Chicago Memorial Day Weekend Beach Opening Interrupted at North Beach After Shot Fired

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PHOTO VIDEO MONTAGE: North Avenue Beach has been closed on Friday afternoon, after at least one shot was fired, sending visitors scrambling for cover (CBS Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Chicago’s North Avenue Beach was closed Friday afternoon, May 26, 2023 while police officers investigated a shots fire incident. Both the beach and the adjacent bike path were closed Friday afternoon.

CBS 2’s Asal Rezaei were assigned to a feature report covering the opening of beaches along Chicago’s lakefront for the Memorial Day weekend, when she and the CBS crew heard a shot fired about 1:30 p.m.

About 100 people scrambled for cover to avoid getting shot.

The gunshot apparently stemmed from a fight on the beach among a group of young males.

Initially, there were no reported injuries.

One person was taken into custody, and police were questioning people at the scene.

Police were checking people’s bags, and asked people to leave the beach after the shot was fired.


Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer, with barbeques, parades, and trips to the beach. Chicago’s 22 beaches officially opened for the season (through Labor Day) on Friday, May 26, 2023. YouTube Tips ⓘ



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