NATO summit events, protests, closures

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Here is the list of scheduled events, protests and closures for the NATO summit, which will be held in Chicago during the weekend of May 20. We will update this list as more event information becomes available.

Friday, May 18

Nurses group to demonstrate at Daley Plaza.

Maritime security zone to take effect on Chicago waterways, running until Tuesday morning.

Saturday, May 19

Young Atlanticists
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Young Professional Leaders gather to discuss the next generation of NATO Leadership

Chicago Kids and Kites on Montrose Harbor
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NATO is providing 5,000 kite kits for kids. Chicago Kite, a Chicago based retailer, will give tips on how to fly kits. 

Occupy Chicago Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
People's Church, 941 W. Lawrence

Address by the Dutch Prime Minister: “The Transatlantic Relationship: Strong Foundations, New Vigor” at the Chicago Club 
4:15 to 6 p.m.
Will talk about the relationship between Europe & the US. Event is open to the public.


President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama travel to Chicago.

Motorcades will bring dignitaries downtown from O'Hare International Airport, sometimes tying up Kennedy Expressway traffic.

Sunday, May 20 - First day of NATO summit

NATO after Afghanistan - A View from Europe
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Radosaw Sikorski, Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs talks about what’s next for NATO after the war in Afghanistan wraps up. At the Hilton Chicago, open to the public.

Iraq Veterans Against the War march
9 a.m. gather, 11:30 a.m. march
Iraq Veterans Against the War will march with allies and supporters, meet at Rally Grant Park South of the Lincoln Monument at East Balbo Avenue and South Columbus Drive. Veterans will march to NATO generals at McCormick Place where they will return their military medals.

CANG8 rally
9 a.m. gather, noon march
CANG8 rally at Petrillo Bandshell, corner of Jackson Blvd. and Columbus Drive. The march will go westbound on Jackson to State Street, south on State to Harrison Street, east on Harrison past the military recruiting office on Harrison to Michigan Avenue, south on Michigan to Cermak Road, east on Cermak to Indiana Avenue with a rally in the street on Indiana between Cermak and 23rd Street.

Priviate NATO events:

  • Michelle Obama hosts NATO spouses event at Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side.
  • President Obama and other NATO leaders hold working dinner at Soldier Field.
  • Michelle Obama hosts spouses dinner at Art Institute.
  • North Atlantic Council of Foreign Ministers holds working dinner at Adler Planetarium.
  • North Atlantic Council of Defense Ministers holds working dinner at Chicago Cultural Center.

Monday, May 21 - Last day of NATO summit


  • Blue Island branch of Metra Electric line to close for day to shift manpower elsewhere.
  • Look for traffic tie-ups on Kennedy Expressway as leaders head for O'Hare.
  • Authorities say roads that were closed will be reopened for the evening rush hour.

Tuesday, May 22

NATO after Chicago
7:15 to 8:45 a.m.
The alliance and its role in global security. Admiral James G. Stavridis of the US Navy is NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe. At the Hilton Chicago and open to the public.

Turkey’s Economic & Foreign Policy Priorities
9:15 to 11:15 a.m.
An Address from the President of the Republic of Turkey.  At the Hilton Chicago, open to the public.

Europe without Illusions: Reflections from the Czech President
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
The Czech President will argue that European integration has gone too far.  At the Chicago Hilton and open to the public.

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