Occupy offshoot to bus protesters to Chicago

May 8, 2012 5:16:46 AM PDT
Members of the Occupy movement from both coasts and a number of cities in between are organizing protests during the NATO meeting, now less than two weeks away.

The movement has developed different identities in each of the cities in which they operate. In New York, for instance, protesters have tangled with police a number of times. By comparison Chicago protests, which at times have been quite large, have been relatively peaceful and orderly.

But when NATO comes to town, the Chicago protesters will also be hosting many of their fellow Occupy protesters from around the country. An offshoot of Occupy Wall Street is sponsoring buses from coast to coast to bring protesters to Chicago.

"We are in solidarity with everybody who will be in the streets of Chicago with such volume that they will hear us both at Camp David and at McCormick Place," said Rachael Perrotta, Occupy Chicago.

The group also plans to surround the Boeing headquarters building on May 21, hoping to shut the building down for the day. Coincidently, Boeing building management put up fences Monday around perimeter of the building. A spokesperson says they have nothing to do with protest plans saying. "The fences went up today and will be up through November or December as part of a long-planned construction project," said Boeing spokesman John Dern. "It's not a reaction to the NATO protests. We are still finalizing our plans, but we will make sure our people and property are protected during any protests."

Occupy protesters, however, have a different opinion.

"We can tell Boeing is terrified that the people of the world are coming to hold them accountable," said Perrotta.

While protests take place elsewhere, the Museum Campus will be quiet during the summit. The Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium will all be closed on Sunday during the summit.

"We're very supportive of the NATO summit, and I figured that the 24-48 hours inconvenience is worth it in the long run," said Roger German, Shedd Aquarium spokesman.

At this point, management plans to close the museums on just on Sunday. But they say they are considering closing on Saturday and Monday as well. It's unclear whether they might qualify for any federal funding to reimburse their losses for those days.

(CPD RELEASE) Road Closures, Parking and Pedestrian Restrictions

Officials also warn there will be intermittent traffic delays as motorcades usher world leaders around from Saturday, May 19 to Monday, May 21 on streets and expressways, including I-90 East & West (Kennedy Expressway) between O'Hare International Airport and Downtown; Ohio Street from I-90/94 to Fairbanks Court/Columbus Drive; Ontario Street from Fairbanks Court/Columbus Drive to I-90/94; I-90/94 East and West between downtown and I-55; and Roosevelt Road, 18th Street, and Canalport Avenue access from I-94 West (Dan Ryan Expressway outbound).

    McCormick Place
    Sunday, May 13, 2012
    Street parking will be prohibited beginning at 6 a.m., Sunday, May 13, until 11 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the following location:
  • East and West sides of S. Indiana Avenue between Cermak Road and E. 24th Place Tuesday, May, 15, 2012 Street parking will be prohibited beginning at 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 15 until 11 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 at the following locations:
  • East and west sides of S. Calumet Avenue between E. Cullerton Street and E. Cermak Road
  • East and west sides of S. Prairie Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
  • East and west sides of S. Indiana Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
  • North and south sides of E. 21st Street between S. Calumet Avenue and S. Indiana Avenue
  • North and south sides of E. Cermak Road from S. Indiana Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive
  • North and south sides of E. 24th Place between S. Indiana Avenue and S. State Street
  • North and south sides of E. 25th Street between S. State Street and Martin Luther King Drive
  • East and west sides of Martin Luther King Drive between E. Cermak Road and E. 26th Street Saturday, May 19, 2012 - Monday, May 21, 2012 Road closures and pedestrian restrictions will be implemented beginning at midnight, Saturday, May 19 (Friday midnight into Saturday). The affected roadways will open for evening rush hour on Monday, May 21:
  • Northbound and southbound Lake Shore Drive between E. Balbo Avenue and E. 39th Street
  • Northbound and southbound Interstate 55 between I-90/94 to Lake Shore Drive
  • Northbound and southbound S. Columbus Drive at E. Balbo Avenue
  • Eastbound and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive
  • Northbound and southbound S. Indiana Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
  • Northbound and southbound S. Calumet Avenue between E. Cullerton Street and E. Cermak Road.
  • Northbound and southbound S. Prairie Avenue between E. 21st Street and E. 25th Street
  • Eastbound and westbound E. 21st Street between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Calumet Avenue
  • Eastbound and westbound E. Cermak Road between S. Michigan Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive
  • Westbound E. 24th Place between Martin Luther King Drive and S. State Street
  • Eastbound E. 25th Street between S. State Street and Martin Luther King Drive
  • Northbound and southbound S. Wabash Avenue between E. 24th Place and E. 25th Street
  • Northbound and southbound Martin Luther King Drive between E. 26th Street and E. Cermak Road
  • Northbound and southbound Moe Drive between E. 31st Street and Mines Drive
  • Eastbound and westbound E. 31st Street between S. Cottage Grove and Fort Dearborn Drive
  • Northbound and southbound Fort Dearborn Drive between E. 31st Street and Lakeside Center

