Chicago 2017 is now firmly in the rear-view mirror, O’Hare Airport and all.
The show itself was a well attended event, with a just announced attendance of nearly seven thousand paid. According to show organizers, this was a 13% increase over 2016. From my standpoint, AXPONA 2017 was a busy show, with good to great traffic on all three days. In fact, the Westin O’Hare Hotel was so packed that parking really was an issue. Many people had to park elsewhere and walk or shuttle in. Even the Westin shuttle bus to the airport was having trouble making it around the parking loop.
Regardless, the AXPONA team and Liz Miller did a very fine job of making this year’s show run smoothly, without any major hassles that I am aware of. My hat’s off to them for making the experience a pleasant one for all attendees. A large audio show is a huge enterprise; to do it this well is a tribute to a job well done.