Good afternoon. In 1931, Jane Addams, a community organizer in Chicago since founding Hull House a full 40plus years before, won the Nobel Peace Prize, for work she'd begun almost two decades before....more
AskPatty attended the BlogHer09 conference last week and we're so excited to share our experience. Even though we have worked together for more than two years, this was my first chance to spend some real quality time with my editor Brandy Schaffels.
I'm sort of amused to tell you that I write this from a campground in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. My belly is full of fried cheese curds -- hey, you gotta eat the local specialties -- and my hands are busy slapping mosquitoes. I've got a frosty Goose Island beer -- a yummy Chicago brew that snuck into the ice chest. A couple of kids are running here and there, riding bikes as though they're flying. Our tent is pitched on a flat patch of grass next to an outboard motor boat on a trailer and there's a weird rush hour of golf cars buzzing about.
This is a four-week series to help attendees explore Chicago. Please also visit Walking Tour One, Walking Tour Two and Walking Tour Three.
If you haven't checked out the Chicago Walking Tours yet, and are looking forward to getting to know Chicago a bit, we suggest you look into them now. They're chock-full of history, architectural facts, hidden Chicago gems and some of the greatest shopping in the city. BlogHer community member Cynthia Clampitt created three tours, plus put together these tips and fun facts, and we couldn’t wait to share them with you. Read on for a great city guide about the city’s architectural history, expansive public parks, tips for keeping your bearings, and what to do near the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.
In two days, I’ll be heading to Chicago to my very first blogging conference.
When I started this blog seven months ago, I had no idea that there
were so many bloggers out there. And now, I get to meet about 1,400 of
them. Or at least 5. Including my roommies, (Rachel and Julia) who graciously are letting me crash in their room.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the unique experience of bringing a baby to BlogHer, and offered some tips to moms who were going to be enjoying - yes, really - that unique experience this year in Chicago. I've been thinking about that post a lot lately, because until, like, yesterday, it was looking as though I'd be one of those moms. Again.
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