Occupy Chicago looking for place to set up camp

October 17, 2011

Michell Eloy

(AP/ Charles Rex Arbogast)
Occupy Wall Street protesters march in downtown Chicago earlier this month.

Organizers of the Occupy Chicago movement are looking for a place to set up tents and a make-shift headquarters as weather gets colder.

An Occupy Chicago spokesperson said Monday the group is looking for a permanent location where participants can stay and sleep as the protest continues.

Organizers have spent the past three weeks picketing in the Loop across the street from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, but due to city municipal ordinances, are not allowed to make camp at the location. This weekend, the Chicago Police Department said they arrested 175 protestors who sat in Grant Park after closing hours.

"We are looking for a more permanent home," said Megan Goves, a press liaison for the Occupy movement. "That is what we were attempting to do on Saturday night." 

Micah Philbrook, an Occupy Chicago organizer, said finding a site is essential as the number of protestors continues to grow.

"We want to have a tent city," said Philbrook. "We want to have a place that we can set up and start creating the change that we want to be in society, and so moving forward that's one of our main goals."

Philbrook said Grant Park would be an ideal location to camp, but that organizers are considering other downtown parks and even warehouses as potential sites. He said protesters will continue to assemble in front of downtown Chicago's Federal Reserve Bank with or without the camp site.