In May of this year, I was invited to our Chicago office to participate in some training for a new recruitment system we are in the midst of implementing. Although I have spent time in the US before, I had not visited Chicago so it was a great opportunity for me to see and explore somewhere new. Driving in to Chicago from the airport, the first thing I noticed was the sky line, which was stunning. With rivers and canals running through the city and sky high buildings, it really is a sight. In fact, it is only when you start walking the streets of Chi-town (as it is affectionately called) do you come to realise the sheer size of these sky scrapers and the beauty of them. Most have been built in different era’s over the last 200 years so their architecture is very different and gives the city a diverse and rich texture. Our office in Chicago, the AON centre, is America’s fourth tallest building. With our floors being at the top end of the building, many days you can look out of the window and see fog or alternatively, landmarks of the city including Navy Pier.
Just like our office in London, the Chicago office was a hive of activity. With the NFL drawer in town, the excitement levels were high as we had a Hall of Fame player coming to do a Q&A with the staff. Deion Sanders was charming and memorable and really set the tone for the highly anticipated weekend ahead. Football is HUGE in the US. When I wasn’t in training, I was spending time with my US colleagues which was fantastic. Not only to put faces to names but to also share thoughts and ideas which was invaluable. In my free time, I was determined to see as many Chicago attractions as possible, from visiting the Art Institute of Chicago to walking through the Millennium Park to catch a glimpse of the famous ‘bean’ and of course no trip to Chicago is complete without eating deep pan pizza, listening to the blues and shopping. Tick, tick, tick!
One major thing that really stood out to me about our office in the windy city is that we have a museum. That’s right! A room filled with photos of how and where Edelman began and our accomplishments throughout the decades, alongside the amazing clients we have had the opportunity to work with. Not only did I feel very fortunate to be travelling with work, it also reinforced to me how much Edelman has to offer.