It’s time for one more trip to Chicago for Rick Claus and Joey Snow this week. They’ve saved the best for last, so you won’t want to miss this episode. They also answer some questions from the forums. Keep reading for my summary, but make sure you click over to the Ignite blog for the video and full blog post.
The complete agenda for the week of Ignite is on the website if you haven’t noticed. If you look on Monday night you’ll notice something called Ignite Rocks. Ignite Rocks is the reborn Jam Sessions from TechEd. If you’re a musician or a singer or just enjoy good music performed by your fellow attendees, stop by the House of Blues starting at 9 PM Monday night.
Want to avoid lines when you pick up your conference badge? Ignite is offering several badge pick-up locations away from the convention center. You can pick-up your badge at any of these locations on Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3. Please note that this is only for your badge. Materials pickup (a.k.a the bag and other goodies) is over at McCormick Place. Since you’ll already have your badge though, you should be able to get in and out quickly. I’ll do that on Sunday first thing in the morning to get that out-of-the-way. Here are the locations:
Revolution Brewing – Revolution Brewing opened in 2010 and their production brewery and tap room opened in 2012. They produce ~50 different styles of beer each year, so chances are you’ll find something you like if you visit. I caught up with folks at Revolution Brewing the night they filmed but arrived too late to sample any of the food (and I definitely didn’t sample any beer). I could really go for some of that bacon fat popcorn right about now however.
Rockit Burger Bar – I’ve never been to Rockit Burger Bar, but I really want to go now after watching the video and checking out their website. I haven’t had breakfast yet, and the pictures of burgers and onion rings and patty melts and fried mac and cheese and… Sorry, but I have to close the browser. I just can’t take it anymore. I want a burger, and I want it now, but we still have 41 days to go.
Lagunitas Brewing Company – Originally founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, California, Lagunitas moved to Petaluma in 199 and has been growing strong ever since. They expanded to Chicago in 2014 when they opened a brewery and taproom. Lagunitas took over a warehouse that was part of a complex that housed Ryerson Inc., a steel company. Ryserson vacated the facility in 2012, and Cinespace took over converting it into a place where TV shows like Chicago Fire are filmed. The warehouse couldn’t be used for filming, however, due to vibrations from trains on the nearby tracks. It turned out to be perfect for beer, however, so Lagunitas moved in.