Where All of Ophthalmology Meets
Oct. 18 - 21
McCormick Place, Chicago
View Meeting Essentials (PDF 80KB) for tips and tools for navigating AAO 2014.
Visit your favorite spots and discover what's new in this ever-changing city. View the Choose Chicago site, updated by the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, to find information about:
- Tours and attractions
- Theater and performing arts
AAO 2014 will take place in McCormick Place's North, South and Lakeside buildings. The convention center has undertaken a number of improvements since the Academy met there in 2012, creating a friendlier environment with amenities required for today's meeting attendee, including:
- A Wi-Fi system upgrade that now supports more than 45,000 attendees in the course/session rooms and lobby areas.
- Twenty Third Street Café, a new dining option in the Grand Concourse, offering grab-and-go selections made with locally sourced ingredients.
- A new rooftop vegetable garden – the largest in Chicago – for a new farm-to-table catering concept.
View this short video to see these enhancements and more.
Chicago is known for its restaurants - from fine dining to home cooking.
It can be difficult to get reservations, so plan ahead and book early through Open Table: Chicago Restaurants.
Not sure where to go?
Food trucks deliver. Find out where you can sample the best Chicago has to offer on wheels with Chicago Food Truck Finder or follow @chicagofoodies on Twitter.
Chicago in October is mild with an average high temperature of 62°F (17°C) and an average low of 45°F (7°C). Take advantage and enjoy an architecture cruise along the river, a stroll through Millennium Park or shopping on Michigan Avenue.
Catch a Game
The famous Chicago Bears are a Chicago institution. Root for them in the renovated Soldier Field stadium, located next to Lake Michigan.
The Home of the Blues
Use the Chicago Blues Guide for shows, events and information. Visit Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation, located at the historic Chess Studios where, from 1957 to 1967, legendary blues and rock musicians like Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Etta James and Aretha Franklin recorded.
John Hancock Observatory
Enjoy breathtaking 360° views of the city and beyond at the John Hancock Observatory.