CHICAGO (CBS) — As the city futher eases restrictions set to slow the spread of COVID-19 and continues to recover from several days of violent protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, CBS 2 is providing updates on the evolving story.
Following racial conflict, Black and Latino communities held a peaceful protest and call for unity in Pilsen. But gunshots were heard after the rally.
A large group of protesters stood together in Dunbar Park, 300 E. 31st St., after marching from Chicago Public Safety Headquarters at 3510 S. Michigan Ave.
The group locked arms in front of a large police presence. They were calling for community control of police and the release of all protesters who have been arrested and taken to jail.
Protesters were marching on Division Street and Inner Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast. The protest was poised possibly to spill onto the Outer Drive.
The City of Aurora announced it is continuing its curfew restrictions, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and ending at 6 a.m. Thursday. Further, the City of Aurora said:
• All Interstate 88 entrances to Aurora will be closed during the curfew and no one will be permitted entry.
• Entrance into the downtown area of Aurora is prohibited during the curfew without residential or employment identification.
• Strict travel restrictions are in place at Fox Valley Mall, and residents are asked to avoid the area.
Protesters began a rally at Sheridan Road and Greenleaf Avenue, at the southern end of Loyola Park, in Rogers Park.
Demonstrators gathered in Evergreen Park to protest the death of George Floyd. The largely younger crowd stood in circles, holding signs and clapping for speeches. The crowd then began a march around a neighborhood and park.
Waukegan police said 50 businesses were looted during Sunday’s violence and 16 people were arrested, mostly for looting and disorderly conduct.
A caravan took protesters through streets in Logan Square on the city’s northwest side. They demanded justice for George Floyd, the immediate release of jailed protesters and for others who are incarcerated as COVID-19 continues to spread.
Hundreds of people gathered for a sit-in at a park in Batavia to protest the death of George Floyd. The demonstrators, many spread out on blankets, held signs and listed to music.
There are protests planned in the suburbs this afternoon, including Batavia (noon), Crystal Lake (4 p.m) and Lake Forest (3 p.m.). In Rogers Park in Chicago, there is a planned “Honk For Justice” car caravan planned for 4 p.m.
More protests in Chicago Wednesday morning following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. A community march in Little Village began at 26th and Albany.
As more businesses are allowed to reopen today, many are waiting, due to uncertaintly over COVID-19 infection rates and in the wake of last weekend’s violent protests that damaged hundreds of buildings and stores.
Starting this morning, Lake Shore Drive will open with the following exits remaining closed: Michigan Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Grand Avenue, Lower Wacker Drive and Randolph Street. All entrance and exit ramps on 290 and 90/94.
Metra service resumed on most lines but on a modified Sunday schedule with the last late night inbound train and last late night outbound train canceled. There will be no service on the SouthWest Service, Heritage Corridor or North Central Service lines.
Downtown Access To Be Restored Wednesday, With Some Restrictions Remaining https://t.co/kIOKxubOsb
— Ryan Baker (@RyanBakerMedia) June 3, 2020
The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew remains in effect until further notice.
CTA train and bus service will be restored, however, some train stops located within or near the designated boundaries in the central business eistrict and Loop area will remain closed. Closures impacting the morning rush are posted and will be updated regularly throughout the day at www.transitchicago.com.
Trains will bypass some downtown stations, including:
- Jackson (Red and Blue lines)
- Clark/Lake (Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple and Pink lines)
- State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Purple and Pink lines)
- Lake (Red Line)
- Grand (Red Line)
- Chicago (Red Line)
Bridges will be lowered over the Chicago River on the following streets: Clark Street, Dearborn Street, Lake Street, Randolph Street, Wells Street and Washington Street.
Divvy bike stations citywide will reopen beginning at 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.