Monday, June 29, 2015

PRIDE?: Two Stabbed, Others Robbed In Post-Parade Mayhem; 52 Arrests

Knots of crime scene tape remain on Aldine Avenue near Broadway.
NOTE: Updated with official arrest count at 11:55AM June 29.
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Two people were stabbed and at least two others were robbed during post-Pride Parade mayhem in the Boystown area Sunday night and early Monday morning.

CWB estimates that 17 people were arrested while the parade was in progress and at least 20 more were arrested in the hours following the event. (Late Monday,  Chicago police announced that they made 52 arrests in connection with the Pride Parade,  a 20% increase over last year,  according to the Windy City Times. )

The first stabbing took place around 11PM Sunday near 1030 Belmont. A 24-year-old man told police that a stranger stabbed him multiple times and then ran away. The victim went to Weiss Hospital under his own power and his condition was stabilized. Hospital staff summoned police to take a report around 12:30 this morning. No one is in custody.

Thirty minutes after the first stabbing, another 24-year-old man was stabbed three times during an altercation at Halsted and Aldine. The victim fled and hid near dumpsters behind an apartment building one block away. An ambulance took the victim to Illinois Masonic Medical Center where his condition was also stabilized.

On the robbery front, a man was robbed at gunpoint by two offenders in the 1200 block of Newport shortly before 1 o’clock this morning. The victim described the attackers as one black man in his mid-20’s with a light complexion who had facial hair and wore a blue hoodie with baggy pants. The second person is described as a six-foot-tall man dressed as a woman. The pair displayed a small semi-automatic handgun and escaped with the victim’s wallet and phone.

The next robbery was reported around 1:45AM in the 3400 block of Sheffield. There, witnesses reported that at least one man was robbed by a group of offenders.

Organizers' promises of a shortened event fell flat as the parade lasted more than 4-1/2 hours from start to finish.

Here are the “highlights” of the Pride Parade taken from Chicago Police Department radio traffic.   NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF ACTIVITY, ONLY SELECT INCIDENTS. SOME WERE CHOSEN TO INFORM, OTHERS TO ENTERTAIN. 

10:46AM — Smoke has completely filled Melrose Restaurant at Melrose and Broadway. The smoke began pouring through vents after roofing contractors departed. The small fire is ruled accidental and Melrose is operating normally hours later.

11:30AM — Oh, hey! We’re missing barricades along the parade route on Diversey and Clark.

11:44AM — A car with an “elderly driver” just ran into the barricades at Broadway and Surf. (Remember this for later.)

11:48AM — First EMS run of Pride 2015: A woman having an allergic reaction to peanuts.

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11:55AM — “The crowd is controlling the [access] gates. We need officers controlling the gates,” opines the deputy police chief who’s charge of the CPD’s parade operation.

12:02PM — The first parade unit has entered the route. (The parade will not end for another 4 hours and 40 minutes.

12:06PM — Battery in progress at Halsted and Cornelia per officers on-scene.

12:08PM — Trivia: 206 vehicles have been ticketed and towed from the parade route. Their destination: A city impound lot over six miles away. Happy Ubering!

12:38PM — Traffic aide having labor pains on the route.

1:13PM — One hour and eleven minutes after it began, the first parade entry is crossing the finish line. (But the last float won't pass this point for another 3+ hours.)

1:16PM — “The group with the motorcycles just caused a 2-block gap [in the parade]. Have the parade marshals get ‘em moving!”

1:23PM — EMS to Halsted and Waveland for the “highly intoxicated male falling all over everybody.” Female passed out. Montrose/Broadway. Man down. Buckingham/Halsted. 30-year-old man down. Montrose/Broadway. And NOW, a woman’s unconscious at Buckingham and Halsted.

1:33PM — “The parade’s over [at Montrose and Broadway] and civilians are taking over the street!”

1:35PM — Never mind. Those aren’t civilians. It’s just the rest of the parade. (The parade will not end at Montrose and Broadway until 3:13PM.)

1:44PM — Protesters within the parade stage a