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NATO Summit Chicago (May 20-21, 2012)

BIOTERRORBIBLE.COM: Based on recent news and events surrounding the NATO Summit in Chicago, Illinois, on May 20-21, 2012, it is possible that Chicago could be the staging ground of a massive bio-terror attack and/or an Obama assassination attempt. These attacks could occur simultaneously or one after the other and would definitely have Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's signature all over it. There will likely be massive protests against the NATO summit in which a provocateur could attack Obama or attack the Occupy Wall St. crowd with a bio-terror device. Coincidentally, the script in the film entitled "The Death of a President" about a U.S. President getting assassinated in Chicago during major riots appears to be transpiring in reality.

Filmed in 2006 but released in 2008, "The Death of a President" is an apparent script for the future assassination of Barack Obama. The assassination in the film takes place at 8:13pm on October 19 (date of the MLB World Series), in Chicago, Illinois, Obama's home town. The president depicted in the movie, George W. Bush, is shot twice at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Chicago by an assassin with a sniper rifle. The top three suspects for the assassination are a full-time peace activist, a U.S. military veteran, and a Syrian man with alleged Al Qaeda ties. Although the Syrian man was charged, tried and convicted for the assassination, the true perpetrator of the crime was the U.S. military veteran's father, a Major in U.S. military and a Desert Storm veteran. If there was ever a blueprint for the assassination of Barack Obama, "The Death of a President" is definitely it.

Title: 2012 Chicago Summit
Date:
April 16, 2012
Source:
Wikipedia

Abstract: The 2012 Chicago summit is a meeting of the heads of state and heads of government of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to be held in Chicago, United States, on 20 and 21 May 2012. The event was originally scheduled to coincide with the 2012 G8 summit, but the G8 summit was later rescheduled to be held at Camp David. This is the first time ever that a NATO summit has been held in the United States outside of Washington, DC.

Agenda

The Chicago summit was originally planned as an "implementation summit" to follow up the 2010 summit in Lisbon. However, the group is now likely to discuss the impact of recent events, such as the Arab Spring, Libyan civil war, global financial crisis, and transition for NATO forces in Afghanistan.

NATO is planning to craft specific resolutions concerning Middle East. Issues to address include the organization's continuing military support of active insurrections in the region, as well conflict with Iran. The group is going to make plans for defending certain areas, such as the Strait of Hormuz.

The organization is also going to review its collective relationship to Russia. Indeed, NATO has stated that Russia's attendance at the Chicago event will depend upon acession to a system of European missile defense. Russia worries about its own nuclear deterrent in the region; the United States insists that a system is necessary to mitigate any threat from Iran.

NATO will also discuss missile defense and nuclear deterrence more generally. The Lisbon summit ordered the creation of a "Deterrence and Defense Posture Review," (DDPR) a document expected to express and discuss conflicts some of the wide-ranging conflicts on the topic within NATO. Reviewal of the DDPR will represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that NATO has explicitly conferred on the topic of nuclear deterrence. NATO members have a diversity of opinions on these topics, and Karl-Heinz Kamp, the Director of NATO Defense College's Research Division, cautions that few clear conclusions may be reached.

The Afghanistan issue in particular faces a public relations timeline due to a declaration by Barack Obama that NATO activities in Afghanistan would be concluded by 2014.

Protests

Planners expect the NATO summit to draw protests from the Occupy movement, as well as the anti-globalization movement. Local fears about the impact of the protests have caused several local schools to reschedule their prom nights. Some schools are considering closing entirely.

Citizen Journalism

A range of groups are expected to organize citizen journalism centers to provide independent media coverage of summit and the expected protests.

Alderman Rick Munoz has proposed legislation for the City Council that prohibits police from interfering with online media and cell phones during the event.

Policing

The summit has been designated a National Special Security Event (NSSE) by the Department of Homeland Security. Final authority over law enforcement thus belongs to the Secret Service.  The NSSE steering committee, which also includes representatives from the Chicago Police Department and has 24 subcommittees, began meeting in October 2011.

Local security forces are being trained by an Illinois company called Controlled F.O.R.C.E., which specializes in subduing crowds. Police are being trained in "Mechanical Advantage Control Holds," as well as the use of tasers.

The city has signed a $193,461 contract with Super Seer Corp. for the procurement of new face shields that fit over gas masks; the shields are intended to protect police officers from liquids. The Chicago Police Department will also prepare its mounted unit with riot gear: armor for horses along with "crowd control training."

New Regulation

Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has proposed and passed new ordinances targeted at potential protestors. Contrary to Emanuel's initial statements, these ordinances will be permanent, remaining in effect after the summits are over.

The new measures include:

1. Authorization for the Mayor to purchase and deploy surveillance cameras throughout the city, without any type of oversight.
2. Restrictions on public activity, including amplified sound and morning gatherings.
3. Restrictions on parades, including the requirement to purchase an insurance policy worth $1 million and to register every sign or banner that will be held by more than one person.
4. The power to deputize many different types of law enforcement personnel other than the Chicago Police Department.

These new ordinances drew protests from the ACLU, Amnesty International, the Occupy Movement (particularly Occupy Chicago), and the pro-life movement. Some local business owners have complained about a lack of transparency in policing because those responsible for security are unwilling to release specific plans (Wikipedia, 2012)

Title: Protesters Urged To Occupy Chicago During G8 And Nato Summits
Date: January 26, 2012
Source: Guardian

Abstract: Adbusters, the group which helped spark the Occupy movement, has put out a call for tens of thousands of protesters to occupy Chicago during the G8 and Nato summits in May.

Seeking out those it describes as "redeemers, rebels and radicals" all over the world, the Canadian activist group is calling on protesters to bring their tents and peaceful barricades to converge on the city and build a camp on public ground. By making the call international, the group said it is hoping to pull off the "biggest multinational occupation" ever.

It encourages peaceful civil disobedience and invokes the spirit of the "Chigago Seven", a group of high-profile civil rights leaders including Abbie Hoffman, who were charged with inciting riots in 1968, when the city was host to violent clashes between police and anti-Vietnam activists during the Democratic National Convention.

Protesters flocking on the city in May will face heightened security, when heads of state, Nato generals and other military leaders will be there. They will also face unique rules in the city against erecting tents, which forced Occupy Chicago to become unique in the Occupy movement for not ever setting up a permanent occupation.

Since a wave of evictions in cities and campuses across the US last November, the Occupy movement, which protested against income inequality and corporate greed, has become less visible, aside from a few rallies or demonstrations. But campaigners insist the movement continues to grow and will rise anew in the spring in time for the May offensive.

The month-long protest will focus on demands for "a Robin Hood Tax … a ban on high frequency 'flash' trading … a binding climate change accord … a 'three strikes and you're out' law for corporate criminals … an all-out initiative for a nuclear-free Middle East" and whatever it decides on general assemblies and global internet brainstorms, according to Adbusters.

Threatening civil disobedience, it added: "And this time around we're not going to put up with the kind of police repression that happened during the Democratic National Convention protests in Chicago, 1968 … nor will we abide by any phony restrictions the city of Chicago may want to impose on our first amendment rights. We'll go there with our heads held high and assemble for a month-long people's summit … we'll march and chant and sing and shout and exercise our right to tell our elected representatives what we want … the constitution will be our guide."

