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Impact of the NATO Summit on Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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May 14, 2012

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital will be fully open and operational during the summit

Leaders from around the world will gather at Chicago’s McCormick Place on May 20 and 21 for the NATO summit. It is estimated that up 10,000 NATO participants, staff and foreign journalists will be in attendance, with protests expected as well.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital will be fully open and operational during the summit and patient appointments and classes will take place as scheduled. However, please be aware that security surrounding the summit will result in street closures, both planned and unplanned, that may impact access to our medical campus.

We have been informed that both Ohio and Ontario streets will be key travel thoroughfares for motorcades. These and other streets and highways throughout the city may close without prior notice, possibly resulting in delays of up to several hours.

See the map of street closures and alternate routes to Northwestern Memorial.

We are advising our patients, visitors and staff to allow extra travel time to and from the hospital. While the hospital will be open to serve our patients, those coming to Northwestern during this time for planned appointments or procedures might consider rescheduling to a time that is more convenient for them.

For expecting women and other patients who may require urgent care, we urge you to plan alternate routes to the hospital, and in some circumstances, to another healthcare provider in the event you are unable get to our campus during an emergency. Please speak with your physician to determine what is best for you.

Links and Resources:

  • Visit NotifyChicago.org for up-to-date information on street closures and register to receive breaking traffic alerts via email, text messaging or voicemail.

For updated information on route and schedule changes:


Patients who have questions about accessing the hospital should call 312-926-2000.

If you are a reporter who needs to contact Media Relations please call 312-926-7432.

Last UpdateMay 15, 2012