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McGraw-Hill at the Field Museum

What a party!

After splitting into teams of eight on the bus over, we charged headlong into the awesome Field Museum on an information scavenger hunt, following clues to various exhibits to answer 14 different questions. This got us looking at a lot of the cool things to see (albeit in a very narrow and hasty fashion), and let us find our way around the place.

There are a lot of very interesting exhibits, including fascinating materials on the histories of different native cultures and a lot of amazing, beautifully presented natural history displays.

The main bad thing about the evening was the fact that my team, Sue’s Clues–although obviously the most awesome team of all from any objective standpoint–was denied a place in the Winner’s Circle due to what I believe to be a combination of blatant favoritism, rampant cheating, bribery and corruption at the highest levels, and the fact that all of us were born under an evil star. Nevertheless, we know in our hearts that we were the best. We’ll always have those memories, team. Sue’s Clues Forever!

Crushing disappointment aside, it’s hard to find much fault with the party at the Field Museum. I felt bad that I didn’t get a picture of the sturgeon for you at the Aquarium on Saturday, so I took this one of Sue the T-Rex and the (ominously red-lit) elephants.

Enjoy!

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(Question: Sue vs. two elephants–who wins? They’re actually pretty much the same size, Sue’s just farther away. And I know Sue’s a T-Rex and all, but there are two elephants and they look pretty fierce.)

I did not get a picture of the very classy tables set up for us, with floral centerpieces and linen napkins and nice china and all, but it was a lovely arrangement. The food was good, and the beverages plentiful and varied, with mixed drinks in addition to soda, juice, wine and beer.

I would note that the music was pretty loud, making conversation a bit of a challenge if you didn’t shout at each other, but this is pretty standard for events and restaurants (does everyone except me love music so loud you have to shout? Why is the music always so loud you have to shout?), so I don’t place any particular blame on the party’s organizers.

My only other complaint is that this party was scheduled at the same time as Library School Reunion, which I therefore had to miss. I’m so sorry, Dr. MacCall. You know we still love you!

It was a lot of fun to have the chance to visit this very cool location after hours, and I had a good time getting to know the other members of my team, so the scavenger hunt was a fun activity even if it was hideously rigged against us from the start.

Big thumbs up for this party. I would go again tomorrow if they had it twice, because we didn’t see half of what there was to see in the museum.

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A Library Student at MLA ’14 – Pacing Myself

I have heard several of my medical librarian colleagues commenting on how it is necessary to pace yourself when attending the MLA Conference.

Yesterday I felt like I jumped into the deep end of the pool with a sink-or-swim attitude.  Today was no different, but I am learning to take the time to enjoy being here, while not being in a frenzy.  There is so much to see and do on the MLA Schedule and in Chicago, that it is tempting to try to do it all, see it all and understand it all.  Not possible.

Here’s my rule of thumb: when all three of your mobile devices shut down you should probably lie down too and take a rest while they are recharging.

When you wake up ask yourself what is possible to accomplish during MLA 14?  Here’s what I’m doing: making some connections, having some conversations, taking notes on Google Docs, gathering business cards and emails, and stopping by interesting Chicago places, if only for a moment.

Here’s my list of things that I’ve enjoyed so far, starting with a few tips on Chicago:

Food: I love Indian food and had a great lunch buffet at Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine about a 20 minute walk north on Michigan Avenue at Walton Street.  The food was well done and there were plenty of vegetarian options.  About 10 people waited on me, but the buffet was only $13.95.  For dessert they had the best gulab jamun I have ever tasted.

Sightseeing:  My nephew who lives here in downtown Chicago said that if you want to view the city from the Hancock Tower, it is a better deal to go to the Signature Lounge on the 95th floor and buy a $10 drink than to pay the same money to go to the observation deck.  We went there last night and the views were awesome, as well as the Tanqueray and tonic!

If you find yourself up by Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine for a hands on CE class, stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art, just across the street.  Right now they have an exhibit of Zachary Cahill’s work which explores the “implications of art as a therapeutic exercise.”  I enjoyed a 30 minute art therapy session after my CE class this morning.

CE Courses:  Technology was the theme of my continuing education courses today.  At 7 am a group of MLA attendees gathered in the lobby and walked about 12 blocks (20 minutes) north along Michigan Avenue (not stopping to shop) to Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  There I attended CE202: Breaking an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System: a sandbox workshop by PJ Grier from NNLM/SEA.  Once again I was overwhelmed with excellent and idea-provoking information.  Wireless and personalized medicine (a la Dr. Eric Topol)?  The necessity of the librarian to advocate for a defined role in the Electronic Health Record? Meaningful Use 1, 2 and 3? HIMSS? Health Level Seven?  Took notes so I can read up on all this fascinating and important information!!!  Not to mention taking some time to explore a freely available sample EHR system in Practice Fusion.

