This event was in Burlingame, near San Francisco. It was a lot of fun, MANY vendors, about 98% food vendors of course, and a large focus on gluten free. It's a good way to try products before buying them, and there were some vendors there that were new to me. I didn't attend any of the lectures.
One thing I learned it that there are a LOT of GF foods out there that I have absolutely no interest in. Many of them are highly processed. However, there are also those that are more whole food focused, as well. Some of the vendors were small local businesses, so I'm sure the array will be different in Chicago, in that respect.
Udi's, Rudi's, Bob's Red Mill, Pamela's, Schar's (I think that's their name?) all the big companies were there, and were generous in their giveaways. I came home with flour mixes to try out, cereals to try, and knowing that the Schar's brand is worth a try.
It was definitely a high carb, high sugar day, but I tried to plan for it, and just didn't log food that day. There was no way to figure the counts, but I wanted to try all those samples.
And now I'm back to my normal eating habits, and have a new appreciation of keeping food simple.
The expo was worth attending, I think, although I don't know if I will go again. Once is enough.
Hope that helps?
One day at a time...