About Chicago

Chicago is a big city with a small town feel. You can find unique dining experiences, amazing theater or world-class museums all within a few miles of McCormick Place. A multicultural city, Chicago thrives on its Midwestern friendliness and community feel. Whether you want to do something close to the convention center or head to the heart of downtown (also known as "The Loop"), you're sure to experience the diversity of Chicago's neighborhoods.

Facts and languages

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with a population of almost three million people. The official language in Chicago and at RSNA 2020 is English. Interpreters will be available at the information desks to answer questions in several other languages. Many of these languages are readily spoken in one of the city's 77 neighborhoods. Chicago is located in the state of Illinois and uses the Central Time Zone.


Winter in Chicago will require warm clothes, a heavy coat, gloves and a hat. Be sure to pack a pair of shoes you don't mind getting covered in snow or slush. Average temperatures range from 21 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 6 degrees Celsius) and 35 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius).


An exchange rate calculator such as xe.com is a great tool to convert international currency into U.S. dollars. If you wish to exchange foreign currency, check out Choose Chicago's foreign currency exchange list.


When you experience great service or would like to show your appreciation for a common courtesy, a gratuity, or tip, is always welcome. At your hotel, $1 to $2 for doorman or bellman service and $2 per day for the daily maid service. For restaurants and taxis, it's common to leave 15% to 20% of the total bill.


The standard current for power outlets in the U.S. is 120 volt, 60 hertz. It's recommended to get a Type-B adapter plug NEMA 5-15 to ensure your electrical items work in Chicago.

Take some time during RSNA 2020 to experience all that Chicago has to offer.  

Getting around town