Stories from Steven Moreno
Like any major city in the United States, numerous meetings and conventions set up shop here in the windy city for the public or invited individuals to enjoy. Of all the locations in downtown Chicago for these events to take place in, none is greater than the McCormick Place Convention Center in the southern portion of downtown.
Chicago is a city of constant change and improvement, as much of the city's infrastructure is updated, improved, or downright replaced altogether. This summer will be no exception to this fact as major reconstruction alters the face of the famed Chicago “L” for months to come.
Last Thursday in the main lobby of the Rettaliata Engineering Center, the Spring 2017 Armour Research and Development Expo recognized the hard work and effort made by students conducting research here at Illinois Tech. The spring 2017 expo was somewhat different from previous years in that the time of the presentation was moved from the typical midday time slot in past semesters to one later in the evening.
Even though the school year will end in less than a month, that did not stop the crew at WIIT from holding their most substantial general body meeting of the year this past Friday. The turnout for the meeting was rather large considering the typical turnout for school organization meetings this time of year, consisting mostly of radio show hosts and DJs who currently have time slots in the station’s daily program.
It was recently reported that the delay in the construction of the new academic building on campus was due to the harsh weather in Chicago during the winter months. This has been the official reason given by the school and city alike, but the delay was truly caused by gophers. These are not your run of the mill gophers, however, as many of them have apparently grown massive in size and have begun to surface due to the ongoing work in and around their homes in Morton Park.
On Wednesday, February 15, roughly a dozen students joined with several staff members, including the Marketing Manager for Illinois Tech Dining Services, Eddie Skidmore, for a buffet luncheon in the Pritzker Club in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center to discuss the school’s dining options and services. The luncheon included a great selection of grilled chicken and ham sandwiches, vegetarian wraps, broccoli cheddar soup, salad with balsamic vinaigrette, fresh fruit, and an assortment of cookies and sodas.
Last August saw the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship. The event was highly publicized both on and off campus, bringing numerous famous and important people in the city of Chicago to the Mies Campus for the festivities. Despite all the hype, however, there has still been no progress on the construction of the new building since the end of the ceremony.
Last weekend, the annual architectural festival known as Open House Chicago opened the doors to many of the great structures in this city that are usually inaccessible to the public. In addition to this, volunteer guides provided insight on the history and construction of those buildings and how they are used today. Famous skyscrapers such as the Willis Tower, the Aon Center, and Lake Point Tower opened their private observation decks and restaurants free of charge.
In addition to Springfield being the state capitol of the state of Illinois, the city has significant ties to the sixteenth President of the United States: Abraham Lincoln. The fact that the city is the capitol of the state is directly linked to this legendary statesman, who successfully convinced the rest of the state government to move to a more central location in the state rather than near the Mississippi River. The legacy of President Lincoln is seen across the city, with numerous statues, plaques, and business being named for Lincoln.
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