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Inside the Swag Bag for NATO Summit Attendees

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    High-end parties usually come with a goodie bag for guests, and though it doesn't rival the Academy Awards, the NATO Summit is no exception.

    And party host Mayor Rahm Emanuel certainly made sure the swag is appropriately Chicago-centric.

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    Summit attendees will each receive a messenger bag made of recycled plastic bottles to promote the city's “bike-friendly profile," according to the host committee.

    The bag contains a welcome brochure, personal welcome note from a Chicago student and a Chicago bike map.

    Lolla Swag: Motorola Gifting

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    Hometown company Motorola was very visible during Lollapalooza weekend, setting up shop inside the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and gifting many of the artists and VIPs that came through. And they were hardly chintzy gifts. The lucky ones walked away with Motorola ATRIX Lapdocks, Xoom Tablets or a DROID 3 Android Smartphone, which all retail for around 500 bucks. British pop superstar Ellie Goulding expressed surprise that she could get a free tablet and was excited to learn that it works across the pond as well. Motorola's Juli Burda walks us through the products and how they decide who gets what.

    Chicago-themed food also makes an appearance: popcorn from Garrett Popcorn, chocolate truffles from Vosges Chocolates, "Summit Trail Mix" from Fisher Nuts, Quaker Oats yogurt and granola bars, Orbit gum from Wrigley Company, Milky Way from Wrigley/Mars and a NATO cookie from Manny’s Deli.

    Focused on local "arts, culture and tourist attractions," attendees will find in their bags a free download of music from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a blank Summit journal, Chicago flag pin, visitor guide and map, Chicago buttons, and NATO Magazine.

    Lollapalooza Swag: Guess Eyewear

    [CHI] Lollapalooza Swag: Guess Eyewear
    We went inside the gifting suites at the Hard Rock Hotel during Lollapalooza weekend to see what brands were pimping their goods. The "Music Lounge" lounge treated artists and other VIP attendees to free swag with the hope that it translates into much-needed publicity for their products.