Restrictions in Effect After Hundreds of Looters Target Stores in Downtown Chicago and Other Neighborhoods Overnight; 100 Arrested, 13 Police Injured

Hundreds of looters targeted businesses in the Mag Mile and River North areas late Sunday into early Monday, clearing out stores as 100 people were arrested and 13 police officers injured during skirmishes throughout the night.

Following a night of looting and rioting mostly in downtown Chicago, temporary restrictions were put in place. The limits are not a curfew, and residents, employees can still enter in the restricted area.




The City of Chicago’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated to respond to the multiple public safety incidents, looting and property damage that occurred very early this morning. The EOC is coordinating efforts with various city department and sister agencies on the response.

The city will be deploying more than 100 infrastructure assets citywide that will be strategically positioned by the Chicago Police Department to protect neighborhood commercial corridors and critical businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

In addition, access to the downtown area will be temporarily restricted beginning this evening from 8 p.m.–6 a.m. The restricted access to the downtown area is NOT a curfew. All residents, essential workers and employees whose businesses are located downtown will have access at all times. As part of the restricted access, the following measures will be in place until further notice:

Lake Shore Drive will be closed between:

Fullerton Avenue on the North and I-55 on the South

Downtown Bridges:
All Bridges will be up by 8 p.m. with the exception of the following:

LaSalle Street
Harrison Street
Ida B. Wells / Congress Bridge (West Bound Open Only)
Lake Shore Drive
Columbus Avenue
Kinzie Street
Grand Avenue

Access Points for residents and employees of area businesses:

Harrison Street
Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street
Roosevelt Road and Canal Street
Kinzie Street and Halsted Street
LaSalle Street

Expressway Closures:

All Ramps from Roosevelt Road to Division Street will be closed in both directions.

CTA:

Rail Service will be impacted at the following locations, with trains not entering the area surrounding downtown: Fullerton Avenue to 47th and east of Halsted Street
Bus Service will remain open at this time. Some buses will see reroutes due to bridge and street closures.
CDOT

Divvy Service will not be available from North Avenue to Ashland Avenue and Cermak Road between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Access points are designated for residents, essential workers and employees whose businesses are located within the designated boundaries, individuals who reside in the surrounding area and residents engaged in essential activities.

Entrance into the perimeter will be manned by officers with the Chicago Police Department. When arriving at the access points, residents and employees should show identification or proof that they live in the area and/or work in the area.




Lightfoot vs Foxx

Following the looting Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the following statement, “I call upon our state’s attorney and our courts to make sure that these individuals who are arrested and those to come are held accountable. Put your best people on this.”

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, on the defense, said that “the notion that people believe that they are somehow empowered because people weren’t prosecuted for looting back in the wake of the unrest beginning is simply untrue.”

Thousands were arrested at the end of May and the beginning of June 2020, but only 300 were arrested for demonstration-related Felony Cases. Of those 300, there were 270 approved for State’s Attorney charges. All of the cases are still pending because of delays in the court system because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants the people responsible for a coordinated looting spree to be prosecuted.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx faced criticism from downtown business owners, the police superintendent and her political rivals Monday over her approach to prosecuting people arrested during unrest in Chicago.

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