Here you’ll find more details about the amenities of the conference so that you can prepare accordingly.

A/V Technology

Click here for more information on the Holiday Inn’s A/V set-up.

LCD projectors and screens are available in all break-out rooms, but presenters should bring their own laptops if they need a computer.  If they need to use a Mac, they should also bring any adapters needed.  As with all A/V presentations, it is strongly advised that presenters bring backup copies of their presentations on flash drives and also email them to themselves in the event that personal laptops malfunction or if presenters are sharing laptops with co-presenters. To ensure laptop compatibility, presenters should make a test of their equipment during the continental breakfasts or after Friday’s presentations if scheduled for Saturday’s sessions.

We request anyone needing a microphone to inform Carol Martin of their need as soon as possible: chair [at] Please use the subject line “MICROPHONE.”

High-speed Internet Access

Service Provider: Lits HSIA T-1 Data Connection, 100 Mbps

Wireless Data Connection

Service Provider: Lits HSIA T-1 Data Connection, 100 Mbps


We will be running MWCA’s Twitter account again during the conference.  Hashtag:  #mwca2013.

Food offerings

We’re asking that you indicate at registration which meals you will need so that we don’t waste food.  For people arriving on Thursday, a snack of healthy chips and dips, lemonade and iced tea will be available mid-afternoon.  Breakfasts will be modest:  baked goods (including bagels and cream cheese) plus fresh fruit and hot beverages.  Friday’s lunch will be substantial:, including chicken and garlic mashed potatoes, plus vegetables and dessert.  (The planners can testify that the food is great, because we’ve sampled it.)  Vegan and non-gluten options are available.  A light Friday afternoon snack will be available including popcorn, pretzels, beverages.  Saturday’s lunch will be a boxed lunch, so that we can serve ourselves quickly and move into the open membership meetings.

If you need a heartier breakfast at the start of your day, there are a dozen restaurants within easy walking distance.  Bar Louie, the in-house eatery at the hotel, is open from 11 am to 3 am for any unscheduled cravings.  And, yes, it is a bar; they feature some 39 beers and one hard cider on tap, plus an impressive array of bar food, including non-gluten options.  [link]

At Thurs. evening’s reception, we’re inviting professional members of the MWCA to host a grad student to a beverage—preferably a grad student you don’t already know.  We’re trying to encourage networking and an atmosphere of hospitality.

If you need more detail about the food, contact Nita Meola; 312-369-8827, with subject line “MWCA food.”

Off-site food and activities:  Chicago offers plenty of things to do, and plenty of interesting places to eat and investigate.  For instance, the Chicago Architecture Foundation is holding its third annual Open House Chicago on Oct. 19 and 20 (so you might want to stay over Sat. night); that celebration of Chicago Architecture opens 150 buildings to the public, for FREE.  Or, if you’ve brought your own transportation, there’s Gulliver’s Pub ‘n’ Pizza—definitely a Chicago-type place, one of at least three restaurants claiming to have invented deep-dish pizza, and featuring nearly uncountable architectural and lighting elements of old Chicago buildings.  (Parking’s free.)  Browse the attached list of things to do and places to eat . . . it’s just a start.