Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Memo to Chicagoans: Wear Shorts, Flip Flops and Don't Shave During NATO Summit

Crain's reports:
Workers at some Chicago office towers are being encouraged to dress down to avoid being targeted by protesters during the meeting of world leaders May 20 and 21. Safety procedures in some high-rises include the recommendation that employees set aside suits, ties and anything with corporate logos.
Tenants in the office building at 1 E. Wacker Drive received a memo encouraging them to stay away from wearing suits, urging workers to "look like a protester."...

At 1 S. Wacker Drive, tenants are being urged to "dress down" in order to blend with protesters, and also cautioned against wearing items or carrying bags with corporate logos...

It remains to be seen whether executives for Chicago's leading companies will show up for work unshaven and wearing shorts and flip-flops...While some workplaces may dress down, others will shut down entirely amid the threat of potential protests and violence during the summit. At least two banks are closing downtown branches on that Friday and Monday, and others are considering doing so.


  1. Ha, ha, I can't wait for some CEO-type wearing shorts and flip flops to get pepper-sprayed and taken into custody by the hyped-up praetorian guard. Since the Secret Service is involved, he could be in Guantanamo before nightfall!

  2. One would think to hold a NATO Summit in Europe, not in the mid west. But anything that shows wasteful government spending can't be a bad thing.

  3. I work in the fed building in chicago. We haven't gotten any word from the higher-ups regarding the nato summit. I will be sure to email/comment about what I see down here.