A spokesman for Occupy Chicago welcomed the call, and said it would be publicising it as part of its #ChicagoSpring campaign, which would include protesting at Nato and G8.

Joshua Kaunert of Occupy Chicago said: "Occupy Chicago has a lot of work to do both prior to and after these summits: Mayor 1% has turned peaceful protest and passive resistance in Chicago into a criminal act, violating our First Amendment rights. We are still in the planning stages for all of our spring actions, but we welcome all who want to speak out against the famine and war forced on the world by the G8 and Nato to join us in the streets of Chicago."

Adbusters have said they hoped 50,000 people would converge on Chicago. However, none of the recent actions by Occupy have mustered the kind of numbers that it has managed in the past.

However, Sebastian, a spokesman for Occupy Wall Street – who was unwilling to give his surname – said the adbusters call was "inspiring" and could be the spark that lights up the movement in the Spring.

"The people base is probably growing faster than we had before, as we have spent a long time in network building and outreach work. A single march in Portland was 6,000 people and we had a union march in New York of 30,000 people. The oppression of a movement makes it stronger. They are calling not just on Occupy, but on people internationally. The appeal is huge."

He said that Occupy was already planning actions in May, an important month in the civil rights calender, such as a general strike on May 1, but the adbusters call to protest for the whole month was an "inspiration."

Sam Jewel of Occupy DC said: "Everyone I've spoken to form Occupy DC is pretty excited about it. It's going to be a pretty dramatic few weeks. It will be interesting to see that will happen and whether they will respect for dissent. The mayor of Chicago hasn't ever allowed tents at Occupy Chicago. There is the whole tradition of '68 with all the police brutality there. But we are in a different era of protests now.

"There is a global consensus that wealth is too accumulated by a small percentage, and that our country is not democratic any more" (Guardian, 2012).

Title: Security Fears? Chicago G8 Summit Canceled, Relocated To Camp David
Date:
March 7, 2012
Source:
Russia Today

Abstract: Amid concerns over thousands of protestors descending on Chicago, Illinois for the G-8 Summit this spring, the event has been moved to the presidential compound at Camp David, Maryland, around an hour outside of Washington.

Leaders from the United States, Russia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and European Union were expected to arrive in Chicago this May for the annual meeting of the world’s largest economies. Protesters also had plans for the Windy City, however, and demonstration groups including Occupy Wall Street offshoots had begun orchestrating events to coincide with the meeting. Now barely two months before the event is slated to occur, the G-8 Summit is being moved outside of Chicago to Camp David, a suburban city outside of the US capital that serves as a historic retreat locale for America’s commander-in-chief.

"In May, the United States looks forward to hosting the G-8 and NATO Summits. To facilitate a free-flowing discussion with our close G-8 partners, the president is inviting his fellow G-8 leaders to Camp David on May 18-19 for the G-8 Summit, which will address a broad range of economic, political and security issues,” reads a statement released Monday by the White House.

After the G-8 Summit, the NATO meeting is expected to continue as planned in Chicago on May 20 through 21.

In the past, these high-profile meetings of the minds have attracted massive demonstrations, with the 2010 G-20 Summit in Toronto resulting in the largest mass arrest in the history of the entire country of Canada. In recent weeks, the Apartment Building Owners and Managers’ Association of Chicago began a series of presentations in which it explained how building managers could effectively handle riots, protests, tear gas and bomb threats.

Camp David has served as a retreat for every president since Franklin Roosevelt went into office in the 1940s and has hosted foreign dignitaries such as Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Anwar al-Sadat. Come this spring, however, it will serve as a meeting place for more than just a few heads of state. Obama, Cameron, Merkel and Sarkozy are just a few of the names that are expected on this year’s guest list — and don’t expect there to be many more. Camp David is normally subjected to heightened security standards, and this spring’s G8 Summit won’t come as any exception. For protesters hoping to picket outside the grounds — a mass demonstration would be unlikely.

Coincidently, a new bill drafted by Congress, HR 347, will make it a federal offense to trespass on the grounds of any place granted Secret Service. If approved, the NATO Summit in Chicago will fall into this jurisdiction, as will the presidential retreat at Camp David. What does that mean for protesters? Even if you’re in the proximity of the premises, you could be considered a criminal for engaging in any activity that disrupts a governmental event (Russia Today, 2012).

Title: Secret Service Has Shopping List For Terror-Proofing NATO Summit
Date:
April 16, 2012
Source:
Chicago Sun-Times

Abstract: The Secret Service has an extensive shopping list to fortify the Chicago NATO summit, from barriers to withstand a vehicle going 50 mph to 8-foot-high fences that can’t be climbed.

The specifics are contained in a bid request from the Secret Service, a document called “sensitive but unclassified.” The proposals for equipment rental and project management are due April 24 for the May 20-21 summit.

Many world leaders are expected to arrive in Chicago on May 19 or a few days earlier — and so are protesters and an international press corps.

The Secret Service document sheds light on the massive security operation that is supporting the summit, which will draw up to 50 heads of state plus associated foreign and defense ministers, military attaches and other high-level personnel in national delegations.

The summit itself is at McCormick Place. Other events are taking place at Soldier Field, Navy Pier and the Field Museum. The official delegations will be staying mainly at downtown hotels. First lady Michelle Obama is taking spouses of world leaders to the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side.

The U.S. government —footing the security bill — is looking for a single vendor to deliver a variety of goods and services at a fixed price, starting on May 14, including:

♦ Portable high-security vehicle barriers to withstand the impact of a 15,000-pound vehicle hitting it at up to 50 mph. The barrier needs to be installed within one hour or less.

The Secret Service is looking for between 10,000 and 20,000 linear feet of standard road-side concrete barriers.

♦ Crowd control “barricade systems”: 8-foot-high steel fences with 1/8-inch steel mesh “to mitigate/disperse thrown liquids.” The barricade must be “environmentally sensitive” but strong enough to not be pulled or pushed down, “taken apart, set on fire and easily climbed on.”

The “anti-scaling” fencing order is for between 20,000 and 25,000 linear feet.

The selected contractor can borrow up to 3,600 linear feet of anti-scale fencing from the government — but they have to pick it up and return it to a suburban Washington location.

♦ Between 10 and 20 portable light towers for Secret Service checkpoints.

♦ Sand bags, with no specific number.

♦ A variety of tents for various sites, porta-potties and mobile office trailers.

♦ Between five and 10 golf carts.

The Secret Service declined comment.

I understand that the equipment request is considered routine for an event of the magnitude of the NATO summit, with significant potential targets.

The Department of Homeland Security designated the NATO summit as a National Special Security Event; that puts the Secret Service in charge of the overall security plan.

The bid request was posted online April 10. The bid was first disclosed by Government Security News and Crain’s Chicago Business.

The contractor needs experience in three other high-security events within the past 36 months. All employees must be U.S. citizens and anyone with warrants or felony arrests cannot be part of the work force. All workers will have to undergo a background check by the Secret Service — so the vendor must supply personnel who can “succefully pass the background investigation” (Chicago Sun-Times, 2012).

Title: Blackhawks Circle Low Through Chicago Skies As Secret Service Releases Security Details
Date: April 16, 2012
Source: Fox Chicago

Abstract: Chicago - Blackhawks and A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopters used by special forces circling low through downtown Chicago skies made for a scary scene along the Chicago River, as they rattled windows flying among the city's skyscrapers.

