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Art Institute, Shedd, Adler to close for NATO weekend

Updated: June 11, 2012 10:17AM

The Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium will be closed for additional days during the NATO summit. In addition to Sunday, May 20, the sites will be closed to the public Saturday, May 19, and Monday May 21, representatives said Wednesday.

Last week, the U.S. Secret Service announced the sites and the Field Museum would be closed Sunday, May 20, along with major road closures and parking restrictions in the area.

The summit takes place May 20-21.

“Collectively, the institutions strongly support and welcome the summit and its international delegation to the city as it showcases Chicago’s great offerings to the world,” the Art Institute, Shedd and Adler said in a joint statement. “For the clarity and convenience of museum guests, the additional operational adjustments were made with the consideration of each organization’s close proximity to McCormick Place and other designated event areas.”

The Field Museum said Tuesday it plans to stay open May 19 and May 21 during the summit. The museum will be closed the Sunday of the summit, May 20, due to a NATO event at the institution that evening, the museum said. Spokeswoman Nancy O’Shea declined to say whether NATO dignitaries will be touring the museum.

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