Then a quick walk back to the Hyatt for CE501-Information at Your Fingertips: Tablet Technology by Emily Hurst of NNLM/SCR.  I did not know about all the mobile sites and mobile apps that the NLM makes available for us: http://nlm.gov/mobile. Also going to spend some time looking at Bloomin’ Apps (iPad Apps to support Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy) and the Padagogy Wheel which “shows teachers that the pedagogy should drive the technology and not the other way around.”

So that is why I am now resting and reflecting on the day, while everything recharges.  (Good thing my Chromebook can recharge while I type!)  My second day at MLA ’14 is in the books, and I paced myself – didn’t go back for seconds at the Indian buffet – and satisfied myself with taking notes, knowing that I’ll have time when I get home to review it all at leisure.  Now, let me check my devices to see if they’re recharged yet . . .

 

 

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Highlights from the History of the Health Sciences Section

HHSS Pre-Meeting Tour – Friday, May 16
The History of the Health Sciences Section of MLA is sponsoring a pre-meeting tour of the International Museum of Surgical Science at 1524 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago on Friday, May 16th. They are meeting at 9:20am at the conference hotel (Hyatt) main entrance and will take public transportation to the museum which opens at 10:00. The tour cost is $10.00 each and will probably be 2 to 2 ½ hours long. Please contact Joan Stoddart (joan.stoddart@utah.edu) by May 9th if you are interested.

Section Poster
Join us! Come talk to members of HHSS, the Section that stimulates and supports interest and scholarship in the history of medicine and allied health fields. We will display our poster on Sunday, May 18 from 3:30-4:30 in the Columbus Foyer, Gold Level, East Tower. Meet up at our poster after the session at 4:30 PM, and we’ll find a place to dine together. We look forward to seeing you!

History of the Health Sciences Section Sponsored Program
Celebrating Our Information Future Using the Treasures of the Past
Sponsor: History of the Health Sciences Section
Cosponsors: Consumer and Patient Health Information Section, Corporate Information Services Section, Health Association Libraries Section, Technical Services Section, and Osteopathic Libraries SIG
Monday, May 19, @ 2-3:30, Regency B, Gold Level, West Tower
Description: The time to collect and preserve your archival, historical, and special collections is today. Come learn how libraries and associations have collected, preserved (both physically and digitally), and used their treasures to celebrate the past and prepare for the future. Treasures such as archives and special collections, whether in physical or digital format, can help the library provide information about their institutions’ histories. They are useful in physical and virtual exhibits. They can celebrate events such as 10th, 25th, and 100th anniversaries and begin or end friends and fund-raising campaigns. Rather than waiting for a last minute request, attend this session and start planning for your organization’s future by celebrating its past.

Presentations:
Megan Rosenbloom, University of Southern California, “Branching out of the Rare Book Room: Expanding the Role and Reach of the Health Sciences Special Collections Librarian”

Polina E. Illieva & Karen Butter, University of California, San Francisco, “Preserving the Past for the Future: University of California-San Francisco Library Recipe for Success”

Sarah McCord, Joanne Doucette, Paul Kiritsy, Kathy Krathwohl, & Greg Martin, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, “The New England Prescription Images Database: Building a Strong Foundation for Future Research”

Martha E. Meacham, University of Massachusetts Medical School, “Collaborative Connection to the Past and Future: Introducing an Archival Program and Creating a History and Image Web Exhibit”

Judit Ward and Bill Bejarano, Rutgers University, “Looking Forward, Looking Back: Celebrating Seventy-Five Years of Alcohol Studies”

HHSS Business Meeting
History of the Health Sciences Section will hold its business meeting on Tuesday, May 20 from 7:00-9:00 AM in the San Francisco Room, Gold Level, West Tower of the Hyatt Regency. We would love to have you join us. Bring a beverage, and we will have some breakfast items. We look forward to seeing you!

[Thank you to Susan Sanders for providing this information!]

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Guest Post by Gail Hendler – Chicago on a Shoestring

Thank you to Gail Hendler, Chair, Publicity and Promotion Committee and Associate Provost and Library director of Loyola University Health Sciences Library, for contributing this great post! 

