Gorbachev, Carter and Dalai Lama among Nobel Laureates expected in Chicago for 3-day summit

CHICAGO - Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter are just a few of the Nobel Peace Prize winners expected in Chicago on Monday for a three-day summit, the first of its kind in North America.

The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates comes just weeks before Chicago hosts President Barack Obama and numerous foreign leaders for the NATO summit.

City leaders have already billed the summit as an opportunity showcase Chicago to the 11 Laureates expected to attend. Panel discussions and speeches will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago, The Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall.

The Nobel Laureates are also scheduled to tour more than a dozen Chicago Public Schools on Monday. Later Monday, they're scheduled to attend a dinner with former President Bill Clinton.

The Nobel summit — titled "Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights" — runs through Wednesday.

Other Nobel Prize winners expected to attend include former Polish President Lech Walesa and professor Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh. Actor Sean Penn will be presented with the 2012 Peace Summit Award for his work in Haiti.

The NATO summit will be held May 20-21, and preparations for the meeting of global leaders have been intense.

The city has amped up security plans with Chicago police, the Illinois National Guard and state police, as thousands of activists are expected to protest the event. Chicago was also supposed to host the G-8 summit, but the Obama administration moved it to Camp David.