During the NATO summits, Chicago will have a chance to show off its culinary scene. The Illinois Restaurant Association unveiled an international dining initiative in February, aimed at bolstering enthusiasm for the summit. Sheila O’Grady is the head of The Illinois Restaurant Association.
"There's no better opportunity than having hundreds of journalists from around the globe here," said Grady.
Under the program, more than 50 Chicago-area restaurants will present special tasting menus from May 1-25. The program, Chicago's Culinary Crossroads, "is a celebratory way to encourage both residents and visitors to dine out and experience our vibrant, diverse restaurants," O'Grady said in a statement. "I can't think of a better way to honor the nations that will be represented."