November 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment
Last night at a little after 4 p.m. Occupy Chicago took over the LaSalle Street bridge outside my office and blocked up all traffic. I found out about it from reading my coworker’s Facebook status and went over to see what the commotion was. When I got there it was near the end of the protest, which lasted about a half hour. We saw police arresting people who would not leave. Of the thousands of people protesting, 46 were given tickets. The whole thing broke up just before 5 p.m. when the group walked south on LaSalle, taking up the width of the street, down to Jackson (where the Chicago Board of Trade is). When I left work at about 5:20 p.m. there were no more protesters around, except a few talking to the media. There were still some policemen lingering and I could hear helicopters overhead. Read more at the Chicago Tribune. Also check out Chicagoist’s coverage. Lots of great photos there.
Our office in New York is in a building in Lower Manhattan and the Occupy protesters there caused the building to be on lockdown. I heard there was a lot of Occupy ruckus in LA yesterday too.
P.S. I saw this photo on Twitter and thought it was an interesting reverse view, from the protest. The building is 300 N. LaSalle, just south of the building I work in. You can see 300 N. LaSalle in my photos.
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The building one south of the building I work in is 300 North LaSalle. It opened in 2009 and it has been really nice to work next door. As you can see in this photo, there is public space on the waterfront, which is really nice. On occasion I’ve come out and taken a seat just to take in the air and sun and water for a few minutes during a hectic day.
The building also has Chicago Cut Steakhouse. I’ve gone once for lunch. It was good. Fancy. I was glad I wasn’t paying. Dallas has been there on a business lunch too and he really liked it. He’s a better judge of steak than I am, so I’ll take his word for it.
On the lower level, the river level, there’s Cafe 300, or “300 Club,” as we like to call it. It’s a cafeteria that’s actually pretty decent. They have a salad bar, wraps, sandwiches, a grill, pizza, pasta, sushi, everything. And a lot of it is made to order. And you can’t beat the location. If you have the time, it’s so nice to sit outside next to the river and eat. Even if you sit inside, the view is still great.
As far as the CFD boat, I hope it wasn’t called in to either of these restaurants or to 300 North LaSalle!
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