Northern Museum Campus

Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium are scheduled to be open for business with limited parking on Saturday, May 19. Parking lots open on Saturday include the top three floors of Soldier Field North Lot and the Adler Planetarium parking lot. All parking lots will close at 5:30 p.m. following the closure of museums. If vehicles are still in lots they will be towed from the campus to an off-site city lot.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday evening, May 19, the Northern Museum Campus to include Northerly Island will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic. All pedestrians and vehicles still on the campus at that time will be permitted to exit at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Road.

Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium will be closed to the public on Sunday, May 20.

    Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.

    The following roads will be closed:

  • Museum Campus Drive between McFetridge Drive and 18th Street
  • E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • 18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • Lake Shore Drive between McFetridge Drive and McCormick Center (Street closure will merge with McCormick Center street closures.)
  • Eastbound and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Lake Shore Drive Street parking will be prohibited at the following locations:
  • East and west side of N. Museum Campus Drive between McFetridge Drive and 18th Street
  • North and south side of E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • North and south side of 18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • East and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Lake Shore Drive The following parking lots will be closed to museum campus patrons:
  • Field Museum east parking lot
  • South portion of Adler Planetarium parking lot
  • First floor of Soldier Field North Lot
  • Waldron Lot and Soldier Field South Lot Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 6 p.m. until Sunday, May 20 at midnight (Sunday midnight into Monday) The following roads will be closed:
  • Museum Campus Drive between E. Solidarity Drive and 18th Street
  • E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • 18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • Northbound and southbound Lake Shore Drive between E. Balbo Avenue and McCormick Center (Street closure will merge with McCormick Center street closures)
  • E. McFetridge Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • S. Columbus Drive between E. Balboa Drive and E. McFetridge Drive
  • Eastbound and westbound E. Roosevelt Road between S. Indiana Avenue and S. Lake Shore Drive Street parking will be prohibited at the following locations:
  • East and west side of N. Museum Campus Drive between E. Solidarity Drive and 18th Street
  • North and south side of E. Waldron Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • North and south side of 18th Street between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • North and south side of McFetridge Drive between S. Lake Shore Drive and Museum Campus Drive
  • North and south side of eastbound and westbound Solidarity Drive between Museum Campus Drive and Adler Planetarium turnabout. The following parking lots will be closed:
  • Field Museum east parking lot
  • Adler Planetarium parking lot
  • Soldier Field North Lot (all floors)
  • Waldron Lot and Soldier Field South Lot

    Willis Tower
    On Saturday, May 19, 2012, there will be intermittent road closures starting at 6 p.m. at:
  • S. Franklin Street between W. Adams Street and W. Jackson Boulevard
  • In addition, the street closure that already exists due to construction on W. Adams Street (north side of Willis Tower) and S. Upper Wacker Drive (west side of Willis Tower) will be in effect.
    No street parking will be allowed beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19 until midnight, Sunday, May 20 (Saturday midnight going into Sunday).
  • North and south side of Adams Street on north side of Willis Tower
  • North and south side of Jackson Boulevard between Franklin and Wacker Drive
  • East and west side of Franklin Street between Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago Cultural Center & Art Institute of Chicago
    No street parking will be allowed beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19 until midnight, Sunday, May 20 (Saturday midnight into Sunday):
  • East and west sides of Wabash Avenue between Lake Street and Washington Street
  • North and south sides of Randolph Street between Michigan Avenue and Wabash Avenue
  • North and south sides of E. Washington Street between Wabash Avenue and Michigan Avenue
  • West side of Michigan Avenue between E. Randolph Street and E. Jackson Drive
  • North and south sides of E. Monroe Street between S. Michigan Avenue and S. Columbus Drive Beginning at midnight, Sunday, May 20 (Saturday midnight into Sunday) the following road will be closed until 11 p.m.:
  • E. Monroe Street between S. Michigan Avenue and S. Columbus Drive Beginning at 4 p.m, Sunday, May 20, until 11 p.m., the following roads will be closed:
  • Garland Court between Madison Street and Randolph Street On Sunday, May 20, 2012, there will be intermittent road closures starting at 6 p.m.
  • Northbound/southbound Michigan Avenue between E. Randolph Street and Jackson Drive
  • Jackson Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive
  • S. Columbus Drive between E. Monroe Street and E. Jackson Drive

