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Occupy Chicago Now Occupies Pilsen Loft Space

By aaroncynic in News on Jan 20, 2012 5:20PM

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After months of working without a centralized location, Occupy Chicago secured an indoor space in Pilsen to begin coordinating winter and spring actions. The group inked a lease for space in the Riverfront Work lofts on 500 W. Cermak, a space which also houses art and recording studios.

In a message on their website, Occupy Chicago stated they will host their first indoor General Assembly meeting tonight, and they plan on hosting an open house to the public (corporate media excluded) all day Saturday. The group hopes that the indoor space will give them a better opportunity to centralize and organize under one roof, rather than organizing events and actions in sporadic locations. In addition, they hope the open house and indoor space will provide an opportunity to recruit and welcome new members for future actions.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, spokesperson Joshua Kaunert said “It will be nice to consolidate everything into one location. We will have the ability to meet together and organize better, instead of meeting separately and coming together later.” Rent for the space is just above $5,000, which will come out of donations to Occupy Chicago over the past few months.