Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago announced that the City of Chicago has been certified as a sustainable destination for meetings and events. Chicago is one of the first cities in the world and the only top-tier convention destination to achieve this distinction to date. In April, McCormick Place became the world's largest convention center to be certified as a sustainable venue under the APEX-ASTM standard. The APEX-ASTM Standard was launched in 2012 by ASTM international and the Convention Industry Council's (CIC) Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX). It is the first standard to provide comprehensive performance requirements for nine areas: Accommodations, Audio/Visual, Communication, Exhibits, Food and Beverage, On-Site Office, Destinations, Meeting Venue and Transportation.
A large colorful, 500-square-foot mural of a parade (depicting an unusual scene with sea creatures as parade floats) was unveiled at the historic Century Building (202 S. State Street) on July 16, 2013 in Chicago's Loop.
The mural is called Float, and is by artist Noah MacMillan.
It took several nights to install and it's the largest printed artwork in
downtown Chicago. It's part of the effort of the Chicago Loop Alliance to use
art, design and technology in public space.
Learn more about the mural.