Thousands are expected to take over Grant Park Saturday, primarily calling on women, to unite in an effort to ‘March to the Polls’ for early voting in Illinois.
The purpose of Women’s March Chicago is to get individuals in the area fired up about the midterm elections and increase voter turnout, especially for those first-time voters.
From Grant Park, the march will head west on Jackson Boulevard to Dearborn Street and north on Dearborn to Federal Plaza.
Participants can enter the rally area either on Congress Parkway or Balbo Drive on Columbus Drive.
Those interested in voting will have an opportunity to split off to early voting sites until 5 p.m. for Chicago (175 W. Washington St.) and Cook County (69 W. Washington St.)
Commuters should be on the lookout as the following streets/roads will be closed until 6 p.m. Saturday: Columbus Drive from Monroe Street to Balbo Drive; Jackson Boulevard from Lake Shore Drive to Michigan Avenue; and Congress Parkway from Columbus to Michigan. Once the march commences, Michigan Avenue will be closed from Randolph Street to Congress Parkway.
According to organizers, “the event is a follow-up to the march held in January. As the assault on both women’s rights and democracy continues in this country, women and allies are more united than ever in their focus on the 2018 elections."