Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Seattle, WA
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I enjoy the show in Chicago, and am going again this year. Nice winter break, and the Navy Pier venue is quite comfortable. As mentioned previously, go early in the week or early Saturday if you want to get on the boats. I most enjoy the small booth displays - typically a lot of useful ideas that you might not think about otherwise. Spend some time wandering the exhibit aisles. most of the vendors are happy to talk to you about their product, and it is a good chance to compare products if you are in the market for a particular item.
I typically go to several of the seminars. They are hit and miss. Some are only thinly veiled advertisements for some product or other, while others are truly informational and often helpful. It is easy to wander in and out of most of them, though, if you find them to not be useful. There are lots of seminars, so pick a few and check them out. You can easily see what you want in a day, along with a few seminars. Have fun.
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." - William Arthur Ward