Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference, returned to Chicago for a third time this year. The annual event took place Nov. 14-16 at the LEEDcertified McCormick Place West Building, drawing more than 15,000 attendees and over 350 exhibitors. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that the conference had an economic impact of $32 million for the city.

Chicago has been chosen to host Greenbuild repeatedly due to its status as one of the most sustainable cities in the world. This year, it achieved the exclusive LEED for Cities Platinum certification from USGBC. The city has over 800 LEED-certified buildings, 12 of which are hotels and lodging.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Human X Nature,” the intersection of humanity and the built environment. Some of the highlights included tours of sustainable communities, buildings and sights in Chicago; the Leadership Awards Reception in the Willis Tower; and the Women in Green luncheon.

Andrea Hahn, general manager of Chicago’s new MB Ice Arena, knows her way around an ice rink.

 

Held at the United Center Sept. 21-23, 2018, the Laver Cup—a men’s tennis tournament pitting six top European players against six of their counterparts—marked the first time this major event has been held in the United States. Total event attendance was more than 93,000 people, with fans from around the world traveling to Chicago for an unforgettable experience with the game’s best players. “The Laver Cup was a huge win for Chicago,” says Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission.

 

As if Chicago doesn't already have enough of its own, the Windy City invited more than 300 artists from across the country to participate in the fourth annual One of a Kind Chicago event April 26-28. From pottery and paintings to clothing and jewelry, One of a Kind Chicago had an abundance of art for the viewing pleasure of art critics and window shoppers alike.