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May All Chicagoans Be Safe This May

May 01, 2012

As we begin a new month, a question for all Chicagoans: Why is this May going to be different than all other Mays in the city?

Four letters: NATO.

May 1 is May Day, traditionally a day of political protests all over the country, from Wall Street to Daley Plaza to the Golden Gate Bridge.

In Chicago, however, this year’s May Day will continue throughout the month thanks to the upcoming NATO summit, which starts in the city on May 20.

In addition to the extra protesters that will take to the streets this month, keep an eye out for federal law enforcement officers wearing special outfits patrolling the streets near city government offices.

May’s summit could pump more than $125 million into Chicago’s economy, but it could also bring violent protesters to our city’s streets.

It’s going to be an interesting month of May in Chicago, and we will go into more detail on the NATO summit and what Chicago real estate residents should do to prepare.

But the whole month can’t be about politics. Here are some other observances recognized during the month, summit or not. May is:

*National Moving Month

*Gifts From The Garden Month

*Clean Air Month

*Go Fetch! Food Drive for Homeless Animals Month

*National Foster Care Month

*National Military Appreciation Month

*National Bike Month, Motorcycle Safety Month, National Good Car Keeping Month

*Teen Self-Esteem Month, Young Achievers of Tomorrow Month, International Victorious Woman Month, Older Americans Month

*Family Wellness Month, Better Hearing and Speech Month, Healthy Vision Month, Correct Posture Month, Better Sleep Month, Meditation Month, Mental Health Month

*ALS Awareness Month, Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month, National Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month, National Arthritis Month, National Stroke Awareness Month

*International Audit Month, International Business Image Improvement Month, National Revise Your Work Schedule Month

*National Artisan Gelato Month, National Asparagus Month, National Barbeque Month, National Chocolate Custard Month, National Egg Month, National Salad Month, National Salsa Month, National Strawberry Month,  National Vinegar Month, Sweet Vidalia Onions Month

*Creative Beginnings Month, Get Caught Reading Month, National Share A Story month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

*Freedom Shrine Month, National Preservation Month, Personal History Month, React Month

There are also a bevvy of weekly and daily observances this month, including Lumpy Rug Day on May 3. Lumpy Rug Day can be looked at on different levels:

*Metaphorically: Have you been shoving too much “under the rug” this year? Have you kept up with your New Year’s resolutions, held your tongue on issues you need to get out or sat back while intolerance reared its evil head around you? Time to get your act together and smooth out that rug.

*Literally: Are there actual lumps in your rug? Stop stepping over the lumps, pick up that rug and actually clean underneath. Hey, you might just find some spare change. Then you can toss that old rug and go grab a new one. When else, if not on Lumpy Rug Day?

Happy May!

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