Date: Fri, 4 Aug 1995 11:16:48 -0400 From: Allan Metcalf 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 mugs.) 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 me. - Allan Metcalf, ADS executive secretary