Chicago's getting ready to roll out the red carpet for China's president.
Mayor Richard Daley, who was in the nation's capital attending a meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors and a state dinner at the White House in Hu's honor, will welcome the president of the People's Republic of China at O'Hare International Airport at about 4:30 p.m.
From there, the men will travel to the Chicago Hilton and Towers, at 720 S. Michigan Ave., for a mayoral dinner and gala. Expect some street closures and extra security in the area.
Hu's visit will also include a tour of Walter Payton College Prep, which is home to the first Confucious Institute in Chicago and a tour of Chinese businesses which have a presence in the Midwest.
"I look forward to welcoming President Hu to Chicago to continue building a relationship that advances the common interests and shared concerns of China and Chicago -- establishing Chicago as China’s economic 'Gateway to America'," said Daley in a statement.
The Zhou brothers, who have a gallery in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, gifted the Chinese president a painting during a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.