More than 1,000 protesters marched from Wrigleyville to Uptown, including a brief walk along Lake Shore Drive. The group had gathered at the Belmont CTA station and planned to walk to Stewart School Lofts, an elementary school that was converted into luxury apartments.
While chanting “no justice, no peace” and “black lives matter,” the large group stopped to take a knee and raise a fist at Montrose Avenue and Clark Street. The demonstration later featured speakers, a spoken word poet, and group chanting. Organizers asked white protesters to move to the back to make room for black participants up front.
The organizers asked for a peaceful protest and said anyone throwing things, antagonizing police or using hate speech will be asked to leave. The peaceful protest dispersed around the 9 p.m. curfew, but hours later police said stores in the area were being looted.