In the span of one month, we managed to host three events: Atlanta, Japan and Chicago. This was a momentous task for our crew but we managed to make it possible. The reason for such as packed schedule is due the availability of venues and how we can manage to fit all ten events on tour into a year’s time.
For those who are not aware, this year is our 10th year doing Wekfest as a whole, which started in our home of the San Francisco Bay. Interestingly, we decided to make Wekfest a national tour in 2011 and Chicago was the very first city we ventured out to for an event. After that first year on tour, we didn’t go back to the midwest until 2016, when the decision was made to further expand our reach. At the time, I felt that we should go back to the Windy City as in many ways, we owe it to them for helping us kick off the Wekfest name domestically.
Chicago as a city, is one of the crew’s favorite to visit. Simply put, this place is just beautiful from an aesthetic point of view. This year, we decided to try out a new venue in Navy Pier, which lies on the edge of Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago. The choice was a success, the venue provided us with a unique atmosphere that is unlike the convention centers we are often used to. It’s safe to say that we have found a home to settle in for years to come.
We start things off with the Saturday before the event. The day prior is usually set for our set up and walkthrough of the venue, followed by some sightseeing and pre-meet during the evening.
As Sunday came about, it was finally show time. The crew arrived extra early to get familiar with the layout of the venue to ensure staging was conducted as smooth as possible. The weather was gloomy and cold, but luckily it didn’t rain much in the morning.
I think it’s safe to say that the scene in the midwest has progressively matured. Thanks again to all those who came out from far and near.