The end of the South Loop NATO line

I found the closest spot I could to the actual summit

05/21/2012 11:47 AM

By NATO Team

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The end of the line. As close as I could get to the Summit

My friend and neighbor Julia and I took a walk south and east from Roosevelt and State this morning. I wanted to get as close to the NATO summit as I could. I wanted to see how far southeast I could go before being completely and totally stopped in my tracks.

I found the spot: it's on 23rd Street almost to Indiana Avenue. The end of the line for a South Looper from Roosevelt and State; that was as far as I could go. While I could get slightly farther east on 21st Street, I got a lot closer to ground zero by going south on Michigan to 23rd.

It was amazing that Michigan Avenue was so clean after yesterday. Aside from one brown cardboard sign on the ground, which was attached to a tree branch that doubled as a holder, on which was neatly printed "Stop Shopping."

The presence of riot-gear bedecked cops was practically nil, other than one friendly group at Roosevelt and Michigan and another friendly group at Cermak and Michigan.

Also, some low-flying planes have joined the helicopters in the South Loop's official no-fly zone sky.

One oddity since Saturday: no homeless wanderers are panhandling for money on the South Loop streets.

--Bonnie McGrath

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By Paula
Posted: 05/21/2012 10:28 PM

Bonnie, You did a great job! How silly I was to tell you to take a holiday. You were my eyes, ears & shoes on the NATO beat. So, would suggest Chicago host same again? Oh, did our city make any money or lose some more?

By Judy Marcus from Palatine
Posted: 05/21/2012 2:32 PM

Great reporting! I almost feel like I was there.