ACLU of Illinois

Know Your Rights: Freedom of expression in Chicago
March 15, 2012

Can the City of Chicago bar all protests?

No, the right to protest in public places is a fundamental right protected by the United States and the Illinois Constitutions. The protection of this right extends to large groups with hundreds of supporters and massive organization, as well as small, community based groups, and also solitary, individual protesters. You cannot be denied the right to protest because of the nature of your message. You may have to secure a permit in order to protest in some spaces and you can be denied the right to protest in a fashion that blocks or disrupts vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

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