Welcoming NATO delegates


NATO host committee
Mayor Emmanuel's wife, Amy Rule, and Aleksandra Efimova

NATO committee

NATO committee

From May 20 to 21, leaders from around the world will gather in Chicago for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meetings, hosted by President Barack Obama.

This is the first time that an American city other than Washington, D.C., has hosted at NATO summit, and more than 60 countries are sending delegates to discuss topics such as support of Afghanistan, the debt crisis in Europe, intelligence and more.

To welcome the delegates, the Chicago 2012 Hosting Committee, headed by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s wife, Amy Rule, is planning a series of events, dinners, and cultural activities that will showcase Chicago’s rich heritage and economic vitality to the world. Two of the most anticipated events include a dinner with President Obama at Soldier Field and a visit to Gary Comer Youth Center with First Lady Michelle Obama.

I am so proud to be one of 70 prominent Chicagoans who has been asked to serve on the committee because of my devoted activism on behalf of the city and my deep commitment to strengthening international ties.

While the summit will be closed to the public, the Chicago NATO Host Committee is also planning a variety of programs to inform Chicagoans about this historic event. Some of the events will include: a kite festival at Montrose Harbor on May 19; a sports youth summit featuring soccer, basketball and wrestling; a culinary event; theater and restaurant specials; and international-themed events at Chicago Public Schools.

When I was deciding where I wanted to live seven years ago, I looked for a city that would value community service and would be a strong advocate for international cooperation, and after only living here seven years, I know that I have chosen the perfect place for me!

I am looking forward to enthusiastically promoting the city of Chicago and welcoming world leaders to our vibrant city.