How to prepare for Women's March Chicago

  • Women's March Chicago begins about 12:30 p.m. Saturday along Michigan Avenue, Jackson Boulevard and Clark Street.

    Women's March Chicago begins about 12:30 p.m. Saturday along Michigan Avenue, Jackson Boulevard and Clark Street. AP Photo/Paul Beaty

 
 
Posted1/19/2018 5:30 AM

About the event

• Rally begins at 11 a.m. in Grant Park. Enter at Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

• Site opens at 9 a.m. with recorded videos and music.

• A family zone and access for people with disabilities will be at Monroe Street and Columbus Drive.

• March begins about 12:30 p.m. along Michigan Avenue, Jackson Boulevard and Clark Street.

• March ends at Federal Plaza. Participants are asked to immediately exit the area to allow all marchers through.

Other tips

• Register online to help organizers prepare for crowds. Last year's turnout? An estimated 250,000 people.

• Prepare for the weather: Saturday's expected high is 40, according to AccuWeather.

• Arrive early. Public transportation will be crowded. Metra is adding extra trains on some lines. See Metrarail.com/node/5683.

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• Bring your own handheld signs.

• Pack a lunch or eat at a nearby restaurant. No on-site food or drink vendors will be available.

• Plan to meet your group at one of the march's designated meetup spots, or register your own.

• The Chicago Temple at Washington and Clark streets is opening as a meetup spot and warming station before and during the event.

More information

• Join the private Facebook group or like the page: www.facebook.com/WomensMarchChicago/

• Visit the website: womens121marchonchicago.org/.

Source: Event organizer Claire Shingler and Women's March Chicago

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