Recently released permit applications show that at least eight different groups have applied to demonstrate during the week of the Democratic National Convention in late August.

The list may not be complete, as other city agencies, including the Chicago Park District and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, have yet to turn over data in response to NBC 5 Investigates’ Freedom of Information Act requests.

With less than two months to go before national attention turns to the DNC, several groups are filing a lawsuit against the city of Chicago over denied permit applications.

In court documents, the city expressed concern that many of the parade’s permit applications were “duplicative” and that the turnout of thousands of protesters in Chicago’s streets would require “several hundred” additional police officers to effectively provide security.

In documents released to NBC 5 Investigates this week, we saw the word “objection” written in red ink on several permit applications.

When asked if someone from CDOT or another municipal agency had made these notes, a CDOT spokeswoman responded in an email:

“According to the municipal code, applications for a parade permit are reviewed by multiple departments of the city to identify potential conflicts and safety concerns and to assess the availability of resources needed to support the gathering. When a permit is denied, the applicant will be provided with an alternate route that will allow the parade to proceed, taking into account police resources, security, safety and other additional factors. Each application submitted is reviewed based on the specific details of the proposed routes and all events occurring concurrently in the city.”

Among those who have applied for a permit through CDOT are:

  • Bodies outside unjust laws
  • American Palestinian Community Network
  • Campaign for economic human rights of poor people
  • Students for a Democratic Society at UIC
  • Israeli-American Council
  • Reparations for Descendants of Enslaved Africa
  • March for the People’s Agenda
  • Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

“I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say that 40,000 or even 50,000 people will be left out of the DNC,” said Liz Rathburn of Students for a Democratic Society at UIC.

The question of where groups can protest is not just a point of contention in Chicago.

Protesters in Milwaukee, where the Republican National Convention is being held later this month, appeared in court on Wednesday — waging their own legal battle over where they would be allowed to gather.

Rathburn said their group’s attorneys are now in confidential negotiations with the city.

“If we can get within sight and hearing, we’ll be pretty happy. The city has refused to negotiate with us on those issues for a long time. Now that we’re in negotiations. I think we can have a safe, family-friendly, well-organized march and rally for the 40,000 people who will be here in Chicago in August.”

Details about the security perimeter around the United Center, where the DNC will be held, are expected to be made public later this month. Groups still locked in a lawsuit with the city of Chicago are also challenging a city ordinance that would allow the city to create additional security zones beyond those approved by the U.S. Secret Service.