The training exercise comes as the city found out some of the details of what the Secret Service wants for security at next month's summit at McCormick Place.

PHOTOS: Blackhawk Helicopters Circle Chicago

FOX Chicago News has their terror prevention shopping list,
courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times:

  • Portable high security barriers
  • Crowd control barriers
  • 10-12 portable light towers
  • Sandbags, port-a-potties
  • Mobile offices
  • 5-10 golf carts

The Chicago Tribune reports that the most traffic for NATO dignitaries will be between McCormick place and downtown hotels in the Loop, River North and the Gold Coast.

Fifty heads of state will attend, with delegates, and will be moving multiple times each day.

FOX Chicago News viewers called in, describing men with automatic weapons, hanging out of helicopters.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Monday announced that Chicago is the site of a military training exercise this week involving personnel and at least three helicopters.

But the bland press release from City Hall did nothing to prepare folks for the jarring scene that unfolded Monday evening.

“It was frightening,” Jessica Hill said. “I was definitely alarmed.”

At least three Blackhawk helicopters flying at time in close order formation - at other times separating fairly widely - zoomed around office and residential towers for several hours.

“I was pretty amazed,” Felise Llano said, “because they were definitely military.”

Witnesses described three to four very heavily armed men in each chopper. Several said some of the men appeared to be tethered and were at times literally hanging out of the choppers, and looked ready to jump.

Calling it routine training, city officials said in a statement such exercises are conducted by military personnel in various cities around the country. They say the exercises are designed to improve the military's ability to operate in urban environments.

Emergency management officials said the training sites have been selected to minimize the impact on residents' daily routines.

The timing of the drills led some to wonder if they're in preparation for next month's NATO summit.

But officials said that the summit and the drills are unrelated (Fox Chicago, 2012).

Title: Residents Of State Street Condo Told To Leave Chicago During NATO Summit
Date: April 20, 2012
Source: Fox Chicago

Abstract: Chicago - Residents of a Chicago condo whose building will be in the eye of the NATO storm are being warned that they should move out for the weekend ... or risk being trapped inside by rioters.

FOX Chicago News was first to report Friday that the people living in the 17-floor Library Tower building at 520 South State Street were warned in a letter from condo management that "we are STRONGLY recommending that all residents find places to stay during the conference from May 18 through May 21."

READ THE LETTER>>>

NATO summits often attract crowds of thousands of protesters. Currently, a march is planned on Sunday, May 20, from the Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park past Library Tower on State Street to McCormick Place.

The condo is hiring two off-duty police officers to provide security; those cops will be armed.

"In the event of a riot or the potential of one near the building, all access doors will be locked including the garage door," the letter continues. "For everyone's safety, we will be instructing anyone in the building to stay in his or her unit."

"I can't just leave my garage whenever I want. They'll be holding us hostage in here," said resident Sebrina Krielinger.

The condo is in a busy area on State between Harrison and Congress, and residents are used to a lot.

"It's just pretty shocking to see and hear things are going to be scary in your own home," said resident Jeff Lunz. "I think they've got everyone's best interest in mind."

The letter also warns:

  • "We are strongly recommending that you do not have any guests over during this time including dog walkers and cleaning companies."
  • "There will be absolutely no deliveries or moves permitted between Friday, May 18 and Monday, May 21."
  • "The revolving door will be locked on Friday morning."
"I'm inconvenienced by parades and a lot of other things. I can't get out on the day of the Thanksgiving Day parade. So that's just a part of city life," said Lunz (Fox Chicago, 2012).

Title: Residents Of State Street Condo Told To Leave Chicago During NATO Summit
Date: April 23, 2012
Source: CBS News


Abstract: Chicago - Residents of a Chicago condo whose building will be in the eye of the NATO storm are being warned that they should move out for the weekend ... or risk being trapped inside by rioters.

FOX Chicago News was first to report Friday that the people living in the 17-floor Library Tower building at 520 South State Street were warned in a letter from condo management that "we are STRONGLY recommending that all residents find places to stay during the conference from May 18 through May 21."

READ THE LETTER>>>

NATO summits often attract crowds of thousands of protesters. Currently, a march is planned on Sunday, May 20, from the Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park past Library Tower on State Street to McCormick Place.

The condo is hiring two off-duty police officers to provide security; those cops will be armed.

"In the event of a riot or the potential of one near the building, all access doors will be locked including the garage door," the letter continues. "For everyone's safety, we will be instructing anyone in the building to stay in his or her unit."

"I can't just leave my garage whenever I want. They'll be holding us hostage in here," said resident Sebrina Krielinger.

The condo is in a busy area on State between Harrison and Congress, and residents are used to a lot.

"It's just pretty shocking to see and hear things are going to be scary in your own home," said resident Jeff Lunz. "I think they've got everyone's best interest in mind."

The letter also warns:

1. "We are strongly recommending that you do not have any guests over during this time including dog walkers and cleaning companies."

2. "There will be absolutely no deliveries or moves permitted between Friday, May 18 and Monday, May 21."

3. "The revolving door will be locked on Friday morning."

"I'm inconvenienced by parades and a lot of other things. I can't get out on the day of the Thanksgiving Day parade. So that's just a part of city life," said Lunz (CBS News, 2012)

Title: Milwaukee Red Cross Told To Prep For Chicago Evacuation During NATO Summit
Date: April 25, 2012
Source: CBS News 


Abstract: Is there a secret plan to evacuate some residents of Chicago in the event of major trouble during the NATO summit next month? CBS 2 has uncovered some evidence that there is. It comes from the Milwaukee area branch of the American Red Cross.

CBS 2 News has obtained a copy of a Red Cross e-mail sent to volunteers in the Milwaukee area.

It said the NATO summit “may create unrest or another national security incident. The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”

According to a chapter spokesperson, the evacuation plan is not theirs alone.

“Our direction has come from the City of Chicago and the Secret Service,” she said.

Officials at Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communication said the directive did not come from them.

The U.S. Secret Service did not return calls for comment.

Some downtown residents told CBS 2’s Mike Parker that the news has them on edge.

Brad Klein said it is “very unnerving. I feel a little bit unsafe, just a bit more than a little bit. It doesn’t make me feel like I want to be in the city during the NATO conference.”

An executive with the Service Employees International Union, who trains members in preparation for the summit, thinks such a plan might be “over the top.”

SEIU Local 1 training director Tom Dobry said, “This could be a lot like Y2K – a lot of hype and buildup. People will say, ‘that was it?’ Not a big deal” (CBS News, 2012)

Title: Chicago Transportation Officials Brace For NATO Summit
Date: April 25, 2012
Source: Chicago Tribune

Abstract: O'Hare International Airportstands ready to shut down a runway and use it as a VIP ("Very Important Planes") parking lot.

The CTA started running tabletop planning exercises Friday to keep transit officials nimble regarding any last-minute adjustments to bus and train service, routes and schedules that could come up.

In Chicago and the suburbs, gates at highway entrance ramps are being checked to make sure they are in working order to close and reopen access to the roads — a procedure originally designed for use in an all-out emergency like a bioterrorism attack.

The carefully choreographed and controlled chaos in motion that unfurls each day on the highways, runways, railroads and arterial streets of the nation's transportation hub will click up a notch when world leaders and demonstrators descend on Chicago for the NATO summit May 20-21. Protesters representing a wide spectrum of viewpoints will be traveling downtown on the CTA and Metra, bumping shoulders with regular commuters clutching backpacks and coffee cups on packed trains and buses.

