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    Rick and Joey answer two of the top questions from the Ignite Forums, and explain how you can ask questions and share your input. Then, they give you another taste of Chicago's top attractions—including the Museum of Science and Industry (a.k.a., paradise for geeks!)

    Top questions this week from the Microsoft Ignite Forums

    Did you know you can ask questions, share your opinions, discuss your plans and connect with peers on the Microsoft Ignite Forums? Just click on http://channel9.msdn.com/Forums/MicrosoftIgnite to get started. Your question may even make it on the Countdown Show!

    Question #1: Where do I input the promo code IgniteNA to receive the discounted attendee rate when registering for Microsoft Certification exams?

    Answer: Go to www.microsoft.com/learning and register for your exam. Enter the exam location (Microsoft Ignite North America 2015), and when you get to payment (step 3), you'll enter the promo code IgniteNA. Remember to pre-register for your exams to secure your desired timeslot.

    Question #2: Are there sessions on Friday, May 8?

    Answer: YES! With so much happening at Ignite, Friday will include sessions, HOLs, Certification Testing, and more. Plan to come early to take in a Pre-Day session, and consider staying into the weekend so you can enjoy some of Chicago's top attractions.

    Speaking of top attractions...

    Watch the video for a virtual tour of Chicago hot-spots you won't want to miss while you're at Ignite. Plan time to spend at these historic and amazing locations—like the Museum of Science and Industry, United Center, The Second City, and more. Read on for details!

    Museum of Science and Industry
    Looking for a chance to play in a tornado or create your own avalanche? The Science Storms exhibit at The Museum of Science and Industry should top your list, revealing the science behind seven natural phenomena—lightning, fire, tornados, avalanches, tsunamis, sunlight and atoms in motion. Check out the Transportation Gallery, exploring all kinds of planes, trains, cars, and more—including the Spirit of America! Take flight in simulators that let you experience aircraft from throughout history. There is so much here, including a new Robot Revolution exhibit coming in May. This is the perfect place to get your geek on. Open daily, 9:30am – 4:00pm.
    http://www.msichicago.org/
    https://twitter.com/msichicago

    The Second City
    When it opened in 1959, The Second City hosted such comic greats as Ed Asner, Alan Alda, and Valerie Harper. It quickly became a local hot-spot, and the most prolific and influential comedy club in the world. John Belushi, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Martin Short... the list goes on and on. You can sit and watch a night of improv, take in a sketch, or even take a class—and soak up the atmosphere that's been the launch pad for today's most influential and well-known comedians. Shows nightly, with matinees and late night shows on Friday and Saturday.
    http://www.secondcity.com/
    https://twitter.com/TheSecondCity

    "The Bean" at Millennium Park

    If a walk in the park is more your speed, cross over the bridge from the Art Institute Chicago (see Countdown Episode 3) to Millennium Park—home of "The Bean." Officially titled "Cloud Gate," the 110-ton "bean" is made out of polished stainless steel that mirrors everything surrounding it. You won't be the first person to check your reflection. With its state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design, and art, Millennium Park is a great place to explore and people watch.
    http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.html
    https://twitter.com/millennium_park

    United Center
    Home of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls, United Center is a must-see for sports fans. Opened in 1994, it's the largest arena in the U.S., and hosts concerts and events throughout the year. Check their website for upcoming games and events.
    http://www.unitedcenter.com/
    https://twitter.com/unitedcenter

    Join us for Episode 5 of the Countdown Show, coming next week! We'll share more Microsoft Ignite news, and tips for making your trip to Chicago memorable.

    Microsoft Ignite is May 4–8 in Chicago at McCormick Place. Register today.

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