ComplexCon is one of the biggest conventions in Chicago. It brings creators and designers together. Reflecting the unique Complex brand, the convention is the perfect mix of art, food, education, innovation, music, and pop culture.
This year’s ComplexCon features some great performers like Schoolboy Q, Ella Mai, Saweetie, and Lucki. You’ll be able to shop apparel, gadgets, and, of course, sneakers from some of the hottest sellers in the world. The convention is also partnering with the charity Kicks 4 the City, which gives shoes to the homeless; attendees are encouraged to drop off gently-used sneakers or shoes for this worthy cause.
It all takes place in Chicago in July, which means you’ll have to plan your trip as soon as possible. The first step in planning your business trip is to do your research. There are several methods for accomplishing this goal, but most of the work here has been done for you. Here are some ways to make the most out of your trip to ComplexCon.
Chicago is known as a city that’s buzzing with business, both old and new.
You’ll find plenty of tech startups in the Chicago area. Most of them have achieved success in the past century. There are also tons of streetwear, fashion, music, and art/design studios gaining national and international prominence.
If you’re going to ComplexCon to network, there could hardly be a better setting.
There are numerous transportation options in the city. You can travel in and out of Chicago by air, bus, car, or train. You’ll find that traveling by air is the fastest yet the most expensive way to travel. Bus fare is affordably priced and can be a comfortable way to travel.
Traveling by train is another option. It’s also one of the most affordable and quickest modes of transportation. A one-way ticket can cost as low as $25. There are also public transit systems that travel in and out of Chicago. You can use the Park and Ride if you live anywhere near the city to get in and out easily.
Where to Stay
As a major metro area, Chicago is home to some great hotels. But if you’re going to ComplexCon, you’ll want to use one of the hotels near McCormick Center, which is where it’s being held. The convention center is just steps away from Chicago’s South Loop and Soldier Field and Wintrust Arena, so once the day is over you’ll be close to lots more action.
The convention recommends and is offering special booking rates at three McCormick Center hotels: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick Place, and Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago.
What to Eat
Chicago is a food city! It has hundreds of restaurants, including bar, casual, expensive, fine-dining, and pizza places. There are chances when the hotel you’re staying at has free continental breakfast. If you don’t have that option, you can check out The Eastman Egg Company, Lou Mitchell’s, and Pittsfield Cafe.
Lunch is surprisingly affordable in Chicago. Some of the most affordable lunches are offered at Naansense, South Branch Tavern Grille, and Xoco. There are also plenty of establishments that have affordable dinners, including Maple & Ash, Mastro’s Steakhouse, and STK Chicago. Book a reservation ahead of time so you can get a table.