BlogHer '13: Why We Chose the Sheraton

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Hello friends: We are about four weeks away from the 9th annual BlogHer Conference and we are beyond excited to see you!

As you know, planning on our side has been ongoing for months, and I suspect your planning is in full force -- booking flights, hotels, getting those shoes ready, etc.


If you still haven't booked your hotel, we want to remind you that the host hotel for BlogHer '13 in Chicago is the Sheraton Chicago. We selected the Sheraton Chicago for a number of reasons:

  • The Sheraton Chicago has a past relationship with BlogHer -- BlogHer '09 took place at the Sheraton Chicago
  • There is a dedicated shuttle route between the Sheraton and the McCormick Place convention center that avoids downtown traffic and takes ~9 minutes door-to-door
  • The Sheraton Chicago is more centrally located than the convention center, with easy access to The Loop, Michigan Avenue, The Navy Pier and so much more!
But we also wanted to share a reason that you might not realize we even think about when choosing a venue, but we do:
  • The Sheraton Chicago has an active employment contract with their labor union(s)

We have learned first-hand that we are not the only folks who understand the reach and influence our attendees have...via your incredible followings on various social media platforms. Those platforms make our events a high-profile opportunity for potential union activity, meaning strikes and picketing. We don't want to subject any of you, nor any of our own staff, to that. We don't want to put ourselves, or you, in the position of having to choose whether to cross a picket line. Given that we book our venues months, and sometimes well over a year, in advance, we have always ensured that any hotel that gets our business has no potential union issues looming on the horizon. 

Here is the link to get your room at the Sheraton Chicago - see you there! 

Look forward to answering any other questions about the hotel that you may have!

Lori Luna
vp, event operations


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