I thought it would be fun to share a few behind the scenes pictures from the Travel Blog Exchange Conference.
We'd been planning the details of the conference for months, but things really started to heat up the week before I left for BlogHer. I flew in a day early to meet in person with co-host Kim Mance for the first time, and we checked out the Chicago Cultural Center, our venue. OOOh, look at that elegant sign.
The building was completed in 1897 and served as the city's original Chicago Public Library. Today it hosts weddings, meetings, and many free programs arranged by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. It's also home to the incredibly helpful Chicago Visitors Bureau (a TBEX sponsor). Just wandering around the building was a treat. This is the world's largest Tiffany staned-glass dome, and it made me want to renew my wedding vows right away - too bad my husband was home with the big kids
One detail that caused a lot of unexpected drama was the swag bags. While I was blithely lining up useful and interesting items to fill the bags, Shanna Quinn's apartment was beginning to overflow with boxes. By the time everything arrived, she was practically sleeping on swag.
The tireless Shanna took a day off of work to stuff the bags and then loaded them in her car and Kim's mini-van. We all arrived at the Chicago Cultural Center loading dock at 7:30am on the day of the event, we took load after load of them upstairs.
Did I mention that Baby Eilan helped?
The view from our meeting room was gorgeous
and we were delighted to see that our hard work paid off. The room was packed with attendees eager to hear from our speakers!
I'll post more about the actual event soon!