The NATO SummitMay 20-21, 2012
McCormick Place Chicago
NATO will be holding its 25th summit in President Obama’s hometown of Chicago, United States, on 20-21 May 2012. It will deliver on decisions that were taken at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, driving forward key Alliance policies and reaffirming the transatlantic link.
Chicago Global Crossroads
Key links on this site handle every question you might have about this historic event. What is NATO, who’s going to be here, who’s running this show, what’s going to be happening where…oh yeah…and most important, “this affects me how?” Transportation! Yikes!
Summit related events start as early as April 17th.
Not be missed…in our neighborhood
- Madeleine Albright
May 2, 5-7pm ($20)
Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University
A principal architect behind the NATO enlargement and the alliance’s 2010 Strategic Concept, Secretary Madeleine Albright now serves as co-chair of the host committee for the 2012 Chicago NATO summit. She joins The Chicago Council to reflect on the historic events featured in her latest memoir and to discuss the key lessons from her family’s harrowing flight from Prague in the prelude to World War II.
- Chicago’s Kids and Kites Day at Cricket Hill
May 19, 10am-4pm (FREE…grab a little one and go!)
The 14th Annual Chicago’s Kids and Kites Day will be linked to NATO…a fun-filled day to celebrate the joys of being a kid. From running around outdoors, flying FREE paper kites and enjoying family-focused programming including face painting, crafts, balloon artists and more.
NATO is providing 5,000 kite kits for children as well as pictures of flags and fun facts about representative countries to help inspire children as they decorate their kites. In addition, the festival will also feature a workshop on the history and tradition of Afghan fighter kites. Also, the Big Kite Candy Drop will take place during the afternoon, weather permitting.