NATO doesn't deter tourists from Chicago

May 19, 2012

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Some tourists visiting Chicago this weekend say the NATO summit didn't deter them from their planned vacations. WBEZ went out to Michigan Ave. Saturday to talk to tourists about how the summit was affecting their trip.

Mary Pope from San Diego said she and her husband only found out about the NATO summit on Thursday, so they couldn't move their trip.

"Everybody kept sending us emails saying, 'Do you realize what's going on Chicago?' And we're like, 'Oh well, it will add to the fun,'" Pope said.

Judy and Joe Rahrig are in town from Michigan celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary, and that can't really be rescheduled.

"I bought the Jersey Boy tickets so we really kinda had to come," Judy Rahrig said.

Her husband Joe said the couple wasn't worried about being in any danger during their stay in Chicago.

"They've really built up the security, you see it on every corner, you see it on every corner, you see it on all the waterways, as well as the highways," he said.

Many say they actually felt safer in the city because of the event. Toronto native Ljiljani Vojanovicilic said if there are any interruptions, the police can handle it.

"Chicago is a big city, right, so if Chicago can't handle it, who can, right?" she said.

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