Chicago on a Shoestring
Chicago is a beautiful, diverse, and exciting city with world- class shopping, music, dance, and theater for every taste and every budget. The frugal librarian’s guide to experiencing the best for less offers recommendations for visiting must-see attractions a budget.

Theater and Entertainment
The Second City offers first-rate theater downtown (the Loop) and in various locations around the Chicagoland area. The League of Chicago Theaters offers half-price tickets for same-day performance at three locations in town and online via Hot Tix www.hottix.org . For those who prefer advance planning, Goldstar www.goldstar.com offers deep discounts on plays and other attractions including dance, concerts, comedy clubs, and walking and architecture tours. Check Goldstar for tickets to the Joffrey Ballet’s performance of Romeo and Juliet. Other hot ticket recommendations for May include a visit to Chicago’s most famous and oldest theater, the Goodman, to see White Snake, and a trip uptown to catch Russian Transport at the Steppenwolf. If you’ve never attended a staged reading, come to Shaw Chicago to see it done right. The superb cast will read Man and Superman from April 26 – May 19, 2014. Round out your theater experience with a trip to Chicago’s waterside entertainment hub, Navy Pier. After taking in the Ferris wheel and free admission to the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows be sure to catch Henry V at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Attractions
Chicago’s Miracle Mile offers some of the best shopping in the city world, but bargain hunters will appreciate a trip to State and Lake in the heart of the Loop to spy sales in the stores where natives go to shop. State Street is lined with historic buildings, vibrant art installations, and hosts the annual Spring Flower Show. Macy’s on State Street is the former home of Marshall Fields and is the second largest department store in the world and offers a 10% discount pass to visitors that can be applied to a purchase of Frangos mints – a must-have souvenir and a tradition continued from the Marshall Field days

Lincoln Park Zoo is always free and is a quick bus or subway (“L”) ride uptown from the Hotel. Meet hundreds of species from around the world, visit the beautiful gardens, and enjoy beer or wine while taking in spectacular views of the Chicago skyline.

Back downtown, Millennium Park and nearby Grant Park offer visitors an urban sanctuary that combines green space with art and architecture. You must see and be photographed in front of the “Bean” or Cloud Gate.

For librarians that love to discover new neighborhoods on foot, the Chicago Greeter Program offers free walking tours by knowledgeable, native guides: http://chicagogreeter.com/ Tours are scheduled by location or by interest. Walkers can explore Chicago’s incredible art and architecture in Wicker Park, Hyde Park or Ukrainian Village. Foodies can tour the Logan Square, West Loop, Albany Park or Lincoln Square neighborhoods. History buffs can learn about Bronzeville, Lincoln Park, and Old Town. All this and more and for free!

Chicago beaches are staffed with lifeguards from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but open all year round. Jog, walk or stroll up to Oak Street Beach (Lakeshore Drive and Oak) to visit the Lake that resembles an ocean.

Museums
Some of Chicago’s museums offer free admission days. The Art Institute of Chicago is free on Thursday evenings and the Museum of Contemporary Art is free on Tuesdays. The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art charges no admission to view works of visionary art by self-taught artists and the National Museum of Mexican Art is also free. The Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Adler Planetarium do offer resident discounts and free admission to select exhibits. If you’d like to visit many of Chicago’s world-famous museums, then the official City Pass will provide significant savings: www.citypass.com.

Explore, enjoy and save. Chicago offers visitors substantial savings on so many attractions you will have to return again and again. Welcome to the Windy City, home of great art, architecture, entertainment and hospitable Chicagoans.

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MLA Tour of International Museum of Surgical Science

The History of the Health Sciences Section of MLA is sponsoring a pre-meeting tour of the International Museum of Surgical Science at 1524 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The group plans to meet on Friday, May 16th at 9:30am at the conference hotel (Hyatt) main entrance and take public transportation to the museum which opens at 10:00. The group will receive a tour discount price of $8.00 each and tours are usually 2 to 2 ½ hours long. Some of those attending will plan to stop for lunch (on your own) somewhere along Michigan Avenue on the way back to the hotel. The Newberry Library is very close to the IMSS and is open to the public, so some may want to stop in there instead of heading back.

Please contact Joan M. Stoddart (joan.stoddart@utah.edu), Past Chair of the History of the Health Sciences Section, by April 15th if you are interested in joining the tour.

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Guest Blog Post by Ramune Kubilius

I’m happy to have a number of guest blogs in the coming weeks and months as we move closer to MLA 2014. My first guest poster is Ramune Kubilius of Northwestern University Galter Health Sciences Library with a “What’s New” blog. Thanks Ramune! 