"The city will be open for business during the NATO summit, and we want everyone to enjoy Chicago," said Delores Robinson, spokeswoman for the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. "There will be some restrictions and rolling street closures just to get (NATO participants) to and from where they need to go. But the city is wholly equipped to manage an event of this magnitude, and people who want to move around the city will still be able to do so."

About 10,000 people, including about 2,000 journalists, are expected to come to Chicago for the summit, Robinson said. That estimate does not include anti-NATO protesters.

The flow of airline arrivals and departures at O'Hare will speed up and slow to a trickle like water from a faucet based on the comings and goings of about 50 heads of state and their entourages.

Some delegations may decide to avoid O'Hare and land instead at satellite airports in the suburbs, including Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling and Waukegan Regional Airport, said Laura Brown, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington.

"Sometimes, they don't want to come into the major airport for security reasons," Brown said.

An O'Hare official who attended a Secret Service briefing in February, the only one held so far regarding NATO-related operations at the airport, said the 10,000-foot runway 14 Left/ 32 Right will be used as a main parking area for the delegations' aircraft. The official, who is not authorized to speak publicly, also said the city will provide "follow-me" escort vehicles to lead the visiting planes as they taxi around the airfield, as a safety measure to avoid wrong turns by foreign and military pilots who haven't flown to O'Hare before.

"We don't want any runway incursions" involving planes on a potential collision course, the official said. "It's going to be complicated enough having fuel trucks driving out onto taxiways and runways to fuel planes parked all over the airfield."

Under commercial airline operations, fueling is done at the ramp outside the terminal gate.

The FAA and the Chicago Department of Aviation are not expecting the NATO summit to affect travel on the airlines serving O'Hare. But that could change.

"In one respect, I don't see this as a big deal," said a veteran air traffic controller at O'Hare who asked not to be identified. "But if there is bad weather or all the delegations try to arrive at the same time, it could be an air traffic nightmare. If there are problems, they will cause delays for the scheduled air carriers and their passengers, not the NATO guys."

City aviation spokeswoman Tammy Chase said O'Hare will be busier than usual because of the mix of commercial and special NATO-related flights. Chase said the city doesn't know whether Midway Airport, which has shorter runways than O'Hare and cannot accommodate larger planes, would be used by the NATO delegations.

The Kennedy Expressway and other highways will likely be closed to traffic temporarily to provide the dignitaries with extra security and a whirlwind motorcade trip from O'Hare to downtown, leaving the rest of the driving populace waiting for the all-clear, according to city traffic officials who are waiting for the final plan to be issued by the Secret Service.

A possible parking ban on downtown streets would clear the streets of cars and the potential for car bombs or for protesters to set vehicles on fire, traffic management and law enforcement officials said.

How it plays out is anyone's guess at this point because the Secret Service is withholding details until shortly before the summit in order to keep its security strategy under wraps (Chicago Tribune, 2012).

Title: Police VS Protester: Feds Sending Armed Agents To Chicago Three Weeks Before NATO Summit
Date: April 27, 2012
Source: Russia Today


Abstract: May's NATO summit in Chicago is still weeks away, but residents of the Windy City can expect to see armed federal agents patrolling the streets in preparation much sooner than that.

Three weeks before international heads of state will converge in Chicago, Illinois for the annual NATO conference, the US Federal Protective Service will send armed officers into the city’s downtown district to prepare for the swarm of protesters expected to arrive in time for the event, slated for May 20 and 21.

Both the NATO and G-8 summits were initially scheduled to occur back-to-back in the major Midwest city, but the meeting between the world’s eight leading economies has since been relocated to Camp David, the fortified presidential retreat in Maryland used as a getaway destination for many of America’s past commanders-in-chief. As of now, however, the NATO summit will take place in Chicago and, citing concerns over how demonstrators may respond, law enforcement is being called in early to size up the city.

Beginning May 1, the Federal Protective Service agents will be in Chicago for “Operation Red Zone.” Although the officers will not necessarily be restricting residents from accessing any public spaces that they are normally permitted to enter, the agents will be patrolling — in complete battle gear.

“Will you see a highly visible police force? Yes,” the FPS’ Cleophas Bradley told federal employees, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. “But we will not be preventing anyone from entering the red zone.”

Bradley adds that the officers on patrol will be outfitted with weapons that can fire off “non-lethal” projectiles, much like the firearm that cracked the skull of war veteran Scott Olsen during an Occupy Wall Street protest in Oakland, California last year.

The Sun-Times explains that the move is meant to ensure that a large section of the metropolis will be safe from unruly mobs during next month’s conference, but not even the city’s own elected officials and leaders were made aware of the agency’s plans to put fully equipped federal cops into town in advance.

“A lot of us were surprised to read that. Obviously, the federal government doesn’t consult with the city when they do this. Everybody was unaware of this,” NATO Host Committee Executive Director Lori Healey tells the Sun-Times.

Even at the top of the city’s political structure, Mayor Rahm Emanuel — a close, personal pal of US President Barack Obama and former White House chief of staff — was allegedly unaware of the government’s game plan.

“This was a security decision and we were not involved,” the mayor’s communications director, Sarah Hamilton, explains to the Sun-Times.

Failure by the Federal department to inform the host city of the security initiative is believed to be a pretty good indicator of what to expect. Although federal agents were assumed to be dispatched to Chicago for the conference, sending armed officers to patrol the city unbeknownst to the town’s own management sends a message that the government is not willing to give local law enforcement a chance to let any incidents upset the NATO Summit.

When the first agents roll into town next week, the Sun-Times say they will begin patrolling a perimeter in Chicago’s downtown “Loop” district that includes the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, the Kluczynski Building, the RH Metcalfe Building and the Metropolitan Correctional Center, as well as a handful of federally owned buildings located on what is called the “State Street cluster.”

The Sun-Times has also published an information sheet that outlines the agenda of “Operation Red Zone,” which includes preserving the peace, minimizing disruption, and protecting government property from damage and destruction. Also included on the list is the item “Ensure protection of individual rights to peacefully assemble and express opinions,” although some who plan on protesting the summit have expressed concern over how their First Amendment rights will be protected. In the state of Illinois, it is illegal to make any audio recording of a law enforcement officer without permission, essentially stripping away the right to film during the event.

Additionally, the recent passage of H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 dubbed the “Trespass Bill” by some pundits, will make it a crime to engage “in disorderly or disruptive conduct” or“impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions” during the summit — even if one isn’t aware that they are doing so.Under H.R. 347, any event that the United States Secret Service is assigned to monitor is placed in a category where protesters arrested by the armed security unit could be lobbed with hefty criminal charges.

The Sun-Times adds that, in the event of “civil disobedience,” federal agents will shut down access to the “Red Zone” by putting the Loop in lock-down as authorities attempt to restore order.

“The reality is that FPS deals with protecting federal buildings, so they do have their work cut out for them,” Jeff Cramer of consulting firm Kroll Inc. adds to the paper. “There are a fair amount of federal targets for protesters to make a point with if they wanted.”

