This activity will be held in the conference facilities of the luxury Swissotel Chicago in Chicago's Millennium Park/Loop area. Swissotel Chicago, designed by renowned Chicago architect Harry Weese and representing the very best of what Chicago downtown hotels have to offer, is an award winning, four-diamond, all-glass traingular luxyury hotel. It is ideally situated on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan and just steps away from exclusive shopping at The Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago, with fabulous wrap-around views from Navy Pier to Millennium Park, Swissotel Chicago offers an exclusive setting.
Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois. With over 2.8 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the third most populous city in the country. Its metropolitan area, commonly named "Chicagoland," is the 26th most populous in the world, home to an estimated 9.7 million people spread across the U.S. states of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.
Chicago was founded in 1833, near a portage etween the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. Today, the city retains its status as a major hub, both for industry and infrastructure, with O'Hare International Airport being the the first or second busiest airport in the world on a consistent basis. In 2008, the city hosted 45.6 million domestic and overseas visitors. As of 2010, Chicago's metropolitan area has the 4th largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of all metropolitan areas in the world.
The city is a major world center for business and finance and is listed as one of the world's top ten Global Financial Centers. The World Cities Study Group at Loughborough University rated Chicago as an "alpha world city" In a 2010 survey collaboration between Foreign Policy and A.T Kearney ranking cities, Chicago ranked 6th just after Paris and Hong Kong and just above Los Angeles and Singapore. The ranking assesses five dimensions: value of capital markets, diversity of human capital, international information resources, international cultural resources, and political influence. Chicago is a stronghold of the Democratic Party and has been home to many influential politicians, including the current President of the United States, Barack Obama.
The city's notoriety expressed in popular culture is found in novels, plays, movies, songs, various types of journals (e.g., sports, entertainment, business, trade, and academic), and the news media. Chicago has numerous nicknames, which reflect the impressions and opinions about historical and contemporary Chicago. The best known include: "Chi-town," "Windy City," "Second City," and the "City of Big Shoulders".
Chicago has also been called "the most American of big cities” and is frequently picked by major publications as the “Best large American city to live in."
As a world class cosmopolitan center Chicago has much to offer its visitors from sight seeing to great dining, shopping, art museums, theatre and much more.