CHICAGO -- McCormick Place was buzzing with activity today as thousands of young people attended a day-long job fair.
The first of its kind Opportunity Fair and Forum was launched by the "100,000 Opportunities Initiative".
Several thousand people between the ages of 18 and 24 are hoping to make the connection that will lead to a job. And organizers expect there will be hundreds who will walk away from this event with jobs.
The event is part job fair, part motivational pep rally, with 29 major companies interviewing candidates.
The majority of young people attending the event preregistered through community organizations across Chicago.
Grammy Award-winning artist Common will be there later today to inspire the job seekers. U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan is also on hand.
The city of Chicago says those not already registered for today's event will have opportunities at similar events later on in the year.