Earlier this year, the city issued property owners detailed instructions on how to handle mobs and riots expected for the event (Russia Today, 2012)

Title: To Joliet Jail For NATO Offenders?
Date: April 28, 2012
Source: Chicago Sun-Times


Abstract: Mothballed for a decade, the Joliet Correctional Center could be temporarily reopened to serve as a detention facility for those arrested for serious offenses during the May 20-21 NATO summit.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says his first choice was to use Division 3 at Cook County Jail before the once-empty division had to be filled with detainees over the last two months.

A less desirable alternative was to put up tents in the yard at Cook County Jail.

But, Dart said the solution that makes the most sense is Joliet, the hulk of a prison facility mothballed in 2002.

“They shut down Joliet prison. It’s sitting there empty. Could I turn the key and open it up? Does the water still work? Does the electricity work? If that’s a question, I might just look at the yard and whether to put up tents with some cots and utilize that setting at Joliet,” Dart said.

“It’s empty and it will be empty. There are no issues with that. If it’s functional, it wouldn’t take a lot of manpower to monitor. Transportation would be a straight shot down I-55. Across the street is Stateville [Correctional Center] We’re going there anyway.”

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to descend on Chicago to protest the summit that will bring President Barack Obama and the leaders, foreign and defense ministers of more than 50 nations to McCormick Place.

But after researching similar summits in other cities, Dart predicted that the number of arrests for serious offenses would be relatively small.

The sheriff called the 2010 G-20 summit in Toronto an “anomaly” with more than 1,100 arrests. There were also nearly 1,000 arrests at the 2007 G-8 summit in Germany that drew 25,000 demonstrators.

But, the rest of the recent summits have been relatively tame. They include: the 2009 G-20 in London (35,000 protesters, 122 arrests); the 2009 G-20 in Pittsburgh (4,500 protesters, 190 arrests) and the 2008 G-8 in Japan (44 arrests).

“A lot of times, they’re taken to a police station where they can bond themselves out. There’s a filtering process,” Dart said.

“It’s the ones above that — offenders who cause serious property damage or strike people with items that cause injury — who will need to be detained” for a longer period of time.

The sheriff added, “The only thing everybody agrees is this is unpredictable. We’re trying to keep that in mind.”

Sources said the Chicago Police Department plans to separate men and women arrested for less serious offenses. Men will be taken to Area North at Belmont and Western, which has a bond court and a capacity to hold up to 300 prisoners.

If that fills up, sources said overflow males arrested for minor offenses will be taken to Grand and Central, home of the 25th District and Area North Bureau of Patrol, with a capacity of up to 200.

Women will be taken to an undisclosed location somewhere on the South Side, sources said.

The need for mass detention facilities was first raised in January during a briefing by top mayoral aides and officials from the Chicago host committee.

Since then, President Obama shifted the G-8 summit from Chicago to Camp David. That’s a decision that, law enforcement officials hope, will make Chicago less of a target for hard core demonstrators and so-called “anarchists” bent on destruction.

The Joliet Correctional Center served as a prison from 1858 until 2002. The classic movie, “The Blues Brothers” opened with Jake Blues being released from Joliet prison. The now-shuttered prison was also featured in the first season of Fox network program, “Prison Break” and in the movie “Let’s Go to Prison” (Chicago Sun-Times, 2012)

Title: Concerns About NATO Summit Violence Leave Chicago Guessing About Security
Date: April 29, 2012
Source: CBS News


Abstract: As concerns about security grow in the run-up to the NATO summit, it’s becoming difficult to separate myth from reality.

Are there plans in place for a mass evacuation of downtown in the event of riots on May 20-21? A Red Cross memo out of Milwaukee indicates that there is.

Officials there have been asked to make plans to assist residents in the event of a mass exodus.

Chicago officials say the plan didn’t come from them. The U.S. Secret Service isn’t talking.

There also are reports that a heavily armed security team will start making a very public appearance around federal buildings in the Loop this week. Officials with the Chicago NATO host committee were completely in the dark. They had no reports of any such plans.

A source told CBS 2 that security forces in full battle gear would not be seen this week.

As for the Red Cross plan, CBS 2 News has obtained a copy of an e-mail sent to volunteers in the Milwaukee area.

It said the NATO summit “may create unrest or another national security incident. The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”

According to a chapter spokesperson, the evacuation plan is not theirs alone.

“Our direction has come from the City of Chicago and the Secret Service,” she said.

Officials at Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communication said the directive did not come from them.

The U.S. Secret Service did not return calls for comment.

Some downtown residents told CBS 2’s Mike Parker that the news has them on edge.

Brad Klein said it is “very unnerving. I feel a little bit unsafe, just a bit more than a little bit. It doesn’t make me feel like I want to be in the city during the NATO conference.”

An executive with the Service Employees International Union, who trains members in preparation for the summit, thinks such a plan might be “over the top.”

SEIU Local 1 training director Tom Dobry said, “This could be a lot like Y2K – a lot of hype and buildup. People will say, ‘that was it?’ Not a big deal.”

Chicago residents certainly hope that to be true. But one cannot blame them for wondering exactly what’s going on.

One example happened last week, when protest groups revealed the plans for a security zone around the summit meeting site: McCormick Place.

One major expressway (I-55), Lake Shore Drive, and a large chunk of the lakefront will be closed. The security zone will extend several blocks to the west, south and north of McCormick place. That zone will be completely shut down, they say.

Those protesters came directly from a meeting with the Secret Service when those details were released. However, there was not a single confirmation from the feds.

One thing they have confirmed: Commuter trains will run under McCormick Place during the summit, but the Secret Service said in a statement to “expect delays.”

How bad will those delays get? They aren’t saying.

However, the South Shore will be asking riders to take a survey to determine how many people will even bother coming into the city.

Conductors on the train said the rail agency is trying to determine how many cars to run per train. Since each train car, they say, will take up to eight minutes to undergo a security sweep, they want to run a few cars as possible (CBS News, 2012).

Title: Men Who Plotted To Blow Up Cleveland Bridge Had Eyes On Chicago
Date: May 1, 2012
Source: CBS News

Abstract: The self-described anarchists charged with plotting to blow up a bridge outside Cleveland also talked about plotting acts of terror in Chicago during the NATO summit, according to a criminal complaint.

Douglas L. Wright, 26; Brandon L. Baxter, 20; and Anthony Hayne, 37, were arrested Monday night by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, on charges of conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce.

READ THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT

Also arrested were Connor C. Stevens, 20, and Joshua S. Stafford, 23, CBS News reported.

The FBI says over a period of several months, the self-described anarchists discussed various targets for acts of terror around the Cleveland area. They selected the Route 82 Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge as their target.

But a criminal complaint suggests at least one of the suspects also had his eye on staging or participating in some kind of attack or disruptive action in Chicago. The men had purchased inert improvised explosive devices, protective gear and smoke grenades previously, and Wright indicated that the group planned to come to Chicago after they destroyed the bridge in Cleveland.

“(A)s the surveillance and site planning ended, conversation turned to events after the bridge bombing. Wright stated that Chicago is the main place they were worried about having the protective gear because there is no telling what they might have to use there,” the complaint said.

Wright said it would be “crazy” in Cleveland after the group blew up the bridge, but “crazier in Chicago with people coming from everywhere to Chicago to protest the NATO summit. Wright also “predicted a ‘s**t load’ of people going to Chicago to protest the summit would first come to Cleveland, presumably drawn by the destruction of the bridge.

