The Medical Library Association 2014 Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago again this year. In April 2013, the Hyatt completed renovations that include updated guest rooms, a beautiful lobby and a variety of new restaurants. The new lobby includes touch technology to check out hotel events and maps. You can look up directions from the lobby to a conference center room and get turn-by-turn directions, which is helpful in this multi-level hotel. Check out the Hyatt’s fact sheet that includes information about local attractions and hotel restaurants. You can already start registering for a room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for MLA 2014. The MLA 2014 hotel registration page provides the link to register and explains how to get the discounted nightly rate.
- The Chicago river is right outside your door with a free and scenic riverwalk.
- You can pick up one of the water taxis I mentioned in the previous posts on the north side of river.
- Head east on the river walk to stroll along Lake Michigan.
- The Tribune Tower is across the river. The Tribune Tower is a fun and free landmark as the outside of the building contains rocks from all over the world — including a bit from Great Wall of China, Rome, and hundreds more.
- Michigan Ave is a little west of the hotel and goes both north and south. Even if you’re just window shopping, it’s worth your while to walk along Michigan Ave as one of Chicago’s (and Illinois’s) most famous streets.
- There are some unique museums on the north side of the river, close to the Hyatt. Within easy walking distance, only a few blocks, is the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
- A little farther north, about a mile, is the Museum of Contemporary Art.
- Speaking of art, the Art Institute of Chicago is a few blocks south on Michighan Ave from the Hyatt. It’s easy to spot with two large lions guarding the entrance.
- To get to the Art Institute, you will need to pass Millenium Park. This park is a favorite of tourists and natives. Once the summer season starts, there are free concerts in the evenings and yoga in the morning on the weekend. Regardless, it’s a great location to sit back, relax and take in the Chicago skyline. It also has a beautiful wildflower garden and interesting outdoor art.