If you’re traveling to or from Chicago this weekend, the NATO summit will create some inconvenience. The last mile at the north end of I-55 will be closed Saturday through Monday, as will Lake Shore Drive near Soldier Field. Some commuter train stations will be closed, but Amtrak has no change in its schedule or baggage policy. “We expect to operate normally with minimal delays,” spokesman Marc Magliari said.
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He says there may be delays getting to and from Chicago Union Station due to adjusted traffic patterns at street level. The trains from Carbondale and Champaign that go to Chicago go right under McCormick Place, where the summit is being held, and they will continue to do so. Some businesses in Chicago are letting employees work from home on Monday if they can. “There’s no question it is difficult, the disruptions, but you know, we’re strong. The people of Illinois understand that we have to have inconveniences and there’s no question that it’s going to be inconvenient,” Gov. Pat Quinn said. The Cubs are playing the White Sox this weekend, which means the usual number of out-of-town baseball visitors to Chicago will be less.