He predicted that anarchists ultimately headed to Chicago would riot in Cleveland for a week, “then everyone will leave and downtown Cleveland will ‘be a pile of rubble and ashes,’ as anarchists in every major city in the country will ultimately be ‘rioting and destroying each city,’” the criminal complaint said.

The complaint does not indicate any acts the suspects were planning in Chicago, and FBI Special Agent Ross Rice said there was no evidence developed of a credible threat to the city, or the NATO summit coming up on May 20.

The investigation in Cleveland remains ongoing. The FBI says the public was never in danger in the Cleveland area, since the explosives the men possessed were in operable (CBS News, 2012).

Title: No-Fly Zone To Be Enforced By Shoot-To-Kill Order During NATO Summit
Date: May 2, 2012
Source: CBS News


Abstract: Plans to keep residents and dignitaries safe during the NATO Summit include a no-fly zone, with a shoot-to-kill warning for those who break the ban.

As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, the government is informing small plane pilots that if they enter the no-fly zone during the summit, they may be shot down.

This is no joke. It will be enforced for May 19 to May 21.

The flight advisory was issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. The advisory bans non-commercial aircraft from flying within 10 nautical miles of downtown Chicago and below 18,000 feet.

A nautical mile is about one minute of arc of latitude along any meridian. It amounts to 1,852 meters, or about 1.15078 standard miles.

“The United States Government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft, if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat,” the advisory says. “Be advised that noncompliance with the published (notice to airmen) may result in the use of force.”

The advisory says lesser violations by airmen might result in civil penalties and the suspension of airmen certificates, as well as criminal charges.

The only aircraft allowed to fly within the restricted area include regularly-scheduled commercial passenger and cargo carriers, police, and military planes supporting the Secret Service.

This no-fly zone is not new. It has been enforced in Chicago for presidential visits, and also after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because of terrorism-related concerns.

Roger Butler, who lives near McCormick Place, was not surprised to hear of the temporary flight restrictions directly above his home.

“I think it’s important, I mean, security; we don’t want anything to happen to the city,” Butler said.

Whatever action is necessary must be taken, he said.

“You’ve got to do whatever it takes to make sure that people are safe,” Butler said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service is removing some of the blue mailboxes in the downtown area and around McCormick Place in the week leading up to the summit. The Post Office says mail delivery may be disrupted for some zip codes during the summit.

With all the precautions, neighbors still have questions about security and restrictions. Michael Jackson, the district manager of CD One Price Cleaners, works at Michigan Avenue and Cermak Road, one block outside the area that will be closed off during the summit.

He welcomes the extra security, but hopes his customers won’t feel pressured to stay away.

“I believe that Chicago has shown a reputation of handling things correctly, and I don’t think that’s going to be any different in this particular case either,” Jackson said, adding that he was “absolutely” confident in leaders and officials in keeping everyone safe.

Downtown residents are hoping to get some answers to important questions about the summit at a meeting Wednesday evening, as more and more business and restaurant owners downtown expressing concerns.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson St. It is geared toward residents of the Streeterville neighborhood (CBS News, 2012)

Title: Summit Could Mean Airport-Style Security On Metra Electric, South Shore Trains
Date: May 3, 2012
Source: CBS News                 

Abstract: Some stations on the Metra Electric Line and South Shore Line could be shut down during the upcoming NATO summit, and passengers at other stations could face airport-style security screenings, due to the Secret Service security plan that could be released as soon as Friday afternoon.

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has exclusive details on those security measures, which the Secret Service is expected to officially unveil on Friday, or at the very latest, on Monday. Federal officials have promised the announcement will include a “comprehensive list of street closures and parking restrictions surrounding the NATO summit.”

The Secret Service has been battling with Metra and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District over the security measures that will be needed on the Electric and South Shore lines, which both run directly under McCormick Place.

Metra and NICTD won round one of that battle, as trains on those two lines will continue to operate during the summit, although there will be significant delays at times, with trains possibly being stopped for security screening before passing McCormick Place.

The commuter rail agencies are still in talks with the Secret Service over major security measures for passengers, including airport-style screening of all riders during the summit. That would mean commuters on those lines would face patdowns, X-ray screenings, and long security lines at their stations before boarding trains.

The Secret Service initially wanted all trains to stop short of McCormick Place, with shuttle buses taking passengers around the summit site.

Then they talked about canine units conducting searches on trains, which would be halted before reaching McCormick Place.

Now, the Secret Service is planning for airport-style security screening at a limited number of stations on those two train lines. Many other stations on the Electric and South Shore lines – serving the South Side, southern suburbs and northwest Indiana – would be shut down during the summit.

Neither Metra nor the Secret Service will talk about the security measures yet. But sources said, with just over two weeks until the summit, nothing has been decided.

Earlier this week, Chicago police handled hundreds of May Day demonstrators marching from the West Side into the Loop, successfully containing the crowd with no arrests or injuries.

Many called it a trial run or dress rehearsal for NATO – for both police and protesters.

What most people didn’t see were all the CTA buses quietly re-routed around the demonstrations and marches, which will also be part of a CTA strategy to be announced after the Secret Service restrictions released.

The CTA plan will encourage commuters to use its rail lines, all of which will operate with full service. Many of its buses will not.

There will be what the CTA calls “hard closures” of bus routes affected by the security perimeter; and “soft rolling closures,” or temporary delays on other bus lines – like there were during Tuesday’s protest march – to wait for passing motorcades, parades, or demonstrations.

The CTA said bus managers and volunteers will be on the street at bus stops to help riders cope with the three-day detours.

What we’re hearing is that the CTA, RTA, and most other local agencies have been told to wait for the Secret Service announcement, before revealing their own plans.

That hints at an avalanche of information coming out about summit plans right after the feds break their silence and post all the security restrictions on various websites.

The tentative plan had that happening at around 6 p.m. Friday, but that could change (CBS News, 2012)

Title: Security Plan Shuts Down Roads, South Loop For NATO Summit Weekend
Date: May 4, 2012
Source:
CBS News

Abstract: A large security zone around McCormick Place will be off limits to Chicagoans, and the Museum Campus, Lake Shore Drive and several major expressways and streets will be shut down before or during the NATO Summit, under a plan revealed on Friday.

All of this comes on top of a large restricted air space zone above the city. Anybody violating that airspace could be shot down.

“There will be some inconveniences, but they will be minor inconveniences,” said Gary Schnekel, director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management. “Every effort has been made to minimize the impact.”

Metra and South Shore commuters will be able to ride the trains that run under McCormick Place.

They may be subject to TSA-style pat downs and screenings and they can expect delays for security sweeps. Service may be reduced during the summit, but those details are not yet available. Metra officials said they hoped to have a plan finalized next week.

Starting midnight May 19 though May 21, The Department Of Homeland Security plans to shut down access in a security perimeter around McCormick Place, where leaders from several countries, including President Obama, will be holding their meetings. That zone’s boundary includes 21st Street on the north, 25th Street on the south, Indiana on the west and the lakefront to the east.

Officials at a news conference on Friday said residents and business will have access during the summit. DHS is still in the process of defining a fenced off area around the summit location.

Still, some residents expressed worry about street closures and a plan to ban parking on some streets for more than a week.

Lake Shore Drive will be closed from Balbo to 39th Street in both directions. The Stevenson Expy. will also be shut down in both directions from the Dan Ryan to Lake Shore Drive.

Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium will be closed to the public on Sunday, May 20. The Museum Campus itself will be closed, starting Saturday evening. There will also be parking restrictions around the Willis Tower. Chicago NATO Committee chair Lori Healey indicated there are plans for an official NATO event at the tower, but said it was up to the federal government to announce those details.

Boaters can also expect to see a higher security presence on Lake Michigan and must adhere to limitations based on certain security zones. (See below)

Some of the restrictions, most notably parking restrictions around McCormick Place, will start on May 13.

“Road closures, parking restrictions and changes to public transportation routes and public works services will be necessary during the NATO Summit beginning in a limited capacity at 6 a.m., Sunday, May 13 (parking restrictions only),” according to a release from the Department Of Homeland Security. “Additional parking restrictions will go into effect on Tuesday, May 15 in limited areas near McCormick Place. Road closures and pedestrian restrictions will be implemented beginning at midnight, Saturday, May 19 (Friday midnight into Saturday). The affected roadways will open for evening rush hour on Monday, May 21.”

In addition, there will be intermittent shut downs to allow dignitaries to travel to and from McCormick Place.

Those include:

  • I-90 East & West (Kennedy Expressway) between O’Hare International Airport and downtown
  • Ohio Street from I-90/94 to Fairbanks Court/Columbus Drive
  • Ontario Street from Fairbanks Court/Columbus Drive to I-90/94
  • I-90/94 East and West between downtown and I-55
  • Roosevelt Road, 18th Street, and Canalport Avenue access from I-94 West (Dan Ryan Expressway outbound)

More details of the restrictions:

McCormick Place
Sunday, May 13, 2012

Street parking will be prohibited beginning at 6 a.m., Sunday, May 13, until 11 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the following location:

  • East and West sides of S. Indiana Avenue between Cermak Road and E. 24th Place

Tuesday, May, 15, 2012

Street parking will be prohibited beginning at 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 15 until 11 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 at the following locations:

  • East and west sides of S. Calumet Avenue between E. Cullerton Street and E. Cermak Road
  • East and west sides of S. Prairie Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
  • East and west sides of S. Indiana Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
  • North and south sides of E. 21st Street between S. Calumet Avenue and S. Indiana Avenue
  • North and south sides of E. Cermak Road from S. Indiana Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive
  • North and south sides of E. 24th Place between S. Indiana Avenue and S. State Street
  • North and south sides of E. 25th Street between S. State Street and Martin Luther King Drive
  • East and west sides of Martin Luther King Drive between E. Cermak Road and E. 26th Street

Saturday, May 19, 2012 – Monday, May 21, 2012
Road closures and pedestrian restrictions will be implemented beginning at midnight, Saturday, May 19 (Friday midnight into Saturday). The affected roadways will open for evening rush hour on Monday, May 21:

  • Northbound and southbound Lake Shore Drive between E. Balbo Avenue and E. 39th Street
  • Northbound and southbound Interstate 55 between I-90/94 to Lake Shore Drive
  • Northbound and southbound S. Columbus Drive at E. Balbo Avenue
  • Eastbound and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive
  • Northbound and southbound S. Indiana Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
  • Northbound and southbound S. Calumet Avenue between E. Cullerton Street and E. Cermak Road
  • Northbound and southbound S. Prairie Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
  • Eastbound and westbound E. 21st Street between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Calumet Avenue
  • Eastbound and westbound E. Cermak Road between S. Michigan Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive
  • Westbound E. 24th Place between Martin Luther King Drive and S. State Street
  • Eastbound E. 25th Street between S. State Street and Martin Luther King Drive
  • Northbound and southbound S. Wabash Avenue between E. 24th Place and E. 25th Street
  • Northbound and southbound Martin Luther King Drive between E. 26th Street and E. Cermak Road
  • Northbound and southbound Moe Drive between E. 31st Street and Mines Drive
  • Eastbound and westbound E. 31st Street between S. Cottage Grove and Fort Dearborn Drive
  • Northbound and southbound Fort Dearborn Drive between E. 31st Street and Lakeside Center

Northern Museum Campus
Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium are scheduled to be open for business with limited parking on Saturday, May 19. Parking lots open on Saturday include the top three floors of Soldier Field North Lot and the Adler Planetarium parking lot. All parking lots will close at 5:30 p.m. following the closure of museums. If vehicles are still in lots they will be towed from the campus to an off-site city lot.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday evening, May 19, the Northern Museum Campus to include Northerly Island will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. All pedestrians and vehicles still on the campus at that time will be permitted to exit at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Road.

Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium will be closed to the public on Sunday, May 20.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The following roads will be closed:

  • Museum Campus Drive between McFetridge Drive and 18th Street
  • E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • 18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • Lake Shore Drive between McFetridge Drive and McCormick Center (Street closure will merge with McCormick Center street closures.)
  • Eastbound and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Lake Shore Drive

Street parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

  • East and west side of N. Museum Campus Drive between McFetridge Drive and 18th Street
  • North and south side of E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • North and south side of 18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • East and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Lake Shore Drive

The following parking lots will be closed to museum campus patrons:

  • Field Museum east parking lot
  • South portion of Adler Planetarium parking lot
  • First floor of Soldier Field North Lot
  • Waldron Lot and Soldier Field South Lot

Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 6 p.m. until Sunday, May 20 at midnight (Sunday midnight into Monday)

The following roads will be closed:

  •  Museum Campus Drive between E. Solidarity Drive and 18th Street
  •  E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • 18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • Northbound and southbound Lake Shore Drive between E. Balbo Avenue and McCormick Center (Street closure will merge with McCormick Center street closures)
  • E. McFetridge Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • S. Columbus Drive between E. Balboa Drive and E. McFetridge Drive
  •  Eastbound and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Lake Shore Drive

Street parking will be prohibited at the following locations:

  • East and west side of N. Museum Campus Drive between E. Solidarity Drive and 18th Street
  • North and south side of E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • North and south side of 18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • North and south side of McFetridge Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  •  North and south side of eastbound and westbound Solidarity Drive between Museum Campus Drive and Adler Planetarium turnabout.

The following parking lots will be closed:

  • Field Museum east parking lot
  • Adler Planetarium parking lot
  •  Soldier Field North Lot (all floors)
  • Waldron Lot and Soldier Field South Lot

Willis Tower
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, there will be intermittent road closures starting at 6 p.m. at:

  • S. Franklin Street between W. Adams Street and W. Jackson Boulevard
  • In addition, the street closure that already exists due to construction on W. Adams Street (north side of Willis Tower) and S. Upper Wacker Drive (west side of Willis Tower) will be in effect.

No street parking will be allowed beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19 until midnight, Sunday, May 20 (Saturday midnight going into Sunday).

