Chicago NATO Protests

This Storify is an archive of social media coverage from the NATO summit protests, dating back to early April. The focus is on the protests on May 20-21. Violence broke out between police and protesters after the May 20 protest. The May 21 protest focused on Boeing's downtown Chicago headquarters.


  1. May 20 Protests

  2. After a peaceful march by protesters and Iraq war veterans from Grant Park to McCormick Place, Chicago Police and protesters, spurred on by the anarchist group Black Bloc, clashed when the crowd failed to disperse after the protest. This is a summary of video, tweets and stories by Red Line Project staff, along with eyewitness accounts tweeted by protesters, media and others on-site.
  3. Violence After Protest Outside McCormick Place
  4. Protest Gets Out of Hand After NATO Veterans March
  5. Monday May 21: Boeing Protest

  6. The final day of the NATO summit included protests by demonstrators in front of the Chicago headquarters of Boeing, which manufactures many military aircraft. The protests were largely peaceful -- one reported arrest -- following a day of clashes between police and protestors outside McCormick Place. After the Boeing protest, a group of protestors marched through the city, stopping at various spots for small rallies. One target was Obama's campaign headquarters.