Explore Chicago

SAIA is headed to Chi-Town, and that means plenty of attractions, sports, and shopping along with good food and drinks. It’s also a city rich in history; take, for example, the 1893 World’s Fair – which is also our theme this year. Many new and now-familiar products and inventions made their debut, including Juicy Fruit gum, Cream of Wheat, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, the ferris wheel and prototypes of the dishwasher and fluorescent light bulbs.

If you’re more fascinated by gruesome crime lore and the macabre, then there’s America’s first documented serial killer, H.H. Holmes, who used the fairgrounds to hunt for victims. Using mastery and charisma, the infamous mass murderer would lure unsuspecting fair-goers to his labyrinthine “Murder” Castle, as it later became known, where he performed heinous acts.

While there’s nothing left of the castle or the ferris wheel to see, we do hope you make some time before or after the convention to take in the sights and sounds of this gritty yet cosmopolitan city.