This weekend is the NATO summit in Chicago. It’s a big deal, to say the least. All week long there have been protestors in The Loop and nearby my office. This photo was taken on Monday outside of the Prudential building, where Obama’s Chicago headquarters are located. Eight people were arrested. The Prudential building is 2 buildings away from the building my office is in.
Aside from the protesters, all week long we have had quite a show of military drills, fly bys and news copters. Remember the awesome view we have from the 40th floor? It’s a great view of air activity as well, we’re finding. A couple guys even have binoculars to get a close-up view of the action. (Check out the description of one of the drills here.)
Lucky for me, I am flying out tomorrow for a weekend in New York and I’m working from home on Monday, so I will hopefully miss most of the real action. This week has been enough!
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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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Yesterday at about 11:45 I walked through Daley Plaza and there were a ton of people setting up for a noon Tax Day Tea Party rally.
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