Chicago Women’s March Updated Details Released | Chicago News

UPDATE: Chicago Police via Twitter announce on Saturday that the 11:30 am walk to Federal Plaza is canceled due to the large number of participants in the rally, estimated by some at 150,000. The rally will continue.


With more than 50,000 people now expected to attend Saturday’s march and rally, organizers of the Women’s March in Chicago announced Thursday that they are moving the rally for the second time. It will now take place along Columbus Drive, just north of Jackson Drive.

Organizers urge attendees to “walk only on sidewalks, streets and other paved areas,” according to a post on the event’s website. “Your organizers are responsible for damage to the grass / ground.”

In addition to the tens of thousands of individuals who have registered, more than 225 registered support groups are also planning to send protesters, organizers say.

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“It’s really exciting,” said event organizer Liz Radford of the number of registered participants doubling in two days. “I think it just reflects people’s desire to come out and have their voices heard on a variety of issues.”

Columbus Drive will be closed from Monroe Street south to Balbo Avenue. Participants must enter the rally via Balbo or Congress on Columbus Drive.

“Due to the large number of people, I think people should take their time. Plan for traffic and street closures, ”Radford said. “Be patient and act respectfully.”

Below is a map of the route and street closures.

There will be a drop-off point for people with disabilities in Columbus and Monroe. Cars dropping off people with disabilities should head south on Columbus Drive toward Monroe Street, according to the event’s website. There will be no deposits allowed on Lake Shore Drive.

Participants can begin arriving as early as 8:30 am A stage will be set up facing south at the intersection of the Jackson and Columbus drives. A Jumbotron will be installed further south along Columbus Drive.

The pre-rally musical entertainment will begin at 9:15 am, followed by a gathering of speakers at 10:00 am, including members of the “Hamilton” cast, the retired US Air Force Master Sgt. Jean Albright and Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton.

The march will begin at 11:30 am Protesters will march west on Jackson Drive to Federal Plaza, where the march will end.

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While women’s rights will be at the center of the day, the march and rally will also address other issues highlighted by the 2016 presidential campaign, such as immigration, refugee rights, gun violence, police brutality and LGBTQ rights, according to Radford.

“We hope the walk will be a kind of rallying point to inspire people to encourage others to feel lonely, so that they have the energy to come out and stand up for their own communities and their own rights as women, ”Radford said in an interview with Chicago Tonight.

Below is the full list of scheduled speakers and interpreters:

  • Ari Afsar, Karen Olivo and Samantha Marie Ware from the cast of “Hamilton” (performance)

  • Jaquie Algee, director of external relations for SEIU Healthcare of Illinois, and Marilyn Katz, co-founder of Chicago Women Take Action

  • Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Jean Albright

  • Eman Hassaballa Aly: Muslim community activist, TRUST Collective

  • Faith Arnold: SEIU Healthcare Illinois, fight for $ 15

  • Khadine Bennett: American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

  • Eloise Diaz Bahrmasel: RISE Movement

  • Ann Christophersen and Lynn Mooney: Women and Children First

  • Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton: Hadiya Pendleton Foundation

  • Rabbi Shoshanah Conover: Chicago Sholom Temple

  • Alds. Pat Dowell (3rd room), Susan Garza (10th room) and Michele Smith (43rd room)

  • The Full Court Press Second Line Drummers (performance)

  • Kids Off The Block and Diane Latiker (speaking and playing)

  • Eva Lewis, Maxine Aguilar, Maxine Wint and Yahair Tarr: Youth For Black Lives

  • Lights of Zion (performance)

  • Tamar Manasseh: mothers against senseless killings

  • Fawzia Mirza: actress / producer, host

  • Sara Paretsky: author, creator of Sisters in Crime

  • Channyn Lynne Parker: transgender activist, TransLife project manager

  • Rahnee Patrick: Independent Living at Access Living

  • Aislinn Pulley: Main Organizer of Black Lives Matter Chicago

  • Maria Socorro Pesqueria: president of Mujeres Latinas en Accion

  • Tiffany Pryor: Executive Director of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health

  • Liz Radford, Ann Scholhamer and Jessica Scheller: Co-Chairs of the Women’s March in Chicago

  • Lucy Smith (performance)

  • Shani Smith: Leading Marshal of the Women’s March in Chicago, Safety Instructions, SEIU Healthcare Illinois

  • So Chi Voices (performance)

  • Opal Staples (performance)

  • Katie Thiede: Vice President of Development for Planned Parenthood of Illinois

  • Kimberly Wasserman: Executive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

  • Reyna Wences: Communities organized against evictions

  • Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Esq .: RainbowPUSH Coalition

“We are planning and hoping for the largest women’s rally and march outside of Washington, DC on Saturday, January 21, 2017,” Ann Scholhamer, one of the march’s co-chairs, said in a press release. “We have worked hard with our dedicated volunteers to confirm an incredible list of speakers, representing issues highlighted during the campaign and various issues of concern to the women of Chicago.”

Details originally released last month called for the Jan.21 rally to be held at the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park. The rally was then moved just south of the Bandshell to “protect Grant Park from damage” due to unusually warm temperatures and rain earlier in the week.

Metra increases the capacity of Saturday trains

In anticipation of more people traveling by train to attend the event, Metra said it will have increased capacity on all of its lines operating on Saturdays.

The increase in capacity will be “similar to the level of service offered during the busy summer festival season,” according to a press release from Metra.

These lines include the UP North, Milwaukee North, UP Northwest, Milwaukee West, BNSF, Rock Island, SouthWest Service and Metra Electric lines. There is no service on Saturdays on the North Central Service or Heritage Corridor lines.

Due to construction on multiple platforms on the north side of Union Station, Metra will have an additional departure train for the Milwaukee North and Milwaukee West lines. For more information on the departure times of these trains, Click here.

A warning date for bicycles was released for Saturday, which means trains are likely to be too crowded to accommodate bicycles, according to the press release.

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