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SUMMER 2014

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74 | PracticeLink.com SUMMER 2014 W hen vacationers plan trips to Louisiana, they tend to focus on New Orleans. But more experienced travelers have learned that the good times can also roll in a less-frenetic jazz-and-gumbo city just 80 miles northwest along the Mississippi River. That would be Baton Rouge, the state capital. Jazz doesn't spill out onto the streets, but music lovers can f nd it—and Cajun-style entertainment as well—in several lounges. Both bistros and sophisticated restaurants feature crawf sh, catf sh, oysters, soft shell crab and lobster, not to mention the Cajun specialties of gumbo, étouffée and jambalaya. No fewer than seven major Mardi Gras parades took place during the last two weeks before Lent. Diehard devotees of "the real thing" can book space on bus tours, complete with reserved seats for the parade in The Big Easy through the Founda- tion for Historical Louisiana. There's also a more serious face to Baton Rouge that includes strong business success, two universities, medical care and research, cultural offerings—and a strong serving of fascinating political history. Family proximity has been a strong lure for Aldo Russo, M.D. Although he grew up and earned his medical degree in the Dominican Republic, he came to the U.S. for his internship and residency at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. Louisiana entered the mix when he moved to New Orleans for a gastroenterology fellowship at the Louisiana State University Medical Center there, but headed to the Pacif c Northwest to practice in the Puget Sound area. The strong pull of his wife's family brought the couple and their four children back to the southern fold. His son and daughter are now stu- dents at Louisiana State University, while two younger sons are enrolled in private school. For the last 10 years, Russo has found a satisfying professional niche with the Ochsner Medical Center, where he's associate medical director and heads the GI section. "There's a great group of physicians here," he reports. He's made it a point to participate in hospital- related events such as colon cancer awareness and heart walks. The Ochsner System was estab- lished in 1942 in New Orleans and named for Dr. Alton Ochsner, a pio- neer researcher who linked tobacco Equally captivating are the many sum- mer festivals, as well as concerts and other lakefront entertainment opportunities at the venerable Grant Park, the reborn Navy Pier and their newest neighbor, Millennium Park. Sometime during his longtime reign, well-known Mayor Richard J. Daley coined the slogan "Chicago: The City That Works." Almost four decades later, his successors are making sure that the mantra is still operable, as testif ed to by Millennium Park and the Riverwalk. As headquarters for a long list of national corporations, Chicago can also prove that it works for the business world. Many of the companies are showcased by their spectacular buildings, some of them dating back to the rebuilding campaign following the infamous Great Fire of 1871. The f re's aftermath drew some of America's most creative architects to the area. A bevy of talent has made spectacular contributions to Chicago's skyline, including Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), now with 110 f oors the tallest building in America, and the John Hancock Building, now universally pictured on TV as the iconic signature of Chicago. Both have observation decks near the top to view the city's many other architectural wonders from on high. Back at ground level, the Chicago Architectural Foundation conducts dozens of tours, including one by boat along the river. ■ Les Bons Temps Baton Rouge, Louisiana The Chicago River winds through downtown. One popular attraction is architecture tours done by boat. Baton Rouge is home to Louisiana State University, home to some 30,000 students. On Saturdays in the fall, some 90,000 fans fi ll Tiger Stadium to root for the Purple and Gold. Photo by Bill Cobb Chicago Continued from previous page Live and Practice On the water 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 - L i v e - P r a c t i c e . i n d d 7 4 243-Sum14-Live-Practice.indd 74 6 / 1 2 / 1 4 1 2 : 4 2 P M 6/12/14 12:42 PM

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