Have you seen that the Pre-Day speakers and sessions are listed now on http://ignite.microsoft.com ? Add on one day of depth learning on over 17 topics the day before the official Microsoft Ignite conference starts. Joey and I cover off what’s available and how to register. Also – in case you don’t know Chicago well – we’ve included a few more places to eat and drink in order to take care of your essential requirements of Coffee, Beer and Sky View social drinks. Have a look:
Rick and Joey took us to their favorite hot-spots for coffee, hand-crafted beer, steaks, seafood, and cocktails. Watch the video, check out their websites, and add them to your dinning agenda.
La Colombe Coffee
These guys take coffee to a whole new level, with a roast for every taste—and then some. Open daily, 7:00am – 7:00pm, this is the perfect place to grab a cup on the way to the convention center, or to keep you going into the evening. Check out their cold pressed black coffee by the bottle. You may want to pick some up to bring home!
Goose Island Beer Co.
Now that you’re awake, you may want to try some beer tasting… and this is the place to do it. Goose Island offers a mind-boggling array of craft brews, all made on-premises. New infusions are tapped every Monday, made with fresh fruit selected by the brewer from the local farmers’ market. They offer bourbon-aged beer, a process they pioneered, aging beer in whiskey barrels to bring the barrels’ character to their brew. Grab a bite to eat and a beer sampler. Warning: There are so many brews, you’ll have to visit more than once. Public tours offered Saturday and Sunday, with private tours by appointment.
Tavern On Rush
If steaks and seafood are on your agenda, Tavern On Rush is your destination. The chef’s Louisiana roots show through in the great Cajun flavors you’ll find on their menu, but they are most famous for their prime aged steaks and chops and some of the freshest seafood in Chicago. They offer white jacket/white cloth dining upstairs, the bustling and casual Tavern downstairs, as well as outdoor patio dining. For groups, two semi-private reception rooms and a private dining space can be reserved.
Roof on the WIT
Travel 27 floors up to the panoramic views of downtown Chicago from Roof on the WIT. “Dress to impress” is the dress code for this intimate, modern bar and nightclub. It has a max capacity of 250, so we highly recommend a table reservation. Cozy up by the fire and enjoy a craft cocktail, wine, and something delicious from their eclectic small plates menu.
Keep watching for more tips on making the most of your experience at Ignite, and more ways to enjoy Chicago!