HR Tech is less than one month away. We’re excited to host so many industry leaders, experts, solution providers and partners in our hometown. We’re also looking forward to three days of networking, attending thought-provoking sessions and taking in everything the event has to offer. Of course, a trip to Chicago isn’t complete without taking in a few of the sights as well. Here’s our list of what not to miss at both HR Tech and the city itself while you’re here in October.
- On Tuesday, HighGround will be featured during the Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company session. Come check it out before heading into the Welcome Reception!
- If you’re new to HR Tech, this is a great session. John Sumser is leading HR Tech: An Orientation to the Conference and All Its Possibilities to help first-time attendees map out their conference experience. Bonus: he’s passing out copies of his latest report, “Optimal HR Tech Stack.”
- Deserving of a priority spot on our list is Millennium Park. Here you’ll be able to enjoy and snap photos of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate (us locals call it “the Bean”), the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, the BP Bridge and more. Best of all, it’s free!
- Making the top half of our list is visiting the HighGround team at booth #854. Obviously, we’d love to see you and say hello, but we’ll have a few tricks up our sleeve to make the visit memorable. You can set up an appointment with the HighGround team at HR Tech here. We’d share more here, but then our lawyers would start calling. Just know that it’s big.
- We’re really looking forward to hearing from HR pioneers in BONUS: Bill, Brian and Naomi Hash It Out for You! This will be a great session with plenty of lessons to be shared and new innovations to consider.
- If you head back out for some fresh air, we suggest those who enjoy heights will love the brand new Centennial Wheel on Navy Pier. The first of its kind in the US, this ferris wheel opened in May and will cost you $15 for one unique experience.
- We’re going to double up on the recommendations for those of you that are daring. You really shouldn’t miss a trip to the top of the Willis Tower. The Skydeck has been open since 1974 and three all-glass ledges opened in 2009. It’s been on the must-do list all these years for a reason.
- Thursday morning’s general session is called, Engaging and Retaining the Talent of Tomorrow and it sounds like a can’t-miss Q&A moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien. We’ll be getting up early for this one.
- If you enjoy running, biking or even just want to get out for a quick walk, there’s really no better place to do it than on Chicago’s Lakefront path. It stretches 18 miles and is a great way to enjoy Lake Michigan against the backdrop of this beautiful city.
- There’s perhaps no more beloved sports team in Chicago than the Cubs, and they happen to be having an amazing season. Game One of the National League Division Series is on Friday. If you have enough time, we would absolutely recommend hopping in a cab, an Uber car or riding the El train up north to Wrigley Field. Just taking in the energy of the neighborhood will be worth the trip.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the must-see and do’s around the city and at the conference. And once more for fun, one more reminder… we’ll see you at our booth!