Several young activists dressed as zombies spent the night on the steps in front of City Hall to participate in the following day's City Council meeting.
Netroots was stocked with workshops about online activism and how the progressive movement aims to overcome recent attacks against working people by the GOP and it's extreme right-wing.
Dozens of students, calling themselves the "Anti-Pollution Revolution," from high schools in Chicago's mostly Mexican American neighborhood protested against local power plants.
Hundreds of school employees and supporters packed the meeting of the School Reform Commission to protest the district's announced 1,500 layoffs.
"Having a job helps youth mature and teaches responsibility."
Hundreds commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Newt Gingrich told assembled voters that young people should be required to take a poll test before being allowed to vote.
The Illinois version does not include a path to citizenship, but its seen as a move to counter some of the anti-immigrant measures being proposed nationwide.
Currently the number of youth who are unemployed, especially youth of color, has risen to a level not seen decades.
Critic's say McDonald's has trotted out a range of public relations and sales gimmicks aimed at "nutria-washing" its image to bolster its profits.