Saturday, September 14, 2013

SIDETRACKED: Robbed At Gunpoint Outside Popular Halsted Street Club

A man was robbed at gunpoint on Halsted Street as bar hoppers enjoyed Friday night's final hour of bar service.

Officers responded to 3349 N. Halsted, the location of Boystown's legendary video bar, Sidetrack at 1:25 this morning.

There, a victim reported that two males, black, one armed with a black handgun, took his cell phone and wallet. Both offenders wore black jeans and gray jackets. They were last seen headed southbound on Halsted Street.

CPD case #HW451090

This robbery is in addition to three other gunpoint robberies that took place in nearby Wrigleyville and the Southport corridor overnight.
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17 comments:

  1. This has really have to be hurting these places business. Go out in Boystown and get mugged right in front Rosecoe's and Sidetrack. Out of control.

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  2. Let's face it, Sidetrack was a big player in the OUT hotel project, and now that the Alderman has given it a "thumbs down" maybe Mr. Johnson will break his silence on the devastating crime problem right oustide his front door (or huge, open to the street facade...wait until some thugs burst in and go after patrons right in the damn place). The bar owners have played see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil, and considering that the alderman has rebuffed a development project that would have greatly benefitted them, the cozy relationship might not be so warm.

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  3. The OUT hotel project should take place in Andersonville, that's pretty much the new "gay" location for Chicago. Much safer there and a lot more to do.

    Anyone that's lived in Lakeview for the past several years has got to realize that it began dying a few years ago. You used to see tons of people on the streets at all hours, especially on Halsted. Now it's pretty empty most of the time except for the thugs.

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  4. It is amazing to me Sidetrack has all the gay power yet when it comes to crime they are silent. Lucky Horseshoe, Roscoes, MiniBar, Sidetrack, Scarlet and Spin need to come together and get a detail for that part of the strip. They know business is down it's because none of us want to get robbed. They all like getting their name in the Windy City Times for good public relations but they have yet to address crime between Belmont to Halsted. I'll take my money to other areas of the City where I have less odds of getting robbed at gunpoint. I wish I didn't even live in Lakeview at this point. Rahm said crime is down on Letterman. It is because no cops on the beats to get to all the calls.

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  5. Anyone that's lived in Lakeview for the past several years has got to realize that it began dying a few years ago. You used to see tons of people on the streets at all hours, especially on Halsted. Now it's pretty empty most of the time except for the thugs.
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    I have lived here a long time and that is so true. The OUT hotel was just a way of not talking about why the Halsted it dying. It's the crime primarily. Followed by the attitude of the staffs at these places. Heck, Equality Illinois moved.

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    1. Social change is a factor, too. But three years of out of control robberies, and the terrible publicity that generates among Halsted's core clientele cannot be understated. Every person who gets robbed tells a number of people and those people quickly tell more people in the customer base. It didn't take long for word to get around: someone you know got robbed in Boystown.

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  6. It's a shame that Sidetrack doesn't focus as much attention on fighting crime as it does on boycotting some stupid Russian vodka.

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  7. A powerful force could be made if the Halsted businesses and residents came together to fight the thugs out of our neighborhood. All you hear is silence from the majority of them and the Windy City Times just keeps on printing marshmallow fluff stories.

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  8. You need to organize a massive one weekend boycott of all businesses like what happens in other countries. If dying a slow death really got noticed don't you think something would have been done about the Aral Sea a long time ago before it dried up? You have to thoroughly shock the business community into action by showing them what the future will be. Receipts down 5% YoY isn't the same as receipts down 50%, 60%, 70%... Pick a weekend & do it.

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  9. "The OUT hotel project should take place in Andersonville, that's pretty much the new "gay" location for Chicago. Much safer there and a lot more to do.

    Anyone that's lived in Lakeview for the past several years has got to realize that it began dying a few years ago."

    Well since Andersonville is the new Gay Mecca of Chicago, the OUT hotel project should definitely go there...along with the Center, The Night Ministry, The Crib and Broadway Youth Center.

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  10. You have to take back the streets, the police are just not around, if you see a robbery or someone getting beat up run in the bar and call for help. Everyone inside the bar should come to help you are still all men fight for your streets your right to go out and have fun. Once these thugs start seeing crowds fighting back they will think twice about who should be there next victim, make the thug robber the victim make him think twice about even coming to boystown to prey on us again. Lets all take a stand there are more of us then them. Unite and take back our Halsted street........

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  11. Rather than mocking Andersonville and wishing for all of our trash to be there, the community and business owners should embrace what Andersonville has done to attract businesses and keep the people safe.

    We've let our neighborhood be taken over by the thugs. King Rahm or Tunney aren't going anywhere and obviously aren't going to help us, so we need to oversee the community and run the thugs out of dodge.

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  12. Trouble with Andersonville is that it is no place for a tourist to stay except Heart'O'Chicago, which is not as nice as Days Inn or Best Western. It is also not very walkable to gay venues that tend to be in the 5000-5200 and 6300-6400 range on Clark.

    Where that motel is, at 5900, is also quite a food desert as far as restaurants go. I do not like the Bryn Mawr or Thorndale "L" stations either.

    What is does have going for it is Hollywood Beach.

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  13. "We've let our neighborhood be taken over by the thugs."

    We haven't allowed it. The residents can't be blamed for this. This was caused by the failure of our political system and social service agencies run amok. The new location of Broadway Youth Center was approved without the neighboring residents even knowing. Our police force was reduced with no back up system put into place. Those aren't things can't be laid to rest at the feet of the areas residents.

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  14. Thank you for this blog. I had no idea how dangerous Boystown/Wrigleyville had become. I'm in the process of buying a condo and will most definitely stay away.

    What a shame that such a, once great area has gone to hell. Why the police, mayor, alderman, etc, allow this to happen is beyond me.

    I would suggest boycotting Tunney's restaurant. Ann Sathers, is it?

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  15. Lets be correct, Roscoe, Sidetrack, Progress, Replay, Halsted, Mini Bar, Scarlet, Spin ETC...they all need to get off there A_ _ and do something, All the bars can pay for private private police to patrol the area, CAMERAS They do it on Michigan Ave, LOYAL, DEPAUL AND U OF C AREA, they can do it in boys town. The same people own all the bars and they are not concerned about crime, They are concern about the monies that they take in.

    The crime has been going on for many years, and nothing was done. its up to the owners of the gay bars to stop the crime; because the boys and girls are already going other places. they boycott russian drinks but the need to learn to take care of who pays there bills = the client.

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  16. Hi Debbie, yes, Ann Sathers is Tunney's restaurant. And yes, we do need to boycott his restaurant.

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