WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama will show off her South Side Chicago neighborhood to spouses of NATO leaders in Chicago on May 20 for the Summit--and host a dinner for them later that day at the Art Institute.
Mrs. Obama who speaks often of growing up in a small apartment at 7436 S. Euclid, will take the spouses to the Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside.
The White House said Monday the spouses will tour of the center and attend a performance by the South Shore Dance Drill Team--based at the Comer Center -and the Muntu Dance Theater. The lunch for the spouses will be at Comer with Chef Paul Kahan--of Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. -assisted by Comer youths
President Barack Obama is hosting a summit of G-8 leaders at Camp David before moving on to Chicago for the much larger NATO meeting. On May 19, the spouses will tour the White House guided by White House Curator Bill Allman and then join Mrs. Obama for what is billed as an "intimate lunch" with produce from the White House kitchen garden.
It is traditional for the first ladies of a host county to plan a program for spouses; Mrs. Obama entertained spouses of global leaders when the G-20 met in Pittsburgh for a summit in 2009.