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Chicago Tribune: "Foreign journalists favorably impressed" ›

Chicago garnered high marks, according to some of the 2,200 or so accredited journalists covering the NATO Summit. And though policymaking and protests drew most of the headlines, city backers can hope a plethora of future stories will burnish the city's image. Read More ›

Chicago Sun-Times: "NATO chief calls Chicago ‘perfect place for this NATO summit’" ›

NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen on Sunday praised President Barack Obama’s leadership of NATO and the president’s choice of Chicago for the summit. Read More ›

Chicago Summit Declaration on Afghanistan ›

Read the declaration issued by Heads of State and Government of Afghanistan and Nations contributing to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Read More ›

New York Times: "NATO Agrees on Afghan Security Transition in 2013" ›

President Obama and the leaders of America’s NATO allies agreed to end their guiding role in the decade-long war in Afghanistan next summer, saying it is time for the Afghan people to take responsibility for their own security and for the United States-led international troops to go home.  Read More ›

Chicago Tribune: "NATO's Chicago experience" ›

I sampled a taste of Chicago at NATO headquarters in Brussels a few months ago, and it was sweet. I really enjoyed my first sip of local root beer — and a piece of cheesecake to go with it — when Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago first lady Amy Rule and U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder launched a week of exciting events to count down to our summit this weekend. Read More ›

Chicago Summit Declaration ›

Read the joint declaration released by participating Heads of State and Government from the first day of the Chicago NATO Summit. Read More ›

Chicago Tribune: "Making Chicago more than a dateline" ›

Thousands of journalists from around the world have swept into Chicago to cover the NATO summit, putting the host city atop the international news headlines for the weekend. Read More ›

NATO Secretary General opens Youth Summit in Chicago ›

Arriving in Chicago on 19 May 2012 on the eve of the NATO Summit, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen opened a conference gathering young professionals and students from NATO and partner countries from across the globe. Read More ›

New York Times: "United States to Unveil Plans to Bolster NATO Alliance" ›

President Obama on Sunday will unveil a new package of NATO initiatives that includes the alliance purchasing a fleet of surveillance drones, sharing weapons and training facilities, and sustaining nuclear deterrence in Europe even as disarmament efforts continue with an often belligerent Russia, according to senior administration officials. Read More ›

Chicago Tribune: "O'Hare volunteers the first to welcome summit-goers" ›

Arthur Zacharski was one of 500 residents who volunteered to greet NATO guests as they arrive in town this weekend and to see them off when they leave Monday and Tuesday. The volunteers are posted throughout the airport. Their job is simply to offer a warm greeting and any other help they can. Read More ›