Rumor mill: UIC could host G8 summit
City hoping to avoid conflict with restaurant show
06/23/2011 1:36 PM
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.