Thursday, June 23, 2011

EXTRA: What will the world’s leaders think of the Near West Side of Chicago?

It seems that the University of Illinois at Chicago could be the actual site of the NATO and/or G-8 gatherings that will take place next May in Chicago.

Crain’s Chicago Business used its website to report Thursday how city officials think hosting the events at the city’s major public university will erase any potential conflicts with the National Restaurant Show – which is scheduled to take place at the same time.

THAT CONVENTION, BY the way, already has the McCormick Place convention center. So we won’t get the sight of world leaders navigating the streets of the South Side.

Instead, we may get the sight of those leaders hanging around the UI-C Pavilion, among other buildings, as they try to resolve the world’s problems.

I’m just wondering what they’ll think (and how much explanation it will take) of meeting in a place that hosts sports teams that go by the nickname of “Flames.”


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