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  • RSNA 2018
  • General Chicago Information

  • Language: The official language of the RSNA annual meeting is English; however, interpreters will be available at the Help Centers to answer questions in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

    Weather: Average temperatures in Chicago during the month of December are between 21°F (-6°C) and 35°F (2°C). It is recommended to pack warm clothes: a heavy coat, gloves and a hat. Coat checks (cloakrooms) are available at McCormick Place.

    Emergency Services: 911 is the emergency number for Police, Fire, and Ambulance unless you're in McCormick Place which is 312-791-6060.

    Currency: Click here for an exchange rate calculator. For currency exchange locations, visit the International Traveler’s Page at www.choosechicago.com or www.travelex.com.


    • At the meeting: While there is no official dress code, business casual attire is recommended. However, some attendees prefer more casual attire. Common dress for men is dress pants or khaki pants and a collared shirt or sweater. Common dress for women is a dress, or a skirt or dress pants and a blouse. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes as McCormick Place is a large building and often attendees walk quite far to get from one area of the building to another.

    • Chicago Restaurants: Appropriate attire will vary greatly depending on the restaurant. It is recommended to visit the restaurant’s website or call in advance to confirm the dress code. A restaurant reservation desk is available in the Grand Concourse at McCormick Place.

    Smoking: Chicago law prohibits smoking in public buildings including McCormick Place, and most bars and restaurants. Reference the RSNA 2017 program for a list of designated smoking areas at McCormick Place.

    Tipping: Although gratuity is based on personal discretion, customary tipping etiquette for satisfactory service is as follows:

    • Restaurants and Taxis: 15-20% of total bill. Often, restaurants will include a tip for large groups, so be sure to check the bill before adding tip.

    • Daily Hotel Maid Service: $2 per day. It is recommended to leave this money daily as a different person may clean your room from day to day.

    • Doorman: $1-2 per service rendered.

    • Bellman: $1 per piece of luggage handled at arrival and departure.

    Power Outlets: The standard current for power outlets in the U.S. is 110 V-120 V. Power/outlet adaptors may be necessary for those traveling from outside the U.S.

    Shopping: As U.S. tradition follows, many retail stores will offer discounted pricing on their merchandise during the week of RSNA 2017 due to the Thanksgiving holiday which occurs in late November. The city of Chicago has a 10.25% goods and services tax for retail purchases.