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    • General Travel Information

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

      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 Convention Center.

      Emergency Services: 911 is the emergency number for Police, Fire and Ambulance.

      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.

      Smoking: Chicago law prohibits smoking in public buildings including the McCormick Place Convention Center, and most bars and restaurants. Reference the RSNA 2014 program for a list of designated smoking areas at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

      Restaurant Reservations: It is recommended to secure restaurant reservations as far in advance as possible as availability books-up very quickly.

      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 2014 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday which occurs in late-November. The city of Chicago has a 9.25% goods and services tax for retail purchases.