Walk the Walk when you march

Take a few minutes and plan ahead to march with a big impact but a small footprint.

There will be a lot of people at lots of marches– all around the world– so every individual decision about transportation, food, waste and supplies will contribute to a big, collective impact– with our words and our actions.

Let’s all add to something good!

reduce waste

bring a water bottle

  • walking, talking, singing and chanting– you will get thirsty

bring snacks

  • pack some food, so you don’t have to stop to buy take out with lots of packaging.
    • consider bringing enough to share, with people you meet (whether they are marching or asking for help along the route)

pack it in, pack it out

  • there are going to be a lot of people, and the recycling bins and trash cans will fill up quickly, so plan to carry your recyclables and garbage with you

getting to a march in chicago

take transit to the loop


use the cta map and website to plan your route to Federal Plaza

the el:  red or blue line (jackson stop); orange or brown line (harold washington library stop); pink, green or purple line (adams/wabash stop)

cta bus:  1,3,4,6,7,26,28,126,143,147 along michigan ave

commuter trains

use the rta trip planner to find your route to ogilvie, union and millenium stations

use the south shore line trip planner to plan your trip from indiana to millenium station

ride a bike

  • find out about bike sharing divvy bikes and stations
  • if you ride your own bike, lock it to a bike rack not a tree (city trees have a hard life, spare them extra scrapes and damage from bike locks)


  • share the ride with a friend (or two or three or more)
  • use the most fuel efficient vehicle you can

making a sign

use what you have

women’s march in chicago 1/21/17
  • use a big piece of cardboard from a cardboard box
  • make a banner from an old sheet or fabric
  • write on a file folder for an easy to carry, easy to hold sign
  • turn your old scientific poster presentation into a sign
  • salvage seamless paper from a photo studio– there are so many creative possibilities
  • make a handle out of paper towel tubes, rolled up newspaper or a broom handle

use sustainable materials

  • use recycled paper
  • use non-toxic markers & paint (use washable supplies that are designed for kids; permanent ink isn’t needed)
  • paper is better than foam– use cardboard or posterboard instead of foamcore

reusing signs

use your sign for another event

  • there’s certain to be another rally or march in the near future….
  • trade signs with friends if you don’t want to carry the same sign again

post your sign

Save your sign– for inspiration beyond the march
  • put up your sign in your lab, classroom, field stations, dorm, etc

pass your sign on

  • give your sign to someone who’s sticking around longer