Some Chicagoans will risk baring it all on Go Topless Day, which returns to the city on Sunday, August 28. It's summer, you might as well #freethenipple while it's still warm out.
The national annual event takes issue with cities that enforce laws against women exposing their nipples, but have no problem when men do the same. It appears that Chicago is one of those places.
Last year, the city filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit over the right of women to go topless in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Sonoko Tagami, who is a passionate supporter of Go Topless Day. If you choose to go topless with other supporters along the lakefront this year, you could be arrested, ticketed for indecent exposure and ordered to pay more than $100 in fines.
This year’s protest falls just two days after Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the anniversary of when women earned the right to vote. To join the event, head to North Avenue Beach just north of the boathouse at 1pm on Sunday.
Despite the strong political tone, the event will be more of a celebration. As long as you wear an “opaque covering” on your nipples you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Perhaps you'll opt for glittery nipple tassels or colorful body paint? Either way, don’t forget your sunscreen, ladies.