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March to Springfield Kickoff Event

  • James R. Thompson Center 100 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL, 60601 United States (map)

Join us in downtown Chicago for the March to Springfield kickoff event! We will be gathering at the Thompson Center at noon to celebrate the dedication of our through-marchers as they begin their 200-mile journey to Springfield. There will be live music, the chance to hear from our through-marchers about their stories, and a send-off event. 


11:30 AM - Pre-party and Preludes, featuring musical performances from...

Ace da Vinci
August Hotel

12:00 PM - Main stage event, featuring the stories of our through-marchers, testimonies of our struggles, our hopes for the future, and a sending forth as we begin the MARCH TO SPRINGFIELD!

12:50 PM - the March to Springfield begins! We invite everyone to march the first mile with us. If you are able, you are also welcome to join us for the complete first day march to Pulaski and Archer (about 8 miles). 

Join the first part of the March to Springfield and support the through-marchers on the first leg of their journey. Come be a part of the March to Springfield for a People and Planet First Budget!

**Notes on Accessibility**
- We will offer live ASL and Spanish interpretation. Interpreters will be on the left side of the stage. Please come up front to the right side of the stage to get a headset (for Spanish interpretation) and to be able to see the ASL interpreter.
- We’ll have a designated wheelchair area and seats near the front for folks who can’t stand for a whole hour, and volunteers on-hand to help with accessibility needs. 
- Wheelchair accessible train stops are: Clark & Lake (Blue, Pink, Green, Brown, Orange, Purple), Lake (Red)
- As noted above, after the program, we invite everyone to march the first mile with us. We will be marching in the street, which is mostly flat along our route through downtown. The remaining 8 miles of the Day 1 march will happen mostly on the sidewalks of Archer Ave, which can be narrow and uneven at times.
- The event will be broadcast live on if you’re unable to join in person.