    Airspace Restrictions
    An interagency airspace security plan will be implemented to provide secure airspace over the Chicago area during the NATO Summit. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight advisory listing enhanced restrictions was released April 18 (Notice #NOTC3675 -) . A Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs) with additional details will be published at a later date.
    Pilots are strongly encouraged to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area or contact a Flight Service Station at 1-800-992-7433 to check for all current NOTAMs. Pilots may also contact FAA Systems Operations Support Center (SOSC) at 202-267-8276 or through the FAA's website tfr.faa.gov

    Marina/Waterway Restrictions
    The public will see an increased U.S. Coast Guard presence on the water during the NATO Summit. The Coast Guard's initiatives are one of the many layers of increased security during the summit. The Coast Guard will continue to perform its standard missions of search and rescue and law enforcement in addition to their homeland security responsibilities.
    The following maritime security zone will be effective and enforced 24 hours a day between 8 a.m. on May 18, 2012, and 8 a.m. on May 22, 2012:
  • Security Zone A - Security Zone A encompasses all U.S. navigable waters, facilities, and shoreline within the arc of a circle with a 2000-yard radius of the Burnham park boat ramp with its center point located in the approximate position 41?51'37"N, 087?36'44"W.[DATUM: NAD 83].
    Security Zones B, C, and D, effective between 8 a.m. on May 18, 2012, and 8 a.m. on May 22, 2012, will have fewer restrictions than Zone A. Commercial and recreational traffic will be allowed access to these areas unless security measures need to be temporarily implemented.
  • Security Zone B - Security Zone B encompasses all U.S. navigable waters, facilities, and shoreline within the arc of a circle with a 2000-yard radius of the outer most tip of the Chicago lock with its center point located in the approximate position 41?53'19"N, 087?36'17"W.[DATUM: NAD 83].
  • Security Zone C - Security Zone C encompasses all U.S. navigable waters of the Chicago River between the Western Gate of the Chicago Controlling Works Lock which is located in approximate position 41?53'18"N, 087?36'28"W. [DATUM: NAD 83] and the juncture of the north and south branches of the Chicago River which is located in approximate position 41?53'11"N, 087?38'15"W. [DATUM: NAD 83]
  • Security Zone D - Security Zone D encompasses all U.S. navigable waters of the south branch of the Chicago River between Mile Markers 245.0 and 276.0. [DATUM: NAD 83]. Concerned maritime traffic can contact the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Representative via VHF-FM Channel 16. All City of Chicago owned or operated bridges over the Main, South and North Branches of the Chicago River will be closed to masted navigation between 7 a.m. on May 18, 2012 through 7 a.m. on May 21, 2012.

    Commuter Rail Lines and Public Transit
    Commuter rail lines in Chicago will not be closed to riders during the NATO Summit. However, passengers should plan for delays as trains approach and pass through the McCormick Place stop due to necessary security measures.
    The McCormick Place stop will be closed on both Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21. Other stations may be closed as needed. Additional information on route changes during the NATO Summit will be available online via Metra at metrarail.com and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District at NICTD.com. Changes to bus routes within the vehicle and pedestrian restricted areas will be necessary. Information on route changes will be available on the Chicago Transit Authority website at TransitChicago.com.

    Online Information
    The Chicago NATO Host committee will use Notify Chicago as a resource for communicating useful summit related information on street closures, traffic disruptions and more.
    Individuals may sign up for Notify Chicago through the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications website to receive message alerts via text message or voicemail related to extreme weather alerts, traffic disruptions, health alerts and major incidents.
    The free subscription can be completed in a matter of minutes by visiting http://www.notifychicago.org. This is a free City of Chicago service, though text message rates may apply based on cell phone provider.
    Information and updates for the 2012 NATO Summit will be available online through the following websites.
  • NATO Host Committee - ChicagoNATO.org
  • City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications: NotifyChicago.org
  • Chicago Police Department: portal.chicagopolice.org
  • Chicago Transit Authority: TransitChicago.com
  • Chicago Metra www.metrarail.com
  • Federal Aviation Administration flight restrictions - http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html
  • Illinois Department of Transportation - travelmidwest.com
  • Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District - www.NICTD.com
  • U.S. Secret Service - secretservice.gov Additions or updates to this plan may be made prior to the start of the event.

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