Protesters argued in Thursday's appeal to city officials that they don't have legitimate grounds to deny the application after granting an identical permit for one day earlier back when the G-8 summit was going to be the main event of the weekend, organizer Andy Thayer said.
But after President Barack Obama moved the G-8 to Camp David, leaving only the North Atlantic Treaty Organization meetings on May 20-21, Thayer's group filed a new application seeking to move their march to Sunday. Other than the date, the application was identical.
The city denied that application, saying the NATO summit was several times larger than the G-8, and authorities would not have enough "on-duty" police to handle a march in the Loop while up to 50 heads of state are moving through the streets in motorcades.
The city offered alternate routes, but Thayer's group rejected them and filed an appeal.
"The city is committed to allowing his organization to express their First Amendment rights while balancing it with our obligation to keep the participants safe," city spokesman Roderick Drew said in a statement. "Unfortunately, we were unable to reach an agreement and Mr. Thayer will not accept the alternate route proposed by the city."
The city scheduled an appeal hearing for Tuesday.