Event Planner Roundup – March 10 Edition

Foxtrot by Bill Amend

Today I am off to the Chicago History Museum to see two exhibits with my family; it is my Mom’s birthday and this is what she wants to do (cool mom huh!).

We are going to see Facing Freedom and Out in Chicago. Both sound really interesting to me.

Facing Freedom

What does freedom mean? To whom should freedom be extended? How are denied rights gained? These are some of the questions the new American history exhibition explores. Based on the central idea that the history of the United States has been shaped by conflicts over what it means to be free, this new exhibition uses images, artifacts, and interactivity to explore familiar and not-so-familiar stories from the nation’s past.

Out in Chicago

From its earliest days, Chicago has served as a dynamic crossroads of people and cultures—all who came to Chicago seeking a better life and creating new communities. Out in Chicago explores the stories of a group of Chicagoans who have been here since the city’s beginnings but whose lives have often been lived in the shadows.

For more than 150 years, a complex community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Chicagoans has been at turns surviving, struggling, and thriving, often on the edge of mainstream awareness.  In the nineteenth century, the forces that made Chicago a national metropolitan center also brought diverse LGBT people to the heartland and fostered their development as a community.

If you live in or around the city, the History Museum makes for a great visit. For meeting and event planners, it makes an AWESOME venue. I did an event here a few years ago and it was spectacular. We had a red carpet, search lights and black tie, it was so cool.

Anyway, I am outta here……..

Here is a roundup of posts from the past week that will make you a better meeting planner or event marketer.

This week, I am on an iPad Kick because this is the best computing tool for meeting planners ever invented. When you are done clicking through these posts, you can check out my post about how you can use an iPad and the App EverNote to replace your conference binder.

iPhoto for iPad

  • iPhoto is Apple’s photo editing software and is pretty easy to use. PC Mag gives a rundown on all of the features

50 iPad Tips and Tricks

  • Tech radar has put fifty tips into one post. This is probably the only post that an iPad newbie needs to get rocking.

Top 200 iPad Apps

This is seriously stupid (in a good way). Tech Radar has compiled 200 of the best iPad apps that are out there. Good luck getting through this post in one sitting .

Wacom Bamboo Stylus

This is a really cool thing to have for your iPad. A good stylus pen allows you to take notes, draw and edit photos with ease. I own the Wacom Bamboo Stylus and is only $25.00, you can’t go wrong for that price.

iPad Tutorials

HowToGeek has put together a really great list of tutorials on how to use the iPad. Not a bad thing to spend a few hours checking it out.

OK, that’s it! Have a good weekend.

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith is the Managing Partner of i3 Events but is most widely known as the outspoken publisher of the event industry blog PlannerWire. In addition to co-hosting the Bullet List and Event Tech Pull Up Podcasts, he has been featured in Plan Your Meetings, Associations Now, Convene, Event Solutions, and has appeared on the cover of Midwest Meetings Magazine.

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