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WASHINGTON--Planning for the NATO/G8 May meeting in Chicago is ramping up, with a web site and logos for the event released on Thursday, as well as the exact days of the back-to-back-sessions, May 19-21.
The gathering of world leaders, expected to draw some 2,500 journalists to Chicago, will be a chance to throw a global spotlight on the city for visitors and provide historic educational opportunities for students and residents.
The G8 summit, hosted by President Barack Obama is on May 19-20; the NATO session, run by Rasmussen is on May 20-21
NATO unveiled its logo in Brussels on Thursday; the State Department designed the G8 logo. The Chicago G8 NATO host committee's new web site is http://www.chicagog8nato.org/
"The NATO and G8 summits present an exciting opportunity to showcase our extraordinary city to the world," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "Hosting these summits puts the spotlight on Chicago as a city on the move and an unparalleled destination for travel, tourism and business."
"The Chicago G8/NATO Host Committee is making plans for a variety of programs to engage and include residents in the historic events," Lori Healey, Executive Director of the Chicago G8 NATO Host Committee said in a statement.
"This is really a tremendous opportunity for Chicagoans to show the world how we can come together in support of major events like we have done in the past."
The Chicago G8/NATO Host Committee, "is working under the auspice of World Business Chicago, a non-for-profit organization focused on economic development which serves as the legal entity leading the private sector G8 and NATO activities and operations."
It is very rare for one city to host both a G8 and a NATO meeting; the last time was more than 30 years ago. This is the first time a NATO summit in the U.S. has been held outside of Washington
The "Group of 8" consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States