AAO 2018, in conjunction with the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), will take place in McCormick Place, Chicago.
Why Chicago? Like ophthalmology, it perfectly combines Art + Science: from world-renowned art and science museums, to cutting-edge theater, to soulful blues clubs, to inventive chefs, to breathtaking architecture and engineering.
Chicago is a very welcoming city. Built by immigrants, Chicago continues to celebrate its diversity during festivals and parades, in the multiple languages you will hear on the street, and to not-to-miss ethnic restaurants. No other city offers more to see, hear, taste and experience. Discover more about Chicago.
October in Chicago is mild with an average high temperature of 64°F (18°C) and an average low of 46°F (8°C).
Chicago is in the Central Time Zone. In October, the Central Time Zone is -5h UTC/GMT.
There are a number of events that take place in Chicago each month, including these that are planned for October 2018:
In Chicago you will see shows direct from Broadway, and discover theater productions that are destined for Broadway:
Find more shows scheduled for October.
Chicago is also home to some of the best comedy in the country:
Find the convergence of art, science and history in Chicago's many museums, including:
- The International Museum of Surgical Science, which is located in a historic four-story mansion on Lake Shore Dr. One entire gallery is devoted to ophthalmology. Show your meeting badge for $4 off admission.
- The Art Institute of Chicago where you can study how the painter Georges Seurat played with theories of visual perception or experience how Edgar Degas and Claude Monet, both diagnosed with eye diseases, depicted the world.
- The Adler Planetarium where you can see the universe, hear presentations by astronomers or roll up your sleeves in the Community Design Lab.
- The American Writers Museum, the first museum of its kind in the nation, celebrating the influence of writers in the United States and their works. In 2017, the museum was ranked #1 in USA Today's 10 Best Reader's Choice list of attractions in Illinois, and also named #1 by Fodor's Travel in their article "Inside the World's 10 Best New Museums".
Chicago was named the third best shopping destination in the USA by U.S. News & World Report. The 13-blocks known as the Magnificent Mile boasts more than 460 stores - including three shopping centers. The shops cater to all styles and budgets. Find a list of the best shopping in Chicago by TripAdvisor.
View a list and map of Chicago's 2018 Michelin Stars or search for top restaurants with Zagat.
When you are ready, make a reservation with Open Table.
Take a daytime or evening tour of Chicago's famous architecture, historic bars, jazz and blues clubs as well as unique neighborhoods. Explore the possibilities with Viator, an online tour marketplace. Review a list of the Best Things to Do in Chicago by U.S. News & World Report. Looking for something off the beaten path? View the Atlas Obscura Guide to Hidden Chicago.