Prior to the beginning of the American Diabetes Association’s 73rd Scientific Sessions hosted in Chicago, Illinois, I spoke with a few members of the diabetes community who would be walking the convention center floor and experiencing the madness for themselves. Scott Johnson was attending his first Scientific Sessions and we spoke about his expectations as a newcomer. Bennet Dunlap spoke about his most anticipated presentations and what he hopes to learn from his week in the Windy City. And Kerri Sparling and I briefly chat about her schedule in Chicago but quickly tangent off into a range of topics too long for this summary. Enjoy.