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Woman Challenges Chicago's Ban on Going Topless

The six-page lawsuit argues a Chicago ordinance prohibiting women from baring their chests violates the equal protection clause

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    The question of whether women have a right to go topless in public in Chicago is now a federal case.

    A lawsuit filed Wednesday on Sonoku Tagami's behalf in federal court in Chicago accuses the city of violating her constitutional rights by ticketing her at a "Go Topless Day" event along Lake Shore Drive this summer.

    The six-page lawsuit argues a Chicago ordinance prohibiting women from baring their chests violates the equal protection clause because men are allowed to go bare-chested in public.

    The complaint links to a video of a police officer ticketing Tagami and telling her to cover up. A Chicago administrative judge later ordered she pay $150.

    The lawsuit says Tagami wasn't ticketed during similar topless events in Chicago earlier.

    The city didn't have an immediate comment.