New Winter Headquarters For Occupy Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Occupy Chicago has found a place to hunker down for the winter.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, the group is leasing two units on the fifth and seventh floors of the Riverfront Work Lofts, at 500 W. Cermak Rd.

Occupy Chicago has told the Chicago Tribune that it will use the units to consolidate operations in a single area, as well as meet and organize. Currently, members of the group typically meet separately and come together later, spokesman Joshua Kaunert told the newspaper.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports

With the new space, Occupy Chicago will be able to draw more people to meetings and events in the winter, and committees will be able to collaborate more easily, the Tribune reported.

The building, located on the eastern edge of the Pilsen neighborhood, used to house the Thompson & Taylor Spice Co. It also houses numerous other businesses, including art and recording studios and a self-defense academy, the Tribune reported.

Occupy Chicago will take over 3,400 square feet on the fifth floor, and 2,500 feet on the seventh.

The protesters will use the units only for office space, and not for overnight lodging, the Tribune reported.

The first Occupy Chicago general assembly at the facility will be held Friday evening. Occupy members will meet at Jackson Boulevard and LaSalle Street at 7 p.m., and head to the group’s space afterward.

A news conference to unveil the space officially is set for Saturday.

  • inalienablewrights

    I congratulate “Occupy” for getting off the couch -which is more than most Americans seem capable of doing. But I have my reservations about the group:

    I am wondering if “Occupy” is still a group with socialist goals that seem to strangely be the same as those of wall street?

    Have you recognized that the federal reserve is your enemy?

    What about the federal government that enables wall street to do everything that it does?

    Have you considered an occupy the fed or occupy the government?

    Perhaps that would not be tolerated by the powers that be because that would be getting too close to the heart of the problem.

    Good luck occupy. I hope you some day identify the real problems because that is the first step in solving them.


    I was hoping these pathetic Losers would all go home and call it a day. I was hoping they would all go back to mom and dad’s basement and then go get a damn job, any job. Hopefully they will evetually realize that the majority of the 99% is not behind them!!!

    • inalienablewrights

      Which is unfortunate because a majority of the 99% are too stupid to see what is headed down the railroad tracks towards them.

      Occupy has it’s faults because it has been subverted and directed by the 1%, but at least they are aware that all is not well and we had better damm well be doing something about it.

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