CHICAGO (CBS)– City officials expect hundreds if not thousands to gather peacefully this weekend, beginning Saturday. In addition to opening up Grant and Union parks, portions of Lake Shore Drive will also be shut down to deal with the crowds.
Here are the latest developments:
CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported CTA buses and city trucks are being used to redirect traffic throughout the city. Mayor Lightfoot said city trucks would be placed strategically around the city.
Seeing CTA busses and city trucks getting used to redirect traffic all over Chicago — one week to the day after civil unrest we haven’t seen since 1968@cbschicago https://t.co/EOhhPnKg2s pic.twitter.com/hV6HYpwDc0
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) June 6, 2020
The March of Justice for George Floyd is taking over Ashland from Grand Avenue to Division Street. According to CBS 2’s Jeanette Hudson, the protest is moving east.
— Jeanette Hudson (@JHudsontraffic) June 6, 2020
— Yasmeen Hassan (@YasmeenTV) June 6, 2020
A large crowd of protesters are heading north of Ashland from Union Park.
Two protests in Union Park are underway in response to the death of George Floyd. One of the protests is being organized by Refuse Fascism Chicago.
Protest at Union Park starts at 10:30 am. Refuse Fascism Chicago is organizing the protest. Group is demanding no more police murder of black people, no fascist police state, no fascist military war on people, and POTUS and VP out of office. @cbschicago
— Vi Nguyen (@ViNguyen) June 6, 2020
Grant Park and Union Park will be designated spots for demonstrators to gather this weekend, as part of a plan announced by Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Illinois State Police announced road closures in and near downtown as traffic continues to be closed off due to downtown protests.
— IllinoisStatePolice (@ILStatePolice) June 6, 2020
Lake Shore Drive is closed in both directions from Fullerton to 31st Street.
This is a developing story.