It is a NATO summit, not an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy or Tony Award show, right? Then, one might want to ask, why a gift bag for those coming to Chicago this weekend to partake in the summit? Yes, a gift bag.
A release about the bags notes this: "We hope you can extend your stay here and experience some true Chicago-style hospitality. But if you can only sneak away from the NATO Summit for an hour, we thought we could identify a few highlights to make sure you don't waste the opportunity."
By the way, every journalist will get one as well. In a nutshell, this gift bag will be Chicago themed and is designed to give them a taste of the city and ideas of where to go. The hope is that it gets them to come back, or even extend their current stay, protesters aside.
- Welcome note from a Chicago student.
- Chicago flag pin, visitor guide, map.
- Chicago bike trail map.
- "Explore Chicago" buttons and materials about NATO.
- A free download of music from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
- The notebook with tourism ideas from Rule and others.
- Chicago facts.
The gifts are courtesy of the Chicago NATO Summit Host Committee and apparently this is a common practice.
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times reports that the bag is made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles and is modeled on a bike messenger bag and was designed by the president of Birkdesign Inc., JinJa Davis Birkenbeuel.
There will be snacks proved as well.
- Popcorn from Garrett Popcorn Shops
- "Chicago Truffles" from Vosges Chocolates
- "Summit Trail Mix" from Fisher Nut
- Quaker Oats Yogurt and Granola Bars
- Orbit gum from Wrigley
- Milky Way from the Mars Chicago factory -
- "NATO cookie" from Manny's Deli
Meanwhile, visitors will not be able to embark on tours of certain places in the city as they will be closed. They include the Adler Planetarium, Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium . They are closed until May 21. Meanwhile, The Field Museum will be closed only on Sunday, May 20. They are closing for a related NATO event.