9. Don't expect Chicago to make you happy
that's up to you. You might end up sad. You might even become happy to feel sad when leaving. Even the company of stupendous family plus astonishing inspiring adventurous business people like Raul, Andy, Gigi, Becky, Jane, Nigel, Molly, Jenni, Dawn, Eric, Jasmine, Jean, Kevin, Laura, Leslie, Liz, Mana, Jon-David, Mark, Mike, Rosemary, Ric, Shashi, Sheila, Valerie, Marti, Jennifer
- may not stop you feeling sad & fixed on returning to Chicago.
10. Don't expect Tim Howard to be there forever
you'll have to get to know other stars that bind the nation into a stronger community. But if you can bring your nap-sack of local heroes with you - like Roger Overall, Aodan Enright, Miriam O'Connell, Jenny Brennan, Jonathan Amm, Mark O'Mahony, Eoin Kennedy & Ciara Feely (the Unconventional crew who're building the Unconventional event in Cork on 28 October)
- people in Chicago will be supportive of your efforts. Chicago is a breeding ground for collaborations - you better prepare yourself for that - unless you want a reserved quiet time.
If you've been to Chicago already - what are your tips please. If you live in Chicago, please chip in with your tips too.