From both a personal and professional perspective, I’m very excited about the location of this year’s ANESTHESIOLOGY® annual meeting. Although Chicago needs no introduction as a world-class economic and cultural center, the city can sometimes take an unfair beating, mostly through snippets on the nightly news and other media reports that don’t take into full account the vast dynamism of this city. This sort of thing has been happening to Chicago for well over 100 years. The city has mostly responded by growing taller, wealthier, savvier, more integrated, more innovative and more fun.

To a person, every visitor I’ve talked to about Chicago agrees that it’s one of the most vibrant, robust and creative cities they’ve ever seen. As I write this report, Chicago is in the midst of an economic and cultural renaissance. Cranes dot the skyline from...

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