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Chinese President Visits Chicago Thursday

A gala and tour of Walter Payton College Prep is on the schedule



    Chinese President Visits Chicago Thursday

    Chicago's getting ready to roll out the red carpet for China's president.

    Hu Jintao arrives in town Thursday for a two-day tour of Chicago, his only other U.S. stop besides Washington, D.C.

    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.