Public Assembly Considerations

From the 1966 civil rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the 2017 Women's March in Grant Park, demonstrations of free speech and the right to protest have uniquely shaped Chicago's history. In the event of any public assembly, the West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) would like to remind our neighbors of the following:

If you believe your business and/or home are located along routes used for public assembly, in efforts to allow for safe passage, please consider temporarily relocating any items and/or vehicles within or near the public way. As always, we advise all community members to continue being mindful of your surroundings and to address any unlawful activity by contacting the appropriate authorities. 

As the Chicago Police Department recommends: If an incident is in progress and the on-site presence of a local authority is necessary, please dial 911. If an incident occurs and the suspected offender(s) is/are no longer at the scene, please dial 311. More information regarding the 12th District Police Department can be found here.

According to the Illinois Constitution, Article I, Section 5: “The people have the right to assemble in a peaceable manner, to consult for the common good, to make known their opinions to their representatives and to apply for redress of grievances.” The West Loop Community Organization recognizes the rights granted under the Illinois Constitution’s Bill of Rights. More information for individuals exercising their right to protest can be found here.

Advocating public safety within the West Loop community is a key component of our day-to-day responsibilities. If you have any questions, concerns or comments about this note, please don’t hesitate to contact WLCO at 312.666.1991.

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