Visit Chicago (and see us!)

As we may have already mentioned, we’re going to a little event in Chicago next week…

visit us 3McCormick Place, Booth #S2136!  Register now and drop by!  But maybe you need some additional incentives, besides having the chance to see our newest tech and talk with our team while networking with the largest gathering of our industry in North America?  Well, let’s not forget another important part of Fabtech 2013, the fact that it’s taking place in Chicago, one of our favorite places in the world.  Why is Chicago a great place?  Well, here are a few choice examples of Chicago wonderful that should give you just a few more reasons to attend Fabtech (as if you didn’t already have enough!).


  • Chicago is home to the world’s largest free outdoor food festival — The Taste of Chicago.
  • Chicago is home to Lincoln Park Zoo — one of the world’s last free zoos.
  • At 2.2 million square feet, Chicago’s famous McCormick Place has the largest amount of exhibit space of any convention center in the country (hint, hint!).
  • Harold Washington Library (The Chicago Public Library) is the world’s largest public library with a collection of more than 2 million books.
  • The game of 16-inch softball was invented in Chicago.
  • The World’s largest cookie and cracker factory as well as the world’s largest ice cream cone factory are located in Chicago.
  • The first TV daytime soap opera ever to air in the United States was “These Are My Children,” broadcast from Chicago’s NBC station making Chicago the birthplace of TV soap operas.
  • Chicago is home to the world’s largest water filtration plant, The Jardine Water Purification Plant.
  • Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is the world’s second largest aquarium in the world. It holds 5 million gallons of water to support 20,000 aquatic animals.
  • The first car race ever seen in the United States was held in Chicago in 1895. The length of the track ran from Chicago to nearby suburban Evanston.
  • Chicago has over 200 theaters, over 200 art galleries, over 7,300 restaurants, 77 community areas, over 100 neighborhoods, 26 miles of lakefront, 15 miles of bathing beaches, 36 annual parades, 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths, and 552 parks.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.
  • The Chicago Post Office located at 433 W. Van Buren is the only postal facility in the world you can drive a car through.
  • The Twinkie was invented in Chicago in 1930.
  • The first Blood Bank ever in the United States was created in Chicago in 1937.
  • Chicago is home to eleven Fortune 500 companies.
  • The first Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago in 1893.
  • Chicago is home to the world’s largest urban population of Poles outside of Warsaw.
  • The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backwards.
  • The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is the second highest building in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Four States are visible from the top of the Willis Tower. (Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin)
  • The first televised U.S. presidential candidates’ debate was broadcast from Chicago’s CBS Studios on September 26, 1960, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.

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