You can see a complete list of NATO protests at natoprotest.org, but here are the weekend's highlights.
National Nurses United: Chicago Rally to Protest the Global 1%
When: Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.
Where: From Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St., to Daley Plaza
What: Features Tom Morello, former guitarist for Rage Against the Machine
Crime Busting March on Chicago’s Climate Crooks
When: Friday, May 18, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Daley Plaza
What: “March with the NATO Environmental Justice Alliance around the Chicago Loop as we issue warrants for arrest of the corporations and government organizations responsible for destabilizing our climate!”
Healthcare not Warfare! Take the Fight to Rahm’s House
When: Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.
Where: From Horner Park, corner of Irving Park Road and California Street, to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house, 4228 N. Hermitage Ave.
What: A protest against the city’s closing of public health clinics.
When: Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.
Where From Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park to McCormick Place, site of the NATO summit.
What: The big, permitted rally against economic inequality, militarism and NATO involvement in Afghanistan.
Shut Down Boeing
When: Monday, May 21, 12 a.m.
Where: 100 N. Riverside Plaza
What: A protest against Chicago-based Boeing Airlines, the city’s largest military contractor.
Protest NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander
When: Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m.
Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
What: A protest against Adm. James G. Stavridis’s address on “NATO After Chicago: The Alliance and It's Role In Global Security.”
In addition, the police website Second City Cop has more protest details than the demonstrators will reveal or the city will admit to:
-- After the Nurses United March on Friday, “there is going to be an even larger, unscheduled and non permit march through out all of downtown with no planned route.. obviously to screw up friday rush hour traffic... they are encouraged to “make as much noise as possible.”
-- There may be an attempt “to protest and infiltrate the first pitch at the Cubs/White Sox game Friday night because NATO general John Allen will be throwing out the first pitch at the game.” (This event is listed on the NATO Protest website, but no action is specified.
-- The anarchist Black Bloc will be marching in the main protest group on Sunday. “A day they are calling on for ‘chaos’ and disorder in Chicago. (The Black Bloc says it will gather at the Petrillo Band Shell from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. “We aim to keep this action peaceful,” the group says, “but ANY attempt at violent dispersal or unjust arrest will be repulsed with our shields, bodies and hands.”)