I’m not a big city kind of girl, but when I crave metropolitan life, Chicago is my favorite place to go. I fly in for a weekend, eat great food, sprinkle in some sightDOING, walk the neighborhoods, and talk to friendly Midwesterners.
I’m going back in November, a little bit because I love the Windy City and mostly because it’s hosting the Frequent Traveler University Expo — a gathering of travel lovers looking for tips to plan their next trip.
What is FTU Expo?
The exhibition space will include exhibitor booths showing off the greatest travel products and services plus four stages hosting travel speakers like me! We’ll be sharing industry secrets on earning and redeeming frequent flyer miles, travel technology tips, and sharing how to take your travel to the next level.
Obviously I hope you’ll come to hear my talk, but you’ll also be able to attend sessions led by Nomadic Matt, Chris Guillebeau, Johnny Jet, and more.
FTU Expo is a full-day event on Saturday, November 18 at the Marriott O’Hare Hotel.
Full access tickets are $39. Since I’m a speaker, purchasing tickets through my link provides an affiliate commission to me (to help cover my travel expenses to the event).
My talk will be all about Miles and Points for Real-Life Travel. If you’ve ever needed to purchase a last-minute flight to attend a funeral, looked for a hotel room because your flight was cancelled, or just needed to fly to Grandma’s house for a visit, this is the talk for you.
Take it Up a Notch
If you’ve ever wanted to travel for free by using frequent flyer miles or hotel points, stay for the weekend. The FTU Signature event starts Friday evening and runs through late Sunday afternoon (November 17-19) with a focus on miles and points. You’ll learn how to travel in luxury at rock-bottom prices and/or how to travel for FREE multiple times per year.
It’s been a few years since the last FTU Signature I attended, but I can guarantee you’ll learn something at the seminars and workshops. The real gold is in the cocktail hours and unofficial dinners or after-parties. The attendees know thousands of secrets and workarounds that you’ll never find online.
FTU Signature tickets are $249 and include access to the FTU Expo.
All events will be at the Marriott O’Hare, so it’s easy to duck in and out of Expo events between Signature scheduling.
…but what about sightDOING?
The FTU events are great and I’m excited to attend, but it would be a shame to go to Chicago, stay at an airport hotel, and never leave the conference. That’s why I’m planning a full day of sightDOING on Friday before the official events begin.
I’m still in talks with Chicago tour operators, but mark your calendars to include 2-3 group activities starting Friday morning. We’ll wrap up in time to head back to the O’Hare area for Friday’s opening FTU Signature event. Email subscribers will get first access to those details (and a chance to sign up) before I share details here on the blog.
Don’t Forget the Rest of Chicago
November weather in Chicago probably won’t be great. Don’t sweat it: winter is my favorite time in Chicago.
Come early and stay a few days at one of my favorite hotels, theWit Chicago Doubletree. Grab breakfast at Little Goat Diner and opt for a cruise down the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan to learn about city architecture in a climate-controlled boat. Skip the line as you visit CityPASS attractions (my husband loves the Museum of Science and Industry) and cap off your evening with a history tour through Chicago’s bars.
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I’ll be in Chicago November 17-19. Will you?
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I’m really excited to be speaking at FTU Expo, but you should know that I also receive an affiliate commission on ticket sales and other purchases made through my website. As always, thanks for your support and I hope to see you in Chicago!