The Great Chicago Ghost Town

It’s NATO weekend here in Chicago. Today marks the first day of the big cross-migration. The heart of the city has been simultaneously shutting down and receiving an influx of visitors. Some neighborhoods look like a ghost town, while others are packed with protesters and marchers.

Chicago’s Lower Michigan Avenue at Kinzie, NATO Friday morning rush hour

This is the usually busy corner of Lower Michigan Avenue and Kinzie during Friday’s rush hour. No cars. Nothing.

Parking bans went into effect at 5am this morning. Crews have been removing newspaper boxes, garbage cans and even the grates that cover the tree beds that line the sidewalks. No places to hide unsavory things. Nothing left that can be used as a weapon.

If you’re traveling on our local Metra Rail this weekend, no bags, purses or backpacks of any kind.

It’s going to be an interesting weekend.

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