Countdown To Ignite: The One About Breaking In Shoes Now, Wrigley Field, Navy Pier and Buddy Guy's Legends

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In Episode 7 of the Countdown Show, Joey and Rick answer questions from Microsoft Ignite Forums and offer a key suggestion for newbies, before taking to the streets once again to visit some classic Chicago destinations. Places you've just got to be. Kind of like Microsoft Ignite, May 4–8 at McCormick Place.

Your questions and a hot tip for attendees!         

Question #1: If you only had time to visit one Chicago destination while at Ignite, what would it be?
Answer: Rick says hands-down he enjoyed the river architecture boat tour, covered in Episode 3 of the Countdown Show. Check out Joey offered two top choices: if you're into art, the Art Institute Chicago, also from Episode 3 , would be his recommendation, and if you're a sports fan, catch a game at Wrigley Field (watch the video and read on for details).

Question #2:  Do you have tips for first-time attendees?
Answer: Keep watching the Countdown Show! An upcoming episode will offer plenty of tips for the first-timer. If you have specific questions (or suggestions), we'd love to hear them, so please share on the Forums.

Hot Tip: Here's a tip we need to give you now—whether you're a first-time attendee or a seasoned veteran. Don't wear new shoes to the conference... your feet will be killing you. You'll be walking all day and into the evening, so buy your shoes NOW and break them in. Buy more than one pair, break them in, and make sure they are comfortable enough to carry you through a full day and into the evening.

Use the Forums! Keep sharing, asking, and commenting on the Microsoft Ignite Forums, via Twitter #MSIgnite or @MS_Ignite, or in the Comments section below the video. The Forums are a great place to start networking early and plan for meetings or social activities onsite.

Ready to experience some Chicago classics?
You seriously can't go to Chicago and not visit Wrigley Field, right? Or hang out in a Blues club? How about a day out on historic Navy Pier? Joey and Rick did all three, and they'll show you what you'll be missing if you don't make time for these classics while you're in Chi-town.

Buddy Guy's Legends Chicago
If you're looking for live Chicago Blues, check out Buddy Guy's Legends. This little club is packed with Blues memorabilia and offers live shows every night! Their menu features New Orleans-style classics like catfish and po-boys. You can buy tickets in advance, but remember that it's open seating (no reserved seats), so plan to arrive an hour early to get a good seat, more if it's a big headliner.

Navy Pier
Chicago's historic Navy Pier really does have something for everyone—with 50 acres of parks, shops, restaurants, an IMAX Theater, Chicago Children's Museum, Ferris wheel and rides, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and so much more. Stroll the Pier and take in the Chicago skyline. Jump on a sightseeing cruise, dinner cruise, or board the 148-foot schooner Tall Ship Windy. The iconic Ferris wheel offers incredible views while you make the seven-minute journey to the top.

Wrigley Field
This is one of Joey's must-see places in Chicago—and if you're a baseball fan, catching a game at 101 year-old Wrigley Field likely tops your list, too. Baseball season is here, so get online and score some tickets to watch the Chicago Cubs play in this historic stadium.

Join us for Episode 8 of the Countdown Show, coming next week!

Microsoft Ignite is May 4–8 in Chicago at McCormick Place. Register today.





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The Discussion

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    I will be 18 years old.Is there any party I can attend? Just curious :P

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    Lol, love it, brutal!

    I do plan on doing a few things, just wanted to know what people thought was best thing to do.

    I have Sunday free just now - no, I don't want to do pre-conf day. Architecture tour is a possibility along with museums, or maybe just wander around the city. Have seats for the White Sox game on the Friday night though, good way to wind down after a long and hopefully great week me thinks.

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