Planned protest will shut down Chicago highway

Three groups have partnered to schedule a shutdown of a major interstate in Chicago.

The groups, the Chicago Activist Coalition for Justice, Tikkun-Chai International, and Pilsen-Humboldt Park Anti-Gentrification Group, created a Facebook event called “Black Lives Matter March: SHUT DOWN OUR DAN RYAN.”

The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 15, at 12:00pm.

The groups want 25,000 people to attend the shutdown. To date 1,800 people have indicated they plan to attend.

According to the Facebook event, the groups want to shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway, beginning at Garfield 55th.

According to Wikipedia, “the Dan Ryan Expressway is a freeway in Chicago that runs from the Circle Interchange with Interstate 290 (I-290) near Downtown Chicago through the South Side of the city. It is designated as both I-90 and I-94 south to 66th Street, a distance of 7.44 miles (11.97 km). South of 66th Street, the freeway meets the Chicago Skyway, which travels southeast; the I-90 designation transfers over to the Skyway, while the Dan Ryan Expressway retains the I-94 designation and continues south for 4.03 miles (6.49 km), ending at an interchange with I-57. This is a total distance of 11.47 miles.”