CHICAGO -- First it was the Dan Ryan Expressway, now anti-violence activists plan to shut down part of Lake Shore Drive.
The activists plan to march on Lake Shore Drive near Belmont Avenue and then march toward Wrigley Field at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2. The Chicago Cubs have a 7:05 p.m. home game that night against the San Diego Padres.
The group of community activists are protesting to address the on-going violence on the South and West sides. They said they are also marching for more economic investment in their communities.
Rev. Gregory Livingston, Coalition for New Chicago, said he hopes they have a large turnout. He said he wants enough people to block Lake Shore Drive, and enough to fill up Clark Street, and enough to disrupt the gates at Wrigley Field.
The activists said the mayor and police superintendant have failed to protect their communities. They want them out of office.
Earlier this month, St. Sabina Church pastor Rev. Michael Pfleger led a demonstration on the Dan Ryan Expressway to draw attention to crime, joblessness and poverty.
Pfleger posted on Facebook and said he has been getting calls and emails about the protest. He said he supports it, but said his protest on the Dan Ryan and the one planned for Lake Shore Drive are different. Organizers do not want any comparisons to made about the two events.
Chicago police released the following statement:
CPD works very hard to protect freedom of speech and right for public demonstration while simultaneously balancing safety needs of the community. In the coming days we will be meeting with event organizers to learn about specifics of the event and assess public and traffic safety impacts.
Protesters do not plan on trying to get into the stadium.
The Cubs did not comment on the protest.