late night marching orders
I spent most of Saturday in Wrigleyville looking for anti-NATO protesters who never made it out to the Cubs-Sox game before being called to the Loop late in the evening. Several hundred people marching in unplanned demonstrations around downtown had a few clashes with Chicago police who cut off their access to Grant Park and North Michigan Avenue earlier, but from most of what I saw the crowd and the officers were peaceful and cooperative.
I joined the last band of protesters who, seemingly spontaneously, meandered about four miles from the Financial District to the West Loop, then south through Greektown and University Village. They may have been headed to Bridgeport, but Chicago police cut them off at Cermak and by then they’d lost their steam and much of their numbers. The strategy of just letting the protesters walk themselves to sleep seemed to work out on this day. The last band of about 50 people headed for the Chinatown CTA Red Line stop to go find somewhere to sleep.