  • North and south side of Adams Street on north side of Willis Tower
  • North and south side of Jackson Boulevard between Franklin and Wacker Drive
  • East and west side of Franklin Street between Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard

Chicago Cultural Center & Art Institute of Chicago
No street parking will be allowed beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19 until midnight, Sunday, May 20 (Saturday midnight into Sunday):

  • East and west sides of Wabash Avenue between Lake Street and Washington Street
  • North and south sides of Randolph Street between Michigan Avenue and Wabash Avenue
  • North and south sides of E. Washington Street between Wabash Avenue and Michigan Avenue
  • West side of Michigan Avenue between E. Randolph Street and E. Jackson Drive
  • North and south sides of E. Monroe Street between S. Michigan Avenue and S. Columbus Drive

Beginning at midnight, Sunday, May 20 (Saturday midnight into Sunday) the following road will be closed until 11 p.m.:

  • E. Monroe Street between S. Michigan Avenue and S. Columbus Drive

Beginning at 4 p.m, Sunday, May 20, until 11 p.m., the following roads will be closed:

  •   Garland Court between Madison Street and Randolph Street

On Sunday, May 20, 2012, there will be intermittent road closures starting at 6 p.m.:

  • Northbound/southbound Michigan Avenue between E. Randolph Street and Jackson Drive
  • Jackson Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive
  • S. Columbus Drive between E. Monroe Street and E. Jackson Drive

Marina/Waterway Restrictions
The public will see an increased U.S. Coast Guard presence on the water during the NATO Summit. The Coast Guard’s initiatives are one of the many layers of increased security during the summit. The Coast Guard will continue to perform its standard missions of search and rescue and law enforcement in addition to their homeland security responsibilities.

The following maritime security zone will be effective and enforced 24 hours a day between 8 a.m. on May 18, 2012, and 8 a.m. on May 22, 2012:

  • Security Zone A – Security Zone A encompasses all U.S. navigable waters, facilities, and shoreline within the arc of a circle with a 2000-yard radius of the Burnham park boat ramp with its center point located in the approximate position 41º51’37″N, 087º36’44″W.[DATUM: NAD 83].
  • Security Zones B, C, and D, effective between 8 a.m. on May 18, 2012, and 8 a.m. on May 22, 2012, will have fewer restrictions than Zone A. Commercial and recreational traffic will be allowed access to these areas unless security measures need to be temporarily implemented.
  •  Security Zone B – Security Zone B encompasses all U.S. navigable waters, facilities, and shoreline within the arc of a circle with a 2000-yard radius of the outer most tip of the Chicago lock with its center point located in the approximate position 41º53’19″N, 087º36’17″W.[DATUM: NAD 83].
  • Security Zone C – Security Zone C encompasses all U.S. navigable waters of the Chicago River between the Western Gate of the Chicago Controlling Works Lock which is located in approximate position 41º53’18″N, 087º36’28″W. [DATUM: NAD 83] and the juncture of the north and south branches of the Chicago River which is located in approximate position 41º53’11″N, 087º38’15″W. [DATUM: NAD 83]
  • Security Zone D – Security Zone D encompasses all U.S. navigable waters of the south branch of the Chicago River between Mile Markers 245.0 and 276.0. [DATUM: NAD 83].

Concerned maritime traffic can contact the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Representative via VHF-FM Channel 16.

All City of Chicago owned or operated bridges over the Main, South and North Branches of the Chicago River will be closed to masted navigation between 7 a.m. on May 18, 2012 through 7 a.m. on May 21, 2012.

Commuter Rail Lines and Public Transit
Commuter rail lines in Chicago will not be closed to riders during the NATO Summit. However, passengers should plan for delays as trains approach and pass through the McCormick Place stop due to necessary security measures.

The McCormick Place stop will be closed on both Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21. Other stations may be closed as needed. Additional information on route changes during the NATO Summit will be available online via Metra at http://www.metrarail.com and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District at http://www.NICTD.com.

Changes to bus routes within the vehicle and pedestrian restricted areas will be necessary. Information on route changes will be available on the Chicago Transit Authority website at http://www.TransitChicago.com (CBS News, 2012)

Title: What Not To Wear During The NATO Summit
Date: May 8, 2012
Source: Chicago Business


Abstract: Downtown workers may experience casual Friday and casual Monday later this month when the 
NATO summit arrives.

Workers at some Chicago office towers are being encouraged to dress down to avoid being targeted by protesters during the meeting of world leaders May 20 and 21. Safety procedures in some high-rises include the recommendation that employees set aside suits, ties and anything with corporate logos.

Tenants in the office building at 1 E. Wacker Drive received a memo encouraging them to stay away from wearing suits, urging workers to "look like a protester." A spokeswoman for Los Angeles-based CBRE Inc., which manages the building, declined to comment on any NATO security measures.

At 1 S. Wacker Drive, tenants are being urged to "dress down" in order to blend with protesters, and also cautioned against wearing items or carrying bags with corporate logos. That is one of 25 downtown properties managed by Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

Mark Anderson, director of security for the Chicago-based firm, said it is not making tenants' dress codes a point of emphasis.

"Some of the tenants have discussed it," Mr. Anderson said. "It really comes down to their comfort level. There's no data out there to substantiate somebody being targeted or hassled because of their affiliation with their firm or their occupation."

It remains to be seen whether executives for Chicago's leading companies will show up for work unshaven and wearing shorts and flip-flops, but the warning shows that building management and security staffs see the need for caution before, during and after the summit.

While some workplaces may dress down, others will shut down entirely amid the threat of potential protests and violence during the summit. At least two banks are closing downtown branches on that Friday and Monday, and others are considering doing so.

Chicago-based BMO Harris Bank will close three of its 30 downtown branches on those days, a spokesman confirmed. Those branches are at 111 W. Monroe St., 141 W. Jackson Blvd. and 99 W. Washington St.

"The branches we are planning to temporarily close are located in areas where demonstrations could take place, so we wanted to help ensure the safety of our employees, customers and assets," the spokesman said in an email. "We have several other branches in the immediate downtown area that will be open during this time.

"The safety of our employees, customers and business partners were key parts of our decision."

Citing security concerns, the Harris Bank spokesman declined to specify other steps the branches may take. But most downtown commercial buildings are expected to have extra security personnel and board-up crews on standby.

PNC Bank will close one of its 38 downtown branches May 18 to May 21, according to a spokesman for Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. The branch at 333 S. State St. will be shut down during that time because it is on DePaul University's Loop campus, which also will be closed during the summit, the spokesman said.

Spokeswomen for Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America N.A. and Chicago-based PrivateBank & Trust Co. said determinations have yet to be made on potential downtown closures.

A spokeswoman for New York-based J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said that "we are planning on business as usual" for downtown branches. A spokeswoman for Chicago-based MB Financial Inc. said the bank will remain open with added security in place.

Last week the U.S. Postal Service announced it would maintain regular delivery, collection, process and retail operations "to the fullest extent possible" but lists more than 60 street collection boxes that will be removed from downtown from May 13 to May 23.

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago has provided recommendations to its more than 260 member buildings downtown.

They include securing items such as Dumpsters and garbage cans, preparing for delays in deliveries and informing employees of transportation slowdowns that could delay arrival times to work.

BOMA Chicago's executive vice president, Michael Cornicelli, said he's heard of few businesses planning to shut down entirely, although some people may work from home. Access to buildings is likely to be much more tightly controlled.

"You'll see more security in buildings," Mr. Cornicelli said. "There will be increased number and visibility of private security. Every building that I've talked to is doing that."

Mr. Cornicelli urged people to be observant and cautious and to steer clear of potential confrontations. But he downplayed the idea of workers camouflaging themselves.

"I don't think the dress thing is going to matter much," he said. "You'd have to go quite a way to blend in with the people participating in the demonstrations.

"I wear a suit every day. It's my uniform. I've walked through the Occupy Chicago protests and they've never bothered me" (Chicago Business, 2012).