Chicago is a great city to visit and especially during the time of NeoCon. The city itself is inspiring and knowing that the majority of the industry is gearing up for this event, makes the afternoons and evenings eventful. Major vendors such as Interface, Versteel, DIRTT, Shaw, etc… host get togethers at many of the wonderful restaurants, lounges or bars. If you are fortunate enough to attend one of these, you can find yourself mingling with not only your area representative, but also several of the chief designers or graphic designers who are tasked with coming up with the showroom layouts and designs. You just never know who you may be standing next to. Seeing new products by manufacturers can be overwhelming at times, so, if you plan to attend NeoCon 2013, you had better come prepared. Map out your route in the Merchandise Mart before hand and set up appointments with key vendors you want to see so you can ask all the questions you want. Don’t forget to make time to shop on the “Mile”, eat deep dish pizza, take in the sights and most of all, have fun! Its Chicago!