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Postal Service to Maintain Regular Operations during NATO

May 1, 2012 - May 23, 2012

Web Site: usps.com/news

CHICAGO  The Chicago District of the U.S. Postal Service plans to maintain regular mail delivery, collection, processing and retail operations to the fullest extent possible during the NATO Summit in Chicago, May 20-21.

The safety and security of our employees, our customers and the mail is our top priority at all times, and especially while NATO is in town, said Chicago District Manager/Postmaster Karen Schenck.

Possible impacts to service could occur from May 14 through May 22; the peak impact period is May 18 through May 22.

As a security precaution, designated street collection boxes within the downtown area, including McCormick Place, and along the designated march route will be removed from May 13th to May 23rd.

For a list of collection boxes affected and the list of nearest remaining collection boxes click here

All Chicago District stations and branches will maintain their current retail hours, including the Main Post Office, 433 W. Harrison St., which is open until Midnight Monday through Saturdays and until 9 p.m. Sundays.

Mail delivery may be affected from May 16 to May 21 in ZIP Codes 60601-60605, 60606, 60607, 60610, 60611, 60616, 60654 and 60661.

The Bulk Mail Entry Unit at the Main Post Office will remain open during its regular hours to accept commercial and permit mailings. To avoid potential traffic congestion delays in the Loop, local mail deposited at retail counters and in collection boxes will be processed at the Carol Stream and Bedford Park, IL Processing and Distribution Centers starting Wednesday, May 16.

We recognize that street congestion will be increased during the period of the summit, and this may expand some travel times for transportation and delivery operations, said Schenck. We thank our customers in advance for their patience and understanding.

For up-to-date information on local Postal operations, customers may visit Facebook.com/usps or Twitter @usps during the summit period.
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A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the worlds mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service was ranked number one in overall service performance, out of the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world, Oxford Strategic Consulting. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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Contact: Mark Reynolds
Phone: 312-983-8371
Email: Mark.v.reynolds@usps.gov