LOGAN SQUARE — If you saw military helicopters flying over Logan Square this week, it was because of President Donald Trump.
More specifically, it was a test run to prepare for Trump’s visit to Chicago on Monday, according to a spokeswoman for Trump’s office.
Neighbors took to social media Thursday, wondering why the helicopters were flying overhead.
At least one helicopter was spotted near Kimball and Fullerton avenues Thursday afternoon, but officials would not say where else they were dispatched or whether they will more test runs over the weekend. The spokesman declined to answer further questions.
Monday will be Trump’s first visit to Chicago as president. He’s visiting both for a fundraiser and the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference at McCormick Place. He’s scheduled to speak at the conference.
Large protests are being planned around Trump’s visit, including an 11:30 a.m. Monday rally outside Trump Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave.
Trump, who has routinely criticized Chicago for its gun violence, visited the city twice during his campaign, but neither event went as planned.
Trump canceled a March 2016 rally at the University of Illinois Chicago pavilion over safety concerns, prompting shoving and shouting matches as Trump supporters and protesters squared off.
Later that year, in September, he visited the Polish National Alliance in Sauganash. The alliance’s headquarters was spray-painted with graffiti directed at the president, but it had been cleaned by the time he arrived.
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