The 99th Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting will take place between December 1 and December 6 this year. This is the largest radiology meeting in the world, and upwards of 40,000-50,000 people will attend. My first time at an RSNA meeting, I was completely overwhelmed. I felt like I was always missing something very important or late for everything. You need a plan of attack. Go check out the RSNA meeting program online and plan out your time before you go. Leave some flexibility in your schedule so you can spend some time looking at posters and exhibits in the Lakeside Learning Center, which is one of my favorite places to hang out. There is also a resident/fellow lounge area in the Lakeside Learning Center, where you can hang out, get free coffee and food, or browse the latest RSNA publications.
After a hard day of attending talks and looking at exhibits, you should take advantage of the best city in the USA (I am completely biased having grown up in “Chi-town”). Some of my personal favorites include:
1. Giordano’s on Rush by the John Hancock Center: Give up on the diet. You are in the Midwest. Meat, potatoes, and…deep dish pizza!
2. Purple Pig: Went here on a whim with my wife after the ARRS meeting last year. It was a weekday at 3 pm…and packed to the brim with foodies. Really, really good food! It was so crowded, we had to take our food to go and eat it in a nearby food court. Salt-roasted beets, bone marrow, pig’s ear, milk braised pork shoulder—amazing. It’s right downtown in the middle of Michigan Ave. Expect a wait.
3. Navy Pier: I know. It’s touristy—but you are a tourist. Bundle up (layers for sure) and take a ride on the Ferris Wheel.
4. Best view: It’s still a tie. The view on a clear day or night from the Signature Lounge on top of the John Hancock Center is unmatched in Chicago. They say you can see Wisconsin if the visibility is good enough. If you don’t like heights, there is a little strip of parkland, which extends from the Shedd Aquarium to the Adler Planetarium; definitely one of the best views of the Chicago skyline juxtaposed next to Lake Michigan— still to die for.