Swartwerk Media Design in Chicago attends various web and technology realted conferences every year. An Event Apart has been especially rewarding and informative in the last 7 or 8 years with its diverse group of excellent speakers and topics. WordCamps can provide you with great oppurtunities to learn as well as surround yourself with other WordPress enthusiasts. Through the years we have attended the CMS Expo, Internet Retailer and other web and technology conferences and seminars. And yes - we love chilling with rock stars.