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Onsite Activities + More

Along with our information packed keynotes, conference sessions, workshops, mini-summits and more, we have a ton of exciting things going on at LinuxCon + CloudOpen this year that you won’t want to miss.


Linux Quiz Show: Daily after Morning Keynotes

Watch your fellow LinuxCon + CloudOpen attendees go head to head against top Developers in the Linux Quiz Show, happening on stage in the Sheraton Ballroom.

  • Wednesday, 10:30am-10:45am - Beat the Kernel Developer
  • Thursday, 10:00am-10:15am - Back to the 80's
  • Friday, 10:00am-10:15am - Head in the Clouds

Gaming Lounge: Daily During Conference Hours

Get your game on in our Gaming Lounge in the Sheraton Chicago Ballroom! Play with Spheros, start a game of air hockey, ping pong or foosball, or try one of our vintage arcade games! Open daily during conference hours.

Comic Book Hero Day: Thursday, August 21

Dust off your capes and stretch out those tights – this year LinuxCon + CloudOpen features a Comic Book Hero Dress Up Day. Honor your favorite superhero, villain, sci-fi or fantasy character by dressing up as them – the more imaginative the costume the better! Preliminary judging will happen during lunch on Thursday in the Sheraton Ballroom and winners will be announced at the Thursday evening Booth Crawl, with special prizes for the best costumes.

For those who don’t have a costume ready, a local costume store will set up onsite on Wednesday, August 20 from 9:30am – 5:00pm in the Ballroom Office (just off the Ballroom Foyer) and will offer costumes for both purchase and rental. Rental costumes can be returned onsite at LinuxCon + CloudOpen on Friday morning from 8:00am-10:45am at the Information Desk in the Ballroom Foyer.

5k Fun Run: Friday, August 22

Don’t forget to pack your running gear because the 5k fun run is on. Join us for an early morning run (3.1 miles) down S. Lakeshore drive through Grant Park and back up. This will be the perfect way to wake up and get your energy going before the final day at LinuxCon + CloudOpen.

Meet in the Sheraton Lobby at 6:15am to start! The run will go from 6:30am - 7:15am.

Attendee Gathering at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub: Friday, August 22

If you’re sticking around on Friday evening, feel free to join other attendees for a closing gathering at Lizzie McNeill’s overlooking the River from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Light appetizers will be served and the pub will be offering badged attendees 10% off beverages.


Offsite Activities to check out before or after LinuxCon + CloudOpen

The city of Chicago has many amazing sights to see. Take advantage of one of the discounted tours below.


Architecture Tours

Shoreline’s Architecture Tours are 75-minutes long and travel all three branches of the Chicago River. Our expert guides will share an insider’s glimpse into the buildings, architecture, and engineering that made Chicago famous as the birthplace of the skyscraper and home of modern American architecture. Nothing is more impressive than this world-renowned architecture as seen from the Chicago River on an architecture tour!  

There are frequent departures from the Michigan Avenue bridge which is just right down the street from the Sheraton. Visit the LinuxCon + CloudOpen Information Desk for discounted tickets at $22 each (versus $36 direct from Shoreline). For more information visit

Bike & Roll

Bike & Roll Chicago is offering LinuxCon + CloudOpen attendees a 20% discount on all bike rentals & tours with the discount code LINUX20 when booking online at You can also stop by the onsite LinuxCon + CloudOpen Information Desk to pick up a coupon for 20% off bike rentals and tours.

Closest Bike Rental Location: 600 E Grand Street
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