Sure, sure, Chicago is anxiously waiting to find out if we will host the 2016 Olympic Games. I really hope that we get it. We were able to handle one night of complexities that was attended by a couple hundred thousand and watched the world over; why not the Olympics?

We’ve got almost a year before we will find out if Chicago beat out the competition (Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Madrid), but there is another distraction of Olympic proportions taking place in my city that I can definitely count on: BlogHer 2009!

What the heck is it? Here’s the 4-1-1, directly from the BlogHer site:

Building on the momentum of four consecutive sold-out annual conferences, BlogHer ’09 will bring bloggers from every corner of the blogosphere together for hands-on learning, rich discussions, opportunities to meet with the brands that support them and plentiful networking opportunities. BlogHer ’09 will take place on July 23-25, bringing over one thousand attendees together to celebrate 2009’s theme: β€œIn Real Life.”

One of the number one reasons we all attend BlogHer every year, whether coming for the first time or as an old-timer, is to meet our online community “in real life”. So after five years we think it’s a great time to celebrate the fact that our blogging, whether personal, professional or political, has brought us real work, real friends, real satisfaction and is most definitely a significant part of our real life!

BlogHer ’09 will be at the The Chicago Sheraton and Towers from July 23-25, 2009. We will kick off on Thursday July 23rd with out third annual BlogHer Business Conference, and will continue with the two-day 5th annual BlogHer Annual Conference on Friday and Saturday, July 24-25.

When I started reading about folks who would be attending this year’s conference in San Francisco, I was a little curious, a little jealous, and a little bit in disbelief that people would actually get on a plane to attend this event. That all changed, however, after seeing photos, reading stories, and watching someone whose blog I thoroughly enjoy read a post that ripped my heart out to this huge group of fellow bloggers. I found myself not really imagining yet that I’d ever go, but sort of understanding why someone would go.

And then the announcement came about Chicago 2009. I was really excited and decided to figure out if I’d be able to go. I saw the date and thought it looked familiar. I checked the calendar and indeed, Jim and the boys will be away on a Boy Scout trip. I had already decided a while back that I was going to spend a day or two in the city while they were gone, so this works out great! (Instead of spending time alone, I’ll be with a couple hundred other blogging types!) If my budget will allow it, I will even find a roomie and stay in the city; OHMommy tweeted me that in San Francisco, she made the most connections during the social events after hours and I’d miss out a little bit by having to catch a train back to the burbs.

So it’s settled then. I’m looking forward to a great weekend of wearing my tiara in the city and hoping I’ll get to meet some of you! I know that Melissa and Sarah will be headed down there, I’m fairly certain I’ll finally get to meet Momo and Anissa there, and that Andie is going to see if she can make it work; anyone else jumping on the bandwagon? Not sure? That’s okay. You’ve got 8 months to decide! (Sarah Clapp? I think it’s a Starwood Hotel…Just sayin’)