What’s new in Chicago since the last time the MLA conference was in town?

by Ramune K. Kubilius (Northwestern University, Galter Health Sciences Library)

Chicago area MLA members are pleased to again welcome the annual MLA conference to Chicago. The last annual meeting of the Medical Library Association held in Chicago was the 108th, convened May 16-21, 2008. The meeting theme was “Connections: Bridging the Gaps.” Total attendance was 2,436. See: J Med Libr Assoc. 2009 January; 97(1): E1–E41. [PMC2605030]

So, what is new since MLA conference goers last visited Chicago? As mentioned in the 2014 annual meeting blog, http://npc.mlanet.org/mla14/, Chicago has a new public transit card, VENTRA, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013, and there are many new and improved sites to see. Chicago has long been known for its architecture. This is a sampling of a few newer buildings, structures, and additions that certainly make an impression to anyone interested in Chicago’s architectural scene. Information snippets about them were gleaned primarily from their websites. All of these gems are located in Chicago, primarily in the vicinity of the conference hotel. Note: Visits to some of these sites may require advance or special arrangements.

 

BUILDINGS
McCormick Place’s rooftop garden
Location: 2301 South Lake Shore Drive
https://www.facebook.com/mccormickplace

Although 2014 MLA annual meeting attendees won’t be gathering at McCormick Place, the large Chicago convention center, located south of the city’s Museum campus, has a new claim to fame. Launched in June 2013, McCormick Place’s brand new rooftop garden is said to be the largest rooftop garden in the entire Midwest. (At 20,000 square feet, it’s expected to yield 4,000 pounds of produce this year, and more in years to come). The garden’s crew comes from VRIC (the Cook County Sheriff’s Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center, formerly known as Cook County Boot Camp) and Windy City Harvest, a training program operated by the Chicago Botanic Garden. (The director of urban agriculture at the Chicago Botanic Garden is in charge of the garden). The vegetables grown go directly downstairs from the rooftop to Savor, McCormick’s catering company. McCormick Place prides itself on these facts: the garden is an experiment in sustainability, with no middle man, no carbon emissions from shipping or delivering, and it also helps cool the building below. (No information has been found that this garden is open to the public).

 

Trump International Hotel and Tower
(also known as Trump Tower Chicago and Trump Tower)
Location: 401 N Wabash Ave

http://www.trumphotelcollection.com/chicago/

When topped out in 2009, the Trump Tower became the second-tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, after the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). Trump Tower Chicago surpassed the city’s John Hancock Center as the building with the highest residence (apartment or condo) in the world, and held this title until the completion of the Burj Khalifa in November 2012. Now, the twelfth-tallest building in the world, the building design includes, from the ground up, retail space, a parking garage, a hotel, and condominiums. The 339-room hotel opened for business with limited accommodations and services the year that MLA was in town, on January 30, 2008 and construction was completed in 2008. The building received publicity when the winner of the first season of The Apprentice reality television show, Bill Rancic, chose to manage the construction of the tower in his native Chicago.

 

Willis Tower
Location: 233 South Wacker Drive
http://www.willistower.com/

There have been several developments related to this building. Named the Sears Tower throughout its history, in 2009 the Willis Group obtained the right to rename the building, as part of their lease on a portion of its offices and on July 16, 2009, the building was officially renamed Willis Tower. More recently, in November 2013,the Willis Tower was knocked off its perch on the lists as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat decreed that the needle on top of the new World Trade Center in New York counts in the calculation of the building’s height, which pushed the Willis Tower out of the top spot. But, do not despair, a trip to Willis Tower and “The Ledge” is still worth a visit. The Sears Tower observation deck, called the Skydeck, opened on June 22, 1974 but more recently, the new addition, TheLedge, opened to the public on July 2, 2009. It is a glass balcony experience offering a view, two boxes extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis and able to bear five short tons of weight (about 4.5 metric tons).

MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES

Art Institute’s Modern Wing
Location: 111 South Michigan Avenue
http://www.artic.edu/

Founded 1879, The Art Instituteof Chicago, with its signature lion statues out front, has been a popular tourist destination for many years. On May 16, 2009, a new wing was opened, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano. The Modern Wing is the new home for the museum’s collection of 20th and 21st-century art. This 264,000 square-foot building makes the Art Institute the second-largest art museum in the United States. The Nichols Bridgeway connects the Modern Wing’s third level to the southwest corner of Millenium Park’s Pritzker Great Lawn. It should also be noted that the Art Institute’s  galleries of European modern art have been closed for renovation and will reopen just before the MLA annual meeting, in April 2014.

