The End party was atrocious last year. Impossibly long food lines that basically gave a sampling, so dark it was difficult to see where one line stopped and the next one started. The outdoor venues were a little better. I thought FOB was pretty good, though it was obvious they weren't feeling the crowd, but it's not really their scene. Chicago was a great town, but the food at the conference was terrible right from day one, ridiculous considering how much of a food town Chicago is. Also, no hotels near the conference, shuttles that didn't run long enough during the day made for a bad experience.