Chicago, Illinois -- The Windy City Megathread Chicago, Illinois -- The Windy City Where cool stuff happens. [SIZE=+1]Next Monthly Protest Info[/SIZE] For the latest info, keep your eyes peeled on the latest posts in this thread and on the local Chicago forums. Date: Saturday, January 9th, 2010 Location: Millennium Park, at the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Madison St. There is also a little talk about possibly going to or near the org building at 3011 N. Lincoln Ave later. Time: There may be a few earlybirds out around 11 a.m., but usually the majority of the group does from roughly noon until 3 p.m. Feel free to come or leave whenever you want, of course. Newcomers are welcome! Drop by and say hi to us and see if you want to stay for a little while. No commitment, no billion-year contracts here. Millennium Park meeting spot: [SIZE=+1]What to do[/SIZE] - Hold signs - Hand out fliers - Talk to people - Dance like a fool - Do fun stuff - Be awesome [SIZE=+1]What not to do[/SIZE] - Write on the Millennium Park walkways with chalk - Use amplified sound of any sort. This means no megaphones and boomboxes. - Accidentally clog up the walkways - Obscure park architecture with signs or whatever - Leave garbage, drinks, discarded signs, etc. behind after the protest - Be a stupid dick [SIZE=+1] Stuff you should consider bringing[/SIZE] - Mask, disguise, and/or costume to conceal your identity - Sign and/or fliers to help get the word out. If you don't wanna lug your own, we usually have people who show up with lots of extra signs and fliers for you to use. - Camera (video or still) to capture interesting stuff. Chicago often has an amazing photographer that comes out with us too. - Other things to pass out, like candy, flowers, whatever. - A drink, and maybe a straw if you wanna sip it without removing your disguise - Anything you need for the weather (sunblock, long underwear, umbrella, rain boots) [SIZE=+1]Common Questions[/SIZE] How many people do you usually get? Lately, about a dozen or so. Are masks/disguises legal in Chicago? They sure are, as Chicago's anti-mask law was repealed in 2001. Usually there is no problem at all with them, and there has never been an issue with them at Millennium Park. At other locations, there has been the occasional bump along the way. On a few occasions, Chicago police have demanded that people either demask completely or use only half-masks (bandanas, ski masks, surgical masks, scarves). One time they even insisted on this despite them being presented with a copy of the law at the time. So if the protest is someplace besides Millennium Park, you may want to considering carrying a backup disguise. When should I put on my disguise? Wherever you want, but generally if you want to be extra safe, we recommend putting it on a little distance away before arriving. You may also want to get clearly away from the protest spot before removing it. Do you get handlers in Chicago? We haven't had handlers at Millennium Park in a very long time. This is in contrast with when we visit the Scientology building, where it's not uncommon that they run out and try to take our pictures at some point. But in any case, you never know, so be ready to be photographed. Help, there's a guy with a ponytail taking our pictures! That's not a question. Anyway, if you see a guy with impressive-looking photography equipment, a ponytail, and a face that has an expression like :}, then don't freak out! He's our photographer friend. How should I get to the protest site? Public transportation is generally a very good idea when possible. If you're from out of town, there are a ton of train lines going right into the heart of Chicago. You can also take the CTA elevated train, subway, or bus right into the Loop. If you're driving, be aware that Scientologists and private investigators have been known to follow people to their cars and take pictures of people's license plates to identify people. Not saying it's likely to happen, but it's not impossible either. Got any other questions? Ask away. For more info, please keep an eye on the local Chicago forums and in the latest posts of this thread (towards the end). Have fun!