Parts of Chicago River, Lake Michigan to shut down during NATO summit
Coast Guard to shut down river from Navy Pier to Pilsen, lake from Oak Street to McCormick Place
03/09/2012 3:57 PM
If you were hoping to use your boat to catch a glimpse of President Obama, Vladimir Putin or one of the other foreign leaders coming to town for the NATO summit in May, you’re out of luck.
The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to shut down the Chicago River completely from Navy Pier to Pilsen. In addition, Lake Michigan will be off limits to boats from roughly Oak Street to just south of McCormick Place, about 2,000 feet eastward.
The restrictions would be in effect from May 16 through May 24. But the Coast Guard filed the proposal in the Federal Register on Tuesday, on March 6 — the day after Obama announced that the G8 summit would be held in Maryland at secluded Camp David. The NATO summit is scheduled to be held on May 20 and 21.
The Coast Guard’s proposal mentions both the G8 and NATO summits, suggesting the scope of the restrictions was set before the meetings were split up. The Coast Guard’s press office did not immediately return calls.