Next week the biggest luggage and travel goods trade show takes place in Chicago. We will do that and a whole lot more!

My daughter Hilary, who is the buyer for more than half of the Journeys product lines (we share luggage buying), will accompany me to survey and purchase, for Journeys in store and online, the best of what is new on the market for travellers.

But what the heck. Chicago is one of the great US cites so we will leave a day or two early and do our own exploring.

Fine dining, entertainment, and a buzzing city. That is the reputation Chicago carries.

We would love recommendations but so far we will take in a Chicago Black Hawks hockey game, see one performance of the long standing Second City Troupe and go to night at the theatre.

While I am not the shopper in the family I am certain Hilary will find her own way to the Malls and shops, while I find a couple of buddies who I know will be there and discover some of the better, and perhaps worser) bars in the city.

But in the end the goal is to find the best quality and most unique travel lines for Journeys Travel & Leisure SuperCentre and

I will do a live on location broadcast at noon Sunday CST for the Journeys Travel Show on CJOB; to listen live.

We took the lead in a lot of items over the past few years, bringing in Zip It Socks, disposable underwear, PacSafe and other products whose brands have become synonymous with travel security or comfort.

I will try to blog while we are there about our discoveries.

In the meantime safe journeys to all, and if you want to see some of our lineup of fine product check out