haven't been in the area for a few months now but if you hang around the Occupy protest you might be able to find some kindred spirits (vanburen and lasalle i think? don't quote me on that) other than that you can sometimes find suitable places to squat up in northside (boystown, wrigleyville, edgewater) they're technically "safer" but that's always debatable. good luck, follow your intuition, and don't forget to bundle up! (even if chicago is having a record warm or whatever)
There are tons of abandoned buildings in Chicago though. I don't know much about squatting or specific places really, but it doesn't seem like it would be too hard in a city like this. I see a lot of abandoned industrial-looking buildings along the metra tracks coming down from the northern suburbs. Those are probably shitty places though because they're right a long the tracks so you'll probably be seen pretty easily and also I have no idea what kind of [potentially hazardous] stuff used to be made/was used in those buildings so I dunno, I personally would avoid them. Like I said I don't really know much about squatting, but I'm just throwing out ideas.
Sometimes when I'm in
HipstervilleWicker Park there are some Crusty Oogle types hanging around so you might be able to talk to those guys/girls and get some info?
The best thing about the NATO/G8 thing is the fact that it's in Chicago.
1. What the fuck were they thinking?
2. What the fuck were they fucking thinking?
3. Omg, thank you to whoever the fuck wasn't fucking thinking.
4. I am so excited to see friends I haven't seen in years.
5. Smash the state, etc etc.
7. Let's all make new friends!
I would have loved it if there was, "8. Seriously, what the fuck were they thinking?"