Chicago Keynote Speaker
International keynote presenter, author, and entrepreneur James Taylor has provided assistance for over 20 years to various individuals and companies interested to increase their creative potential and learn novel ways of coping with the changes facing contemporary society. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA, a famous organization whose past members included Benjamin Franklin and Nelson Mandela) with an MBA degree in international business, Taylor offers guidance to his audiences to maximize, monetize and market their creativity and innovativeness.
He travels the world, from Chicago to Singapore, to provide tailored, content-rich and highly visual keynotes to individual and companies from various industries in order to help them unlock their creative potentials and teach them ways to cope with an ever-changing world. His audiences include entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, educators, writers and even rockstars to whom he offers one-to-one coaching, as well as important companies such as Apple, Yamaha, Sony, Bertelsmann and Johnson and Johnson. He provided keynotes all over the world, from Asia and Middle East to Europe and US and appeared in a large number of media outlets, including a 30 minutes BBC documentary where his life and work as an innovator was presented and discussed.
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CONFERENCE CENTRE VENUES
Chicago has many excellent conference centers and facilities, including:
McCormick Place, on S King Dr.
The Conference Center, on Upper Wacker Dr.
Conference Chicago, on S State St.
World Outreach Conference Center, on E 111th St.
Summit Chicago, on N Michigan Ave.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, on N River Rd.
General Information about Chicago for Meeting Planners and Event Professionals:
Chicago is the third most populated city from the United States, after New York and Los Angeles. Its metropolitan area has almost 10 million inhabitants, being the third largest in the US. Positioned along Lake Michigan, Chicago is the region with the largest number of highways and railroads from the United States and is an international hub for commerce, technology, transportation, telecommunications and finance, having the fourth largest gross metropolitan product from the world (approximately $670.5 billion), after Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. Its major sections include the central business district (‘the Loop’) and the North, South and West Sides. Chicago’s most important sites include the Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Sears Tower, the Magnificent Mile and the Navy Pier. The Chicago area is also home to many universities and colleges, some of them, such as the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Northwestern University, being world famous, especially for their research. The city is a vibrant artistic culture, being renowned for its visual arts, theater (including improvisational comedy), film, and music (the most representative genres being blues, jazz, hip hop, house, and gospel).
The City as a Conference Destination
Chicago is a major international convention and conference destination, hosting events focused on business, management, industry and health. Its main convention center, the McCormick Place, is the largest conference center in the US and the third largest in the world. Chicago’s major business conferences include the AOA Annual Business Meeting, the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, and the National Investment Center’s Annual Conference. Its most important industry conference is the AREMA Annual Conference & Exposition , and notable conventions focused on health include the Bank of America Marathon and Health & Fitness annual event, and the United Fresh Produce Association Annual Convention.
Chicago Food Options for Conference Delegates
Chicago is a great place to eat after your business conference, being one of the most important cities in which to try American cuisine in all its variety. Important restaurants include: Oriole (+1 312-877-5339), Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (+1 312-379-5637), and The Polo Inn Bridgeport U.S.A. (+1 773-927-7656), the latter being internationally famous for its brunches. Vegetarians and vegans also have choices in Chicago, such as the Chicago Diner (+1 773-252-3211). However, if you like steaks and barbecues, you should definitely visit the Smoque BBQ (+1 773-545-7427) to sample the most delicious meat meals from Chicago.
Chicago Attractions for Convention Attendees
There are a great number of touristic attractions you can visit after your business conference in Chicago, Illinois. Millennium Park is famous for its works of public art, such as Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate or Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain, as well as it public art exhibitions during the warm seasons. Museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, with its more than 300,000 artworks, or the highly interactive Museum of Science and Industry, are other notable landmarks. Chicago is also renowned for its huge, 35-acre Lincoln Park Zoo, where you can admire over 1,200 animals.