Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

5 MORE Cool Things About NPE2009

If these five things weren’t enough to convince you of the amazing opportunities that NPE2009 has to offer, here are five more cool things:

6. Personal Web Portals for Attendees
NPE2009 has electronic planning tools to help you right-size the show and make the most of your time in Chicago. MyShow Planner allows you to build your own custom route along with a floor plan showing just the exhibitors and educational sessions you are most interested in visiting. When you get to McCormick Place, you’ll be able to use the Map Your Show kiosks (or your laptop) to log in and update your booth-visit and event plans as they change.

7. First RFID Badges at a Plastics Show
At NPE2009, you’ll be wearing a radio frequency identification (RFID) badge that will speed admissions and automate your requests for literature or post-show followup from exhibitors.

8. The Plastics Hall of Fame
Creating a dramatic introduction to NPE2009 for visitors entering the Grand Concourse of McCormick Place, the Plastics Hall of Fame display will highlight the greatest names in plastics, internationally important innovators like John Wesley Hyatt, Leo BaekelandRoy Plunkett, George EastmanDieter Freitag and Georg Menges. The newest group of inductees will be honored at a gala banquet and ceremony on Monday evening of show week. The keynote speech will be given by Mike Ditka, the National Football League personality celebrated as a player, coach and television commentator.

9. New West Building—a Show in Itself
Completed after the last NPE, McCormick West is the most feature-rich building in the McCormick Place exposition center. Its half a million square feet of exhibit space will house Technology Central and many company booths. Another quarter-million square feet is divided among 61 meeting rooms—enough to accommodate the eight or more conference programs taking place during show week, including SPE’s giant ANTEC. And there’s much more to this fabulous building, including Chicago’s largest ballroom, a huge rooftop garden that accommodates 800 people, and extensive amenities and transportation facilities.

10. The New Chicago
This hometown of America’s new president and contending city for the 2016 Summer Olympics has in recent years acquired even more architectural gems, corporate headquarters, and visitor attractions. Millennium Park, completed in 2004, is a 24.5-acre treasury of art, music, architecture and landscape design. By the time NPE2009 takes place, the largest expansion in the history of Chicago’s renowned Art Institute will have been completed, housing modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture, and design—and offering a stunning view of Chicago’s skyline. America’s third-largest city—and longtime home of NPE—offers a wealth of opportunities for shopping, dining, entertainment, sports, and culture.

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