CHICAGO — Organizers for Saturday’s Women’s March on Chicago were forced to nix plans for a march to Federal Plaza after an estimated 250,000 people came out for the rally ahead of the march.
The rally began at 9 a.m. at Jackson and Lake Shore Drive continued until about 1:30 p.m., but a planned march to Federal Plaza at 11:30 a.m. did not happen.
Organizers were expecting about 75,000 people for the march and rally, but many more joined the event.
Around11:15 a.m., police and organizers confirmed the event will only be a rally. Protesters spilled out into streets surrounding Grant Park, but are not part of any officially sanctioned demonstration.
Organizers say the event, which takes place a day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, is calling for a preservation of women’s and human rights during his presidency.
Michigan remains closed from Congress to Randolph until further notice, and Jackson and Van Buren will stay closed off as well.
Metra will be adding service with additional capacity on all lines with Saturday service. CTA will also be adding longer trains on the Blue, Brown, Green and Orange lines from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m.
CTA is also warning bus passengers to plan ahead because of reroutes around the street closures for the march.
Women’s March On Chicago Schedule:
8:30am Marchers are welcome to arrive onsite.
9:30 Pre-rally musical entertainment begins.
10 a.m. Our Speakers Rally begins, featuring speakers representing issues affecting women.
–CANCELLED–11:30 a.m. Marchers head west on Jackson to Dearborn, north on Dearbon to Federal Plaza (Adams).
Until 2 p.m. Jackson Boulevard west of Lake Shore Drive and Columbus will remain closed if marchers wish to informally congregate.