Date: Fri, 4 Aug 1995 11:16:48 -0400
From: Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: next conference
Having just conducted a thorough inspection of the site, including an
overnite stay in a remodeled suite (o, the sacrifices my job requires, all
for your benefit), I can add to Larry's report -
The Barclay is finishing a $5 million remodeling. All suites now have fully
equipped kitchens, with glasses, dishes, utensils, coffee maker (and Kona
coffee), microwave, refrigerator with icemaker - you can store your favorite
beverage, or a carryout from a neighborhood restaurant.
All meeting rooms are on the 6th floor. Elevators are faster now.
The former meeting room on top level has become an exercise room, with
weights, stationary cycles, stair steppers. If you tire of the lake and city
view, you can watch TV while you work out.
Complimentary full breakfast in the former Barclay Club on 7th floor.
Unfortunately, it's now serve yourself, and (at least when we visited) even
the coffee cups are styrofoam. (Back in your room, however, are real ceramic
The Barclay is nomenclaturally challenged. If you call 800 - 833-4353, you'll
get the Summerfield Suites national number, and then will have to punch your
way to the Summerfield Suites downtown Chicago, aka Barclay. The remodeled
sign on the front of the hotel says only, Summerfield Suites; but while we
were there, they added a banner reading Barclay. Anyhow, be prepared for
either name; the place and the rate are still the same.
The sept issue of the Newsletter of the American Dialect Society will have
further details. If you aren't an ADS member, you can get a copy of that when
it's published, and membership information, by sending your s-mail address to
- Allan Metcalf, ADS executive secretary AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]aol.com