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Eurex no-shows in Chicago

Ray Charles

Whatever its rivals, and even its friends, say about its technology, one thing is certain about Swiss/German derivatives exchange Eurex: it knows how to throw a great party. Twice a year the Futures Industry Association hosts a three-day gathering - in Florida's Boca Raton in March, and in Chicago in November. At each event, Eurex hosts the party.

At the last Boca Raton shindig, for example, it managed to entice a certain Ray Charles, blues musician extraordinaire, to provide the entertainment. When asked how they'd top that in Chicago the reply was: "We'll have the Rolling Stones."

Sadly, no. It was a local Chicago band on the verge, we were told, of a breakthrough. That was a mild disappointment, but the venue more than made up for it: a 20,000 square foot former warehouse, converted to become Drink, one of the Windy City's top nightspots, and where the drinks are, for some reason, served in baby bottles and jam jars.

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