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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012

Chicago became the focus of the global politics and security May 20-21 when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held its summit at McCormick Place. 

The Red Line Project covered the summit, protests and other events throughout the weekend. 

Photo by AnnCatherine BradyPresident Obama and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen outlined plans for turning over military responsibilities in Afghanistan to Afghan forces by 2014. Related:

Photo: President Obama at his final press conference of the summit. (Photo by AnnCatherine Brady)

Photo by Bartosz BrzezinskiViolece broke out near McCormick Place after protesters failed to disperse at the end of the Iraq War veterans ceremony, resulting in 45 arrests and injuries to police and protestors. Related:

Videos: Protest out of hand | Injured protesters
Reporter's view: Inside the confrontation
Pre-protest rally gave variety of perspectives
Slideshow: Protesters with a purpose
Storify: Protest social media archiveMobile video and photos of the protests
Photo: Police corner protesters near McCormick Place. (Photo by Bartosz Brzezinski)

Photo by Josclynn BrandonIraq war veterans marched in protest of NATO on Sunday. The Red Line Project followed the journey of a DePaul student and the mother of a soldier who died.  

Photo: DePaul student Jonathon Anderson returned his war medal during a ceremony at McCormick Place. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)


Photo by Lauren KlopmeyerIn the last organized protest of the NATO summit, demonstrators marched to Boeing's headquarters, then to several other Loop locations, including Obama campaign headquarters. 

Photo: Demonstrators lay down in front of Boeing's Chicago headquarters. (Photo by Lauren Klopmeyer)


Photo by Ivy LiuSmall business owners say they've seen a 50 to 75 percent decrease in business during the summit. Those close to the parade route fared better. 

Photo: Riley Crane, inventory manager of Warehouse Liquor, talks about the loss of revenue during the NATO summit. (Photo by Ivy Liu)


Rasmussen Photo by AnnCatherine BradyNATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Saturday laid out the key issues and details for the summit: Aghanistan, NATO capabilities and partnerships. Related:

Live blog from the summit
Storify: Social media coverage of the summit

Photo: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to the media. (Photo by AnnCatherine Brady)

Afghanistan GraphicVeterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars talk about their service and how the U.S. and NATO need to pull out of Afghanistan. 




Hillary Clinton Photo by Sean McDonoughSecretary of State Hillary Clinton and other NATO dignitaries invaded Wrigley Field for a rare Cubs weekend night game. Related:

NATO? Cubs, Sox fans want their baseball

Photo: Hillary Clinton makes her way into Wrigley Field. (Photo by Sean McDonough)

NATO nurses photo by Alex CyhaniukThousands of nurses gathered at a National Nurses United rally at Daley Plaza Friday to support a sin tax on Wall Street to support health care. Related:

Video: Protesters march through DePaul Center
Storify: Coverage of the protest

Photo: Nurses rally at Daley Plaza. (Photo by Alex Cyhaniuk)

Debate Photo by Kristen NemotoA debate at Pritzker Military Library on May 17 provided a thoughtful discussion and no outbursts from the audience. Related:

Webcast from debate provided interesting view


G8 icon via iStockPhoto

Both summits will have movers and shakers setting the agenda on global issues. Experts share who are the eight to watch. (Photo via iStockPhoto). Related stories:

Map: NATO representatives by nation
Graphic: NATO, G8 participants
G8 and NATO key issues | NATO timeline
Eight things to know about the G8

Joe Iosbaker Photo by Courtney Ley

A week before the NATO summit, protesters from various activist organizations gathered at a South Side warehouse -- headquarters for Occupy Chicago -- for The People's Summit.

The two-day affair featured dozens of panels and discussions on issues relating to NATO and the G8. 

Photo: Activist Joe Iosbaker makes a point during a discussion. (Photo by Brittany Lawler). 

Google Maps ScreengrabSome buildings and areas of downtown Chicago are planning to shut down because of the NATO summit, May 20-21. Other organizations, businesses and schools have moved or rescheduled events. Check this interactive map for updates. 

Related: DePaul closing Loop campus the weekend of NATO

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