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Chicago Historical Architecture Walk

Map IconView a custom Google map of the buildings on our tour here:


We’ll be meeting downstairs in the lobby area at 12:15 on Saturday. Be sure to sign up during registration if you’re interested!

A few glimpses of the buildings on our tour:
Printer's RowFisher BuildingMonadnock, Western View
Kluczynski Federal BuildingPortal Marquette Building ExteriorMarquette Building Lobby
Skyscraper motif mailbox/elevator indicator & matching chandelierRookery BuildingRookery Building Lobby

Notes from Clare Parkinson:

My architectural history professor, Richard Betts, used to say that in terms of architectural influence, Chicago is the third great city in the world, after Athens and Paris. Chicago is where modern architecture – steel-frame construction, the skyscraper – was born at the turn of the 20th century. There are still a few lovely buildings from this time, and some nice examples of the architecture of later times as well. Continue reading Chicago Historical Architecture Walk

Get Help in the Happiness Bar!

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Looking for help or advice with a specific WordPress problem?

Need a plugin recommendation? Having trouble configuring your theme? Got a weird problem you just can’t figure out?

Bring your questions and your admin login to the Happiness Bar, in the Arts room, and one of WordCamp Chicago’s friendly volunteers will help you sort our your website.

The Happiness Bar is a live help desk, where WordPress professionals sit, and wait, for attendees to ask them a question. Often populated with WordCamp speakers, organizers or volunteers, a rag-tag group of WordPress professionals are always around to help!

Give back to the community

You don’t have to be a hardcore expert to give back to the WordPress community. Continue reading Get Help in the Happiness Bar!

Learn More About Our Saturday Activity Hour


On Saturday we’ll have 2 hours for lunch between speaker sessions! There’s time to explore the city and chat with new friends and still have time for lunch, or participate in one of our organized activities.

Networking lunches

Join a small group of attendees who share your interests at a local restaurant. Discussion to be lead by one of our amazing speakers. Choose from:

  • Non-profits: How WordPress can help your mission. At Tamarind, led by Hilary Fosdal.
  • Education: how to use WordPress for teaching. At Plymouth Restaurant rooftop, group leader TBA.
  • Development. At Plymouth Restaurant rooftop, group leader TBA.
  • Plugins. At Plymouth Restaurant rooftop, group leader TBA.
  • Themes. At Plymouth Restaurant rooftop, group leader TBA.

Architecture walking tour

After the fire of 1871, Chicago had to rebuild from the ground up. Innovations in technology and design made it the birthplace of modern architecture. Join Emily Barney and Clare Parkinson for a walking tour of architectural history from the old-school masonry of the Monadnock block to Mies Van der Rohe’s minimalist Federal Building. We’ll be getting boxed lunches from CafeCito – orders will be taken at sign-up.

Please note, for all organized lunches:

  • Space is limited, first come, first served.
  • Sign up at registration when you arrive in the morning.
  • All participants are responsible for the cost of their own lunch.

Lightning talks

In the Engineer (Loop/River) Room. John Havlik, Brian Busche, and Joel Bronkowski will give 10-minute talks about their experience and current projects.

Looking For Work/Looking To Hire Meetup

Looking for a new gig? Looking for new players to add to your team? Meet and mingle in the Lounge (Multimedia) Room for job-related networking. You’ll be able to indicate whether you’re looking to work or looking to hire with a specially colored sticker.