AT&T Michigan Avenue and their Journey of Innovation!

Come here.  I want you.  Nah… just kidding.  But those words have a special significance if you work for the AT&T Michigan Avenue store.  They were the first words spoken by Alexander Graham Bell on the first phone call in Chicago 139 years ago.  “Come here.  I want you.”

Felix and Fingers Mike Sherman HelloAT&T Michigan Avenue hosted a special celebration commemorating those words on the 139 year anniversary.  They called it a Journey of Innovation.  It was a new, cutting edge experimental environment showcasing AT&T’s journey through the past, the present, and into the future!  They encouraged people off the street to come in and look at what I can only describe as a telephone museum.  This was just during regular business hours at the AT&T Michigan Avenue Store.  People would walk in, probably to look at a new cell phone plan, and would be happily surprised to see an unexpected exhibit!  On top of everything, the staff at AT&T Michigan Ave were giving away prizes to guests who stopped by.  They also supplied hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  It definitely surprised a lot of people.

Felix and Fingers Michigan Ave AT&TThe Journey of Innovation at AT&T Michigan Avenue highlighted several milestones within AT&T’s journey such as the first cellular phone call which took place at Soldier Field in Chicago. The area also shered AT&T’s role in Chicago lives and communities including the It Can Wait movement.  This was incredibly cool.  You walked up to a digital wall and put your hand against it.  It copied your handprint onto the wall, and it acted as a signature.  You were basically saying “I won’t text while I drive.  IT CAN WAIT.”  Lot’s of people participated, and I hope it had a positive effect on their texting practices.


What did Felix do there?

When I arrived (as the featured entertainment) I was handed a sheet of “talking points” to Felix and Fingers Telephonesdiscuss in between songs.  This was, of course, no problem.  At Felix and Fingers, we’re all trained as emcee’s, and we love the chance to banter with the crowd!  Not only did I get to fill people in about the historical aspect of the exhibits, but I was also reminding everyone about the free prize giveaways.  If you tweeted at AT&T Michigan Avenue, you were entered for a chance to win some pretty nice speakers.

For the most part, I keep it chill, playing jazz and some lighter pop.  I did get a few requests from the staff of the AT&T Michigan Avenue Store, including K-Ci and Jo-Jo, and even a few Disney songs.  (If you follow my musical career at all, you know I’m a big Disney dork.)

Felix and Fingers Journey of InnovationIt ended up being a pretty cool event.  On my breaks I was able to walk around and see some of the exhibits, and it was very well done!  I wonder if these AT&T Michigan Avenue exhibits will end up in an actual museum.

Felix and Fingers specialize in all types of events including weddings, corporate events, private parties, and apparently 1 day museums.  Get in touch with us if you’d like to have us at your next event!

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