 

Joe and Rika Mansueto Library – University of Chicago
Location: 1100 East 57th Street
http://www.mansueto.lib.uchicago.edu/
see also: http://www.uchicago.edu/features/20110520_mansueto/

In May 2011, University of Chicago opened the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, a structure that includes a domed area for research and study, a preservation laboratory, and beneath the new library’s main floor, a basement five stories deep that can hold 3.5 million books, periodicals and other items. When any of items are requested, they are retrieved by a computer-linked mechanical retrieval system. While other institutions may have opted for remote and offsite storage solutions for older or lesser used materials, the University of Chicago went a different route. What some call a “futuristic” Helmut Jahn designed structure, the Mansueto Library is connected by a bridge pathway to, and rises up from the lawn west of the Regenstein Library that was built in 1970. ( John Crerar Library, the science library, is down the street at 5730 South Ellis). Look for announcements about possible organized tours of the facility during the course of the MLA annual meeting. Otherwise, access for visiting users must be arranged through the ID & Privileges Office (773-702-8782) at Regenstein during office hours

 
National Hellenic Museum
Location: 333 South Halsted Street
http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/

As medical historians know, medicine has roots in ancient Greece. The National Hellenic Museum, until 2009 known as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, moved to its present spacious facility in 2011. The building houses not only exhibit floors, but also a gift shop, a library, and an oral history center. Chicago has one of the world’s largest Greek populations and the museum is the first and only major museum in the country dedicated to the Greek journey, from ancient times to the modern Greek American experience.

Pritzker Military Library 
Location: 104 South Michigan Avenue
http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/

In its new building across the street from Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago since early 2011, the Pritzker Military Library is open to the public with speakers, live events and a collection of books, films, and gallery exhibits. All tell the story of the Citizen Soldier in American military history. The library is open to the public, though only members can check out books. It was founded in 2003 by Colonel Jennifer Pritzker IL ARNG (Ret.), (then known as James Pritzker), a military veteran and military history buff, as well as a member of the philanthropic and well-known Chicago-based Pritzker family.  As the library’s website describes, “The library’s holdings swelled from about 9,000 books originally — mostly the Pritzker family’s private collection — to more than 50,000 books, artifacts and videos.”  The library occupies three floors of a restored Holabird and Roche building. One of its named collections is the James Wengert Military Medical Collection.

 

HOSPITAL

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Location: 225 East Chicago Avenue
http://www.luriechildrens.org/

A name change from Children’s Memorial Hospital occurred when the respected pediatrics hospital moved in June 2012 from Lincoln Park to its current location in the Streeterville neighborhood. The new address positions the hospital closer to Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the school’s other affiliated hospitals- Northwestern Memorial Hospital, with its nearby Prentice Women’s Hospital, as well as Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (currently undergoing its own building project). The hospital is built vertically and the public spaces and corridors feature sculptures, a portion of a fire engine as a play area for children, and several corners that have covered balconies where long-term patients can take a breath of fresh (city) air. Located in the hospital are a small library for clinical staff and a consumer education library for patients and their families. Note that the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center Halsted facility and its Pritzker Research Library remain in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

NOT QUITE COMPLETED YET

Another visit to Chicago may be warranted…
 
More coming to McCormick Place
https://www.facebook.com/mccormickplace

In August 2013, Mayor Emanuel and city officials broke ground on the Cermak-McCormick Place CTA Green Line “L” stop. Expected to open by the end of 2014, this new train stop will feature a fully-covered platform, LED lighting and located just two blocks from the campus. In September 2013, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority announced the selection of internationally-renowned architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects to design a 10,000-seat event center at McCormick Place, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016, that will host general sessions for large conventions and trade shows and DePaul University basketball. A new hotel, the Marriott Marquis, to be connected by a bridge to the West Building of McCormick Place, is scheduled for completion in late 2016.

Maggie Daley Garden
http://maggiedaleyparkconstruction.org/

Chicagoans are looking forward to the opening of Maggie Daley Park, named in honor of Chicago’s beloved first lady who died of metastatic breast cancer in November 2011. Construction began October 2012, phase two began a year later, and the Garden is slated to open in 2015. Originally called the North Grant Park renovation project, the plan is to reinvigorate the 20 acres of land, three discrete landscapes along the northern edge of Grant Park. It will transform the sites of Daley Bicentennial Plaza into a single continuous public landscape that will operate at a variety of scales, serve a growing residential community, and join Millennium Park.

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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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