According to the Chicago Tribune, a list of closures and restrictions made by the city and the Secret Service are slated to roll out for the NATO summit weekend. Although city officials are calling them "minor inconveniences," transportation experts are warning drivers to avoid going anywhere near downtown May 19-21.
* The Chicago Transit Authority will see service changes, including detours and rerouting of up to 22 bus routes, although CTA President Forrest Claypool asserts the rail system will only see small inconveniences and will be completely unaffected otherwise.
* The Washington Post reported there will be intermittent road closures on the Kennedy Expressway to accommodate motorcades of world leaders traveling downtown for the summit.
* Some areas of Lake Shore Drive near McCormick Place, the venue of the summit, will close starting the Saturday of the summit.
* The Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium will remain open Saturday but close Sunday, and access to the lake shore will be closed.
* The earliest changes will begin at 6 a.m. May 13 in which parking will be restricted in certain areas and another round of restrictions will occur on May 15 around McCormick Place, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
* City officials at the Office of Emergency Management are considering building a fence around the venue, but such plan has not been finalized.
* Northerly Island will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians starting the Saturday of the summit and any remaining vehicles are subject to towing to an off-site lot.
* The Dan Ryan Expressway portion of Interstates 90 and 94 and the Stevenson to the Dan Ryan will remain open, noted NBC Chicago.
* Chicagoans and visitors should be aware access to the Willis Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center will be limited at certain times.
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