LIVE UPDATES: Peaceful Protest Planned In Grant, Union Park; Downtown Road Closures Continue

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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:

1:45 p.m

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.

1:10 p.m.

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.

12:30 p.m.

A large crowd of protesters are heading north of Ashland from Union Park.

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10:30 a.m.

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.

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.

9 a.m. 

Illinois State Police announced road closures in and near downtown as traffic continues to be closed off due to downtown protests.

Lake Shore Drive is closed in both directions from Fullerton to 31st Street.

This is a developing story.

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