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For Chicago, NATO summit brings commuter headaches

For Chicago, meeting of NATO leaders brings global exposure but plenty of headaches, too By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) ' As President Barack Obama and 50 heads of state arrive for a NATO summit, parts of Chicago are all but shutting down.

It's the result of dire warnings about heightened security, snarled transportation and the threat of large protests downtown.

For weeks, the extensive preparations have been hard to miss. Barricades have been erected around landmark buildings. Many workers are being asked to stay home. At least one apartment complex along a protest route has advised residents to leave.

But others are shaking their heads at how some of the planning seems to be going overboard. A local columnist noted that in New York City, the weekend summit "would be just another day at the office." And some Chicagoans are determined to keep to their plans and routines.

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