Rumor mill: UIC could host G8 summit

City hoping to avoid conflict with restaurant show

06/23/2011 1:36 PM

By Ben Meyerson

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The G8 conference, an annual meeting between the leaders of the biggest countries in the world, is headed to Chicago next spring and according to one report, it could wind up on the Near West Side.

With the annual National Restaurant Show booked at McCormick Place for the same week in mid-May, Crain's Chicago Business blogger Greg Hinz reported Thursday that the city might try holding the conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago's campus.

Citing "a source who would know," Hinz said city officials were looking into the idea to avoid conflicting with the restaurant convention. UIC is far enough west of McCormick Place that the two huge events wouldn't conflict.

Of course, having eight of the most important leaders of the free world in one place is bound to cause some snags for everyone else. The Eisenhower could well be crippled for the entire week as motorcades move through town not to mention the hordes of protestors who would swarm University Village.

The G8 summit is scheduled for May 15 through 22 of next year.

Click here read Hinz's piece.

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By jas from Little Italy
Posted: 06/30/2011 7:16 PM

Since before Alexander the Great & Imperial Rome, egoists have aspired to rule the world. G8, G7, G20 are no different. Fools they may be, pomp and romp they do dance, until circumstances send them to the circular file. Trilateral Commission, Bildeberg Group & earlier International Invitational NGO's have aspired to erase national boundaries & economies since the Council on Foreign Relations and really back to the "Wealth of Nations" and similar pseudo-theological econ fantasies. FOOLS ALL!

By Gail Fisher from Oak Park
Posted: 06/30/2011 1:12 PM

I resent Robert's unfounded global slam of UIC. It is not the UIC I attended and work at.

By Robert from Dearborn Park
Posted: 06/28/2011 11:44 AM

Why would anyone in their right mind want to host such an event? There is very little upside and a whole lot of potential downside to holding this meeting in Chicago. UIC (Urban Idiots of Chicago) are not known for having particularly bright people so I suppose this idea should come as no surprise.