The Windy City. The Cubs. The Magnificent Mile. Pizza and hot dogs. The Blues Brothers…
…the Housewares Show!
The International Housewares Show, held in Chicago every March, gathers tens of thousands of kitchenware-focused store owners, product manufacturers, catalogue marketers, and online retailers from all over the world for three hectic days in one spot: McCormick Place, certainly the largest building complex I’ve ever been in.
My fellow test baker Susan Reid, who once lived in Chicago, said that she always found it discouraging to pass the place on her daily jog. “You’d jog, and jog, and jog, and 15 minutes later, you’d STILL be jogging past the darned McCormick!”
Yes, it’s that big. According to the literature, McCormick Place covers more than 100 acres. And I feel like I walked every one of them.
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