Made it to Chicago safe and sound. I have about an hour to kill before the welcome dinner where I hope that they will clarify what we do and what we do not need to attend.
Everything should wrap up by 9, back to the room to get some work done and hopefully some sleep. So far everything has been fine, although I miss my family and hate feeling trapped in a room. Maybe the lectures will keep me busy, and the internet access is strong, so I can work and learn all at once.