The year’s largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries is the NFPA Conference & Expo, June 9-12 in Las Vegas.
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
Chicago has five Tony Award-winning theater companies, original world premier productions and breathtaking classical performances. Learn more about Chicago's theater and performing arts at the Choose Chicago website.
One of the things I enjoy about business travel is the opportunity to explore new places. Playtime is limited, so it requires savvy planning to highlight your business trip with a personal touch! In addition to the great sites that Jennifer mentioned in earlier posts, I’d like to highlight a couple of events occurring just before and after the Conference that I found in the Chicago Visitors' Guide.
On the other hand, if the Proposed Revisions to the 2014 NEC® or Changes to NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2014 edition) interests you, then you’ll want to stay for our post-conference seminars on Friday, June 14th. After class, you can enjoy the Taste of Randolph , a multi-cultural display of food, vendors and music!
This week’s blog is brought to you in two parts: part one is
an event and part two is one of the many iconic films set in Chicago. Their
common thread is blues music, and admittedly, that takes all the mystery out of
If you’re in Chicago a few days early for the pre-conference
seminars, or just some vacation time, the Chicago Blues Festival is taking
place from June 6-9 in Millennium Park. This event is the largest free blues
festival in the world, and the biggest of the Chicago Music Festivals, bringing
in over 500,000 attendees.
If you aren’t going to be there early, or if the outside
world isn’t a huge draw, there’s always The Blues Brothers. A cult film from
1980 that was inspired by an SNL sketch, it stars John Belushi and Dan
Aykroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues. They embark on a mission to save the
orphanage that they were raised in by reforming their old band and putting on a
show. This is not done in the most ethical or practical way, and involves Chicago
cops, a country band and Nazis chasing them haphazardly through the seedier
parts of the Windy City.
Enjoy the movie’s incredibly eclectic trailer
below and let us know your favorite Chicago movies!
Unless you’ve been living in a reality free from images of
Chicago (which is unlikely, given the recent posts on this blog), the massive
metal bean known as the Cloud Gate should ring a bell. It’s one of the most
recognizable Chicagoan icons and sits in a position of prominence in Millennium
Park. Summer moves quickly in the city, especially when working around a
bustling expo, and the park offers a chance to get outside and enjoy the
The park is located right next to the Art Institute of Chicago.
If art and the sight of grass aren’t enough of a draw, Millennium Park has some
profoundly unique features
(Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, The Boeing Galleries, etc.) and areas to eat (The Park Grill). Additionally, the
2013 Grant Park Music Festival will take place at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, on the Great Lawn in the
middle of Millennium Park, beginning June 12.
From the wreckage of the Great
Chicago Fire to a massive shopping district, the Magnificent Mile is a
13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue with 460 stores, 275 restaurants and
copious landmarks and other attractions. During the summer, it is quite crowded
but worth a visit.
The hundreds of stores along the mile are mostly high-end
retailers, but the blocks surrounding it feature shops for any price
range. Restaurants speckle the area,
which offers an opportunity to satisfy the need for a deep dish pizza (Giordano’s) or southwestern
or get your chocolate fix at Ghirardelli’s.
The Magnificent Mile is the site for many seasonal exhibitions.
During the summer, it puts on the free Summer Concert Series and the Gardens of
the Magnificent Mile festival. Anyone window-shopping or wandering on the mile
is welcome at the events.
One event that draws a lot of attention in Boston is the Boston Early Music Festival, held every other June. The celebration of Renaissance- and Baroque-era music has been called “the world’s leading festival of early music” by TheTimes of London. It features a fully-staged baroque opera, concerts by some of the world’s leading musicians, and nearly 100 smaller fringe concerts. This year, the festival happens to take place during the NFPA Conference & Expo!