2012 Guide to the NATO and G8 Summits
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Chicago will become the focus of the global politics May 20-21 when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) holds its summit at McCormick Place.
The G8 summit, while no longer in Chicago, dealt with many global issues that impacted Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods.
The Red Line Project previewed both the
NATO and G8 summits, the protests, how global issues impact the city and how
Chicago will handle security and other issues surrounding the NATO
Both summits will have movers and shakers setting the agenda on global issues. Experts share who are the eight to watch. (Photo via iStockPhoto).
- Map: NATO representatives by nation
- Graphic: NATO, G8 participants
- G8 and NATO key issues | NATO timeline
- Eight things to know about the G8
The European Union and Greece's economic woes are expected to be on the G8 summit's agenda. The Red Line Project's Monica Kucera reports from Athens, while Kristen Nemoto and Nadvia Davis report onChicago's Greektown business owners. Related:
The Red Line Project partnered with The GATE newspaper to explore some of Chicago's key immigration issues, how they impact the city and if anything can be accomplished at the G8 summit.
Photo: Immigration and unions were key issues for the May Day Occupy protests. (Photo by Paul Tadalan)
DePaul University Vice President J.D. Bindenagel, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany, shares his insight into the NATO summit. Related:
Photo: Bindenagel sees Afghanistan, Syria and Iran playing key roles in NATO talks. (Photo by Sean McDonough)
While some Chicago businesses are hopeful for more customers during the NATO summit, others are either closing or preparing for possible security issues. Related:
Right: Ken Melvoin-Berg of Weird Chicago Tours
is shutting down his business the weekend of the summit. (Photo by
Photo: Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorks USA talks about the impact of immigration in Chicago. (Photo by Mike Reilley)
Photo: Healey spoke to a packed room at the Niagara Foundation. (Photo by AnnCatherine Brady)
Hundreds of dignitaries, media, security and thousands of protestors will descend on McCormick Place in May for the NATO summit. Just to the south of McCormick, in the Bronzeville neighborhood, there are mixed opinions on what the summit will mean. Photo: Darya Johnson thinks the extra traffic from the summit might be a blessing for her salon. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)
But security preparations for Chicago's downtown area, including DePaul's Loop campus, awaited instruction from the Secret Service and FBI until late April.
Photo: DePaul Director of Public Safety Bob Wachowski (Photo by Brianna Kelly)
Nearly two months before the G8 and NATO summits, journalists from all over the United States gathered at DePaul University's College of Communication and discussed how to cover the global summits: Storify: Reporting institute social media coverage | G8/NATO news coverage links | Storify: Social media coverage of G8 and NATO summits
The nation's largest Catholic university will close its downtown South Loop campus May 18-21, the weekend of the NATO summit (May 20-21).
The administration cited traffic congestion and safety issues as reasons for shutting down the campus.