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It’s never too early to start thinking ahead to DDW 2017, which will be held May 6-9 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, one of the meeting’s most popular host cities.

Almost 15,000 GI professionals gathered in San Diego, CA, for Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016.

In addition to numerous attendees and sessions, DDW featured 4,291 posters, presentations by 911 invited speakers and 1,156 oral abstracts. Here are ways to catch up after the meeting:

  • A comprehensive digital library of presentations from DDW 2016 is available at www.DDW.org/OnDemand. Access is free to meeting registrants.
  • Visit DDWBlog.org to read news from the meeting, watch DDW TV interviews, listen to podcasts with thought leaders, and catch up on the best social media posts.

DDW would like to offer a special thank you to the 285 exhibitors that supported the conference this year. If there was an exhibitor that you didn’t have time to visit in San Diego, please visit this link to contact them now.

Also, make sure to check your email for a survey that was sent last week asking you to provide your opinions about DDW and how we can continue to help you achieve your goals. Please be sure to participate and help us make DDW better.

Of course, it’s never too early to start thinking ahead to DDW 2017, which will be held May 6-9 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, one of the meeting’s most popular host cities.

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Grace H. Elta, MD

“I’m already excited about meeting in Chicago again next year,” said DDW Council Chair Grace H. Elta, MD, professor of medicine and associate chief for clinical programs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “We will be meeting in the height of spring, surrounded by some of the finest museums and cultural offerings in the country and more top restaurants than you can find almost anywhere else on earth. The convention center is well-suited to our DDW program, with plenty of space that is easy to navigate.”

Chicago offers DDW attendees unparalleled sophistication and style, not to mention breathtaking views from Navy Pier and two of the tallest buildings in North America. The city boasts world-renowned museums, nightlife and music in every style, as well as a world-class theater scene that claims more premieres than any other city in the country.

And when it comes to dining, Chicago is second to none. Michelin Guides has recognized nearly two dozen Chicago restaurants with one, two and three stars. It’s no wonder more than 40 James Beard Award-winning chefs call Chicago home. From comfort food to French fine-dining to steak, BBQ and ethnic cuisine from around the globe, Chicago has it all.

Chicago is also a shopper’s paradise. The world-renowned Magnificent Mile, a mile-long stretch of North Michigan Avenue, is known as much for its striking architecture as its world-class shopping. Retail shops, restaurants, hotels, spas and galleries dot the tree-lined avenue. There are even more shopping opportunities along State Street, with a variety of stores at every price point.

Chicago boasts even more attractions. You can stroll along the waters of Lake Michigan with a visit to Navy Pier and its teeming collection of rides, restaurants, theaters and shops. Visit Skydeck Chicago atop Willis Tower, the tallest building in North America, and step onto The Ledge if you dare. The Ledge is a transparent box with endless views over the city and Lake Michigan. The John Hancock Observatory offers great views as well.

Other attractions include the Lincoln Park Zoo, the country’s oldest public zoo and one of the last free zoos anywhere in the world, and Adler Planetarium, which was the nation’s first planetarium. You can also visit Sue, the most complete T-Rex in existence, at the Field Museum.

Chicago is very convenient to most cities in the U.S. and around the world. It’s two major airports welcome passengers from 3,000 daily flights.

Join us in Chicago for DDW 2017 and find out why this is a city in a class by itself. To plan your visit, look for more information on the city page at DDW.org or go to www.choosechicago.com and explore the city on an interactive map.