Archives for January 2014

Chicago Destinations

Happy New Year everyone! Over the next few months I will be posting more about Chicago. I plan on some guest posts for some unique perspectives and suggestions for what to do while visiting. There’s something in Chicago for everyone.
For this post, I’m going to focus on some unique landmarks in downtown Chicago, within easy distance of the hotel.

Millennium Park and Cloud Gate

Chicagoans call Cloud Gate “the Bean” due to its shape, but it’s an awesome piece. The Bean is favorite photo spot among locals and visitors and it’s worth the short trip from the hotel. it’s a completely stainless steel structure with great views of the city skyline, both reflecting in the Bean and as the backdrop.
Millennium park was part of a revitalization project that resulted in a wonderful public space. Besides Cloud Gate, you can wander through lots of outdoor art including the “face towers” which spout water during the summer. You can also hang out at the Pritzker Pavillion during the summer. The Lurie Gardens are also open to the public and should be bursting with local native wild flowers in May.

Art Institute

Right across from Millennium Park is the Art Institute of Chicago, a well-known and beloved destination. They have an incredible collection of art, ranging from the ancient to the modern. There is something for every artistic taste. It was a wonderful impressionist collection and impressively new modern wing. Hours are 10:30 am to 5:00 pm all week except Thursdays when the hours are 10:30 am to 8:00 pm. General admission is $23.00 but there can be discounted prices for Chicago and Illinois residents.

Shedd Aquarium 

The Shedd is one of my favorite destinations in Chicago. It has a great conservation program and the aquarium’s first priority is the well-being of the animals. Visit with tropical fish, dolphins, beluga whales, penguins and sharks! If you’re an animals aquatic fan, I would recommend the full pass. It includes pretty much everything you’ll want to see. Ticket prices vary depending on the type of pass. The hours are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday during the conference

Adler Planetarium 

The Adler has a prime location as the landmark farthest east on the museum campus peninsula. It has great views of the cityscape, but more importantly, has interesting exhibits on the solar system, the milkyway and other astronomical phenomena. Their skyshows are one the best ways to get a good look at the Chicago’s night sky, any time of the year. The Adler’s hours are 9:30 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday and Sunday. General Admission is $28.00.

The Field Museum

Have you ever seen “The Night at the Museum” with Ben Stiller? The enthusiastic t-rex who likes to play fetch is the Field Museum’s one and only Sue. She proudly guards the entrance of the Field Museum. In addition to Sue, the Field Museum has lots of unique exhibits. Some exhibits are permanent while others rotate. Check the Field’s website for information on current exhibits.The Field is open 9 am to 5 pm everyday and ticket prices vary depending on package.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is located a little north of the hotel, a short EL ride, in Lincoln Park. The Zoo is a well-known destination in Chicago. Another great perk is free admission. During April and May, the Lincoln Park Zoo is open 10 am to 5 pm.

Museum of Broadcast Communications

A unique museum north of the hotel but reasonably close. A great place for those interested in journalism and broadcasting. Fun fact: National Public Radio’s local station WBEZ, home station of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and This American Life, broadcasts from Navy Pier. General admission is $12 and the museum’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.

International Museum of Surgical Science

An interesting museum that presents exhibits on the history and development of surgery and related health and medical subjects. General admission is $15 and the museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Magnificent Mile

Michighan Ave, dubbed as the Magnificent Mile, is practically right outside the Hyatt’s doors. Michigan Ave is the place for beautiful storefront windows, great architecture and a chance to pick some famous Garrett’s popcorn.

There are plenty of more destinations and attractions in Chicago that I haven’t had a chance to mention. Check out Chicago’s landmarks, attractions and more at Choose Chicago. It’s a great resource with itinerary, event and destination suggestions for your visit.

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Attend the Patient Experience and Engagement Symposium at MLA ‘14

Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Cost: $200.00 (nonmember, $380)
MLA CE Contact Hours: 4

Libraries and librarians have long been providing services and health information to patients and their families in the healthcare setting and in the community. With health care reform and the complexity of the entire health care system increasing, the move toward patient-centered care has reached the consciousness of almost every health care professional and institution.

The Patient Experience and Engagement: Improving Patient Centered Care One Person at a Time Symposium is designed for librarians and other information professionals working with patients, case managers, consumers and librarians on clinical care and health education teams. Through this symposium participants will gain a better knowledge of the many definitions of patient engagement and discuss and explore new and existing methods of how to connect the public and providers with quality health information resources and tools, including the Patient Engagement Framework.

This half day long symposium will consist of:

  • Keynote speaker, Stephen Wilkins, author of the blog Mind the Gap, which discusses evidence-based insights on how physicians and patients communicate and engage with each other.
  • A panel of invited speakers who will provide their perspectives based on the role they play in their institutions or through their own experiences as patients. Panel speakers include T. Scott Plutchak, Associate Professor and Director, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ruti Volk, a patient education librarian, and Judy C. Stribling, Assistant Librarian at Weill Cornell Medical College and Manager of the Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center (MMPRC).
  • Small breakout sessions to discuss different patient engagement strategies introduced in the Symposium and those shared by the symposium participants.

Click here for additional information.

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Register Now for MLA ’14!

Registration is now open for MLA ’14, “Building Our Information Future!”

Register early to qualify for the discounted fees listed on the registration form. After midnight, central time, April 9, 2014, fees increase by $110.

Learn more about how to register, packages, special services, cancellation, and other details at the main page for MLA ’14 registration.

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Contest Deadline Extended: Building Your Case to Attend MLA ’14

The MLA’14 National Program Committee is looking for winning strategies that MLA members have used to obtain funding from their institutions or employers for an MLA annual meeting. Two prizes of $500 each will be awarded for the most original, interesting, and compelling “asks” for funding.

Submitting your strategy or story will help build a repository of tips, methods, and examples of how you and your colleagues were able to successfully secure institutional funding to attend MLA.

Entries can be submitted until midnight on January 31, 2014 Central time.

Winners will be notified by February 15, 2014, and the winning entries will be reported in the February 20, 2014, issue of MLA-FOCUS. All submissions will be displayed online and available for your fellow librarians to read and learn from. Please note: Your name will only be known to contest judges.

Also, please visit the Sources of Funding to Support MLA Attendance page to learn about opportunities for funding assistance.

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