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2012 NATO Summit guide

Tips and tricks for navigating the closures, protests and general craziness surrounding the 2012 NATO Summit, May 20–21 in Chicago.
By Maura Brannigan, Jake Malooley and Erin Osmon |

Many of the city's museums and cultural institutions will be closed or operating with reduced hours surrounding the 2012 NATO Summit. A list of heavy hitters is below. Be sure to call ahead for changes or updates before you head out this weekend.

Adler Planetarium
Closed May 19–21

Art Institute of Chicago
Closed May 19–21

Chicago Cultural Center
The visitors' center at CCC will be open 10am–4pm May 19–21. The rest of the building will be closed.

Field Museum
The Field Museum will be open 9am–5pm May 19, with last admission at 4pm. The museum will be closed May 20–21.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Closed May 19–21

Museum of Science and Industry
MSI is open with normal hours May 19–21 and is offering a deal: Purchase one adult general admission and get one free. Click here for details.

Navy Pier
The Pier will be open with normal hours May 19–21.

Shedd Aquarium
Closed May 19–21

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