Sunday, November 24, 2013

VIDEO: Our Manpower-Sucking "Entertainment District"

Every weekend, we post a long list of fights that hogged our district's shrinking police resources, often preventing officers from responding forcefully and quickly to major problems like street robberies.

This weekend's list is below.

For a change, we thought we would share some videos. These are street brawls and batteries in Wrigleyville, just like the ones in our weekly lists.

The videography is poor. The videos are, of course, violent and they feature language that is definitely NSFW.

However, they will give you a good idea of what our officers are dealing with on a regular basis.

Here's one. And another. And a third. How 'bout this one?

In fact, you could just go HERE and see all of the YouTube results for "Wrigleyville Fight." Set aside an hour or two.

BATTERED AND FRIED
Here are this weekend's beatings and more from Chicago's grand "Entertainment District."

Saturday
12:56AM—Man calls from Starbucks at Clark & Belmont to report being punched in the face.

1:13AM—Officers witness a fight in front of Red Ivy, 3525 N. Clark.

1:55AM—Sluggers bar, 3540 N. Clark, is reportedly detaining a man who broke a window.

2:00AM—Clark Street bar at Clark and Halsted says patrons won't leave and they need the police to help.

2:08AM—A man says he was "attacked" by a doorman at Smart Bar, 3750 N. Clark. He calls a second time to say he's just going to leave.

2:14AM—Battery at F.O. Mahoney's 3701 N. Broadway.

2:33AM—F.O. Mahoney's says 3 white males are waiting outside for the employees to close up shop. Trio is dispersed.

2:45AM—"10 people" are reportedly fighting inside the always-lively Subway restaurant at 901 W. Belmont.

9:57PM—A man is reportedly beaten up and lying on the ground at Clark and Roscoe. Ambulance transports an "uncooperative drunk" to Illinois Masonic.

Sunday
12:08AM—Officers witness and break up a fight in the street outside of John Barleycorn, 3524 N. Clark.

2:34AM—10 men fighting at Pauly's Pizza, 3515 N. Clark.

3:00AM—"A CTA security guard" is drinking booze inside the Subway restaurant, 901 W. Belmont.

22 comments:

  1. a step in the right direction
    http://www.reddit.com/r/greatNWside/comments/1rdoql/do_you_want_more_police_officers_on_the_streets/

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  2. Wouldn't it be nice if they all just stayed in Orland Park instead of coming up here to cause trouble? I would like to know what percentage of the creatures that frequent the Clark Street bars live in the neighborhood.

    Clark Street has become as much a part of the problem as the Center On Halsted.

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    1. Yes, we should learn something from what was done years ago when prostitution was a huge problem in this neighborhood, back in the 70s and 80s. Photos of the Johns were published by Evergreen Foods, which was a fruit market, located at Belmont/Broadway where Walgreens is now. Embarrassed the Johns out of the neighborhood. We should publish photos of the drunks who cause so much trouble in Wrigleyville. Wherever these drunks are from, lets post their mugshots to blogs in their hometowns.

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    2. I agree. I don't know any locals who go to Clark Street bars. And even if they did, they would not be brawling. The brawlers are most likely punks from out of the neighborhood and out of the city.

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  3. Fact is, this is what a night out on the towns means to these people anymore. What with worldstarhiphop, YouTube, reality shows.....having a few drinks with your buddies then going your separate ways to get laid is so untrendy. What do they call that? The Irish Curse? Listen to the accents in that one video. They can't even perform if they get the chance anyway.

    It's kind of a Chicago thing too. You're not done drinking until somebody puked, passes out or starts a fight. Highly noticeable if you're not a native. Extend it a couple more hours til 4am or 5am to boot. NOT entertainment.

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  4. "I have never seen anything to make me think twice about my safety and/or well being."...Tim in Lakeview

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    1. u sure it was 'TIM" and not "TOM" who said that? a Tunney Propa-catchphrase if ever there was one, "dont look there, look over here"

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  5. I won't step food on Clark on Friday or Saturday night.

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  6. I am guessing that "Slugger's Bar" now has little connotation with baseball.

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  7. That last video is not Bacci in Wrigleyville, no matter what it is titled. I've been there and it does not look like that.

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    1. There were 2 Bacci locations in Wrigleyville until this past spring. The location in the video has closed. It was at 3515 N. Clark and is now called Pauly's Pizzaria.

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/04/wrigleyville-brawl-pizza-joint-goes-up_16.html

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    2. Thanks, I never knew that. I stand corrected.

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    3. No worries. One wouldn't expect there to be two locations so close together. Thanks for taking the time to comment. We appreciate your readership.

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    4. And when did this "no worries" common response become so prevalent? What TV shiw is thus from? I'm sure neither of you are worried about this simple exchange. The next time a waiter responds with "no worries" after thanking them for dropping off something at the table I won't worry about leaving a tip.

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    5. You asked for it...

      http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=599380

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    6. Almost as bad as the improper using of "as well" at the end of sentences. The media does this all the time, and it drives me nuts!

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    7. I also hate cashiers who say "Have a good day" instead of "Thank you" when I am paying for something.

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  8. This is constant on Friday and Saturday after 11:00 and getting worse. Its the dark side of wrigleyville that no one talks about. The media would just have to sit out there and let the cameras roll, but they won't . Any aspiring videographer would make a name for themselves. Friday, 12:00 to 02:30 and Saturday , 12:00 to 03:30 and you will run out of film. Winter is not as active as summer but "Katie bar the door this spring" Its a non story until someone gets shot or killed and that is inevitable.

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  9. Very depressing ...

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    Proposal to Hire More Cops Tabled in Budget Committee

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20131125/downtown/proposal-hire-more-cops-tabled-budget-committee

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  10. Any aspiring videographer will get their gear stolen.

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  11. Good article.
    It reminded me that the TBOX (Twelve Bar of Christmas) pub crawl is coming soon.
    An official 12 hour pub crawl. Last year the crowd was so big it forced Clark Street to be closed to vehicles and bus traffic. A fun loving crowd minus some broken store front windows and public urination. The highlight was the Perdue grad who randomly stabbed someone with a broken beer bottle.
    If you want to get read about Voulgaris and Tunney's promise last year to address the problem of this pub crawl, here's an article from last year:
    http://lakeview.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/tbox-organizers-launch-new-monthly-party-prep-for-beadquest
    Read it, hopefully it'll make it funnier when you read the same promises repeated this year.

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  12. It gets better http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/544/article/p2p-78344661/

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