I spent this last weekend in Chicago at an accreditation conference. My school is up for accreditation review during the next year. I somehow accepted the request to co-chair our self-study review. I have not regretted the decision to accept the responsibility, but I sure would love to have this time for other things.
The conference was very informative. I learned a lot of things I needed to know. I'm glad I went.
However, I sadly was unable to enjoy Chicago. I went with 3 colleagues. We spent all of our time going to conference sessions or working on our self-study (usually over a drink in the hotel bar). We had no time to explore Chi-town. This really sucked because one of my colleagues lived in Chicago for 5 years and knows everything. He would have been a great guide.
That is my only regret. I wanted to essentially explore Chicago, but never got to.