Just around the corner is the 101st
annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America
, and it’s sure to be filled with all the latest discoveries, technologies and innovations in medical imaging. We’ve been waiting all year to show you what’s new in our line of radiology furniture! Stay tuned for product details in upcoming blog posts.
RSNA can be an overwhelming experience, though, and McCormick Place
(the largest convention center in North America) takes skill to navigate. Here are a few things you should know before you land in Chicago, according to long-time show attendees.
During RSNA 2015:
Don’t bring a lot of stuff.
You won’t want to lug it around all day, especially as you’re trying to visit with people and walk around in crowded booths. If you do have things that you want to get off your hands, there’s usually a spot to check them at the entrance to exhibit halls. At the end of the week, ship home whatever books, brochures, and souvenirs you’ve collected.
Wear your most comfortable shoes!
And dress in layers for too-cold or too-hot exhibit halls. But if you brought only a pair of shoes that pinches or clothes that leave you freezing or burning up, never fear. The Magnificent Mile is a shopping mecca that lives up to its name! Head to Bloomingdale’s
on North Michigan Avenue for six floors of fashion, then stop by the third floor Visitors Center for city information. In addition, there are three indoor malls with stores and restaurants in the area, as well as luxury retailers such as Chanel.
Don’t pay for a taxi.
The taxi line is always incredibly long when the show gets out (most hotels are downtown or in the Chicago Loop) so avoid the bottleneck by catching the Metra
(Chicago’s super-efficient rail system) to wherever you need to go. There’s a station right below McCormick Place, and you can get a free pass for it at the entrance. Or catch one of the free shuttle buses. The commute to and from the show is an excellent networking opportunity to chat up your fellow attendees.
Fuel up early in the day.
There’s not much in the way of food and drink at McCormick Place -- and there’s usually a long line at each concession -- so plan to grab coffee or filling snacks before you arrive. Or sit down to a hearty breakfast at your hotel and skimp later at lunch. Save your calories for dinner at one of Chicago’s world-famous restaurants!
Technology is your friend. :)
The RSNA website at Meeting Central, has excellent planning tools, including a comprehensive list of programs and vendors in the 1.3 million square feet of exhibits. Go ahead and plan your days out on this site, and then when you’re ready, export your schedule to either your Outlook or Google Calendar.
Use the last day of RSNA for in-depth discussions.
Connect with your fellow attendees via social media. Twitter is the best avenue for real-time updates, so follow @RSNA and join the conversation by tweeting your thoughts and observations with the hashtag #RSNA15.
It’s the best way to get one-on-one face time with the most popular, must-see exhibitors. (Otherwise, an appointment may be required for access to key personnel at bigger companies.) It’s quieter then, and people will have more time to talk. Consider revisiting booths if you didn’t get a chance to make a connection and speak directly with a vendor earlier.
This city is easy to navigate.
Chicago is laid out in a reliable grid system so street numbers actually mean something. The State/Madison intersection marks 0/0. Madison divides the city north and south, while State divides it east and west. For instance, Bloomingdale’s is located at 900 N. Michigan Ave., or nine blocks north of Madison St. on Michigan Ave. Blocks are long; one mile equals eight blocks.
Check out this interactive map
of Chicago for restaurants, attractions, and public transit options. Or download the app
here. Here is an events calendar of 711 fun things to do
during RSNA, including area attractions, arts, culture, music, comedy, nightlife, sports and recreation.
If a guided walking tour is more your speed, the Loop Instagreeter
program offers visitors free hour-long walks in Chicago’s downtown area on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They’re fun, informative tours for up to 6 people, available on a drop-in basis.
Chicago is known for serving up good food, from the newest trend to classic dishes, so there’s a lot to enjoy. Without reservations, though, it may be hard to get into popular spots. Use OpenTable.com
(download the app) to make free online reservations at nearly 1,000 restaurants in Chicagoland area.
When you’re craving flaky Chicago-style pizza, where do you go? Try these classic eateries, each with die-hard fans and convenient locations: Lou Malnati’s
, Gino’s East
Our Favorite RNSA Highlight (but then we’re biased!):
This year at RSNA, you won’t want to miss seeing how two trusted brands are better together. Visit Anthro/Ergotron in the North Building, Hall B, Booth #7924
. With Ergotron’s
acquisition of Anthro Corporation in January 2015, you can now get the perfect imaging desks, plus carts, arms, and wall mounts for every part of your facility. We support care everywhere with a combined portfolio of ergonomic products that will help you and your staff stay productive, healthy and engrossed with the work at hand.
Get a sneak peek at our smart mounting and mobility solutions for the entire facility with this virtual tour
. We hope to see you soon!