Discover Unmissable Sessions and Must-Hit City Spots for Your Visit
Four years after it last graced our city, IMTS is back in full force, hosting over 1,200 exhibitors across 1.3 million net square feet of show floor. Outside of McCormick Place, the city of Chicago boasts over 7,300 restaurants and around 800 bars. With so much to explore, where do you even start?
Start with our insider’s guide!
Amper is Chicago born and raised, so we’ve put our heads together to help you make the most of both the event and the city. We know you’re already thinking about all the delicious food and stunning sites this city has to offer, so we’ll start there and then get into all the high-value sessions.
IMTS After Dark
Need a place to keep networking, let loose, celebrate, or take a breather? We’ve got you covered. Use this list (curated by the Amper team, your friendly locals!) to find the perfect spot for your post-event needs. (All distances are from McCormick Place.)
Drinks (10- to 20-minute walk)
Dive: Reggies—Great pub grub, live music, and loads of beers. What else could you need?
Sports bar: Fatpour Tap Works—Famous for their “fat” 22 oz beer pours, large draft menu, and more.
Cocktails: Nine Bar—Chinatown’s very own speakeasy hidden inside the Moon Palace Express.
Rooftop:VU Rooftop Bar—Unbeatable city views—and just a few blocks away from McCormick Place!
5 days. 19 tracks. 269 sessions. Overwhelmed? Don’t worry—we’ve combed through the schedule to make sure you don’t miss anything good! Take a look at our recommendations and add them to your planner for a smooth, enriching experience.
MakingChips Panel Discussions
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 2:00 p.m. | Grand Concourse Main Stage
We cannot wait for these sessions! Podcast hosts and manufacturing superstars Jim Carr, Nick Goellner, and Jason Zenger will host a different panel of dynamic manufacturing leaders on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. (Spoiler: The Wednesday panel includes our own CEO, Akshat Thirani!)
Bonus:Take a photo with the MakingChips hosts at the Amper booth! Tag MakingChips and Amper, include #IMTS2022 in your post, and receive a free swag bag.
Job Shops Workshop Day 1 — Where Have They Gone? Is It Us or Is It Them?
Monday at 11:45 a.m. | South Building, Grand Ballroom S100 A&B
Sponsored by our friends at PaperlessParts, this session features leaders in employment, job shops, and education. Get the scoop on why the problem may not be the “disappearing workforce,” but rather outdated approaches that need to be rethought.
Chris Czarnik, CEO, Career [RE]Search Group Nicole Wolter, President & CEO, HM Manufacturing Andrew Crowe, Founder, The New American Manufacturing Renaissance
Job Shops Workshop Day 1 — Taking the Traditional Job Shop Digital
Monday at 1:40 p.m. | South Building, Grand Ballroom S100 A&B
As digitization and new technology continue to take shape, traditional job shops may be wondering what it takes to join today’s digital industrial revolution. Don’t miss industry peers sharing strategies, successes, and lessons from their own experiences across different tier level suppliers.
Gary Vasilash, Editor-at-Large, Gardner Business Media Aneesa Muthana, President, CEO & Co-Owner, Pioneer Service Inc. Scott Volk, Vice President & COO, MetalQuest Jennifer Herron, CEO & Founder, ACTION ENGINEERING Peter Doyle, President & CEO, Hirsh Precision Products Inc.
Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. | South Building, Grand Ballroom S100 A&B
Want to improve company culture, invigorate your personal brand, and empower the next generation of female leaders and innovators? Get ready for a session brimming with action-ready tips across three talks:
Improving Company Culture Lisa Block, Chief Revenue Officer, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies
Creating Scalable Habits to Free Up Your Mind for Problem-Solving and Still Get Your To-Dos Done Lisa Woodruff, CEO & Founder, Organize 365
Valuing Our Contributions Jenny Drescher, Founding Partner, Bolder Company Inc.
This show has been four years in the making and we could not be more thrilled to welcome everyone to our wonderful city—and, of course, talk shop for five days. Don’t forget to swing by the Amper booth #135685 to say hi, get some goodies, and chat with our experts. Check out all our IMTS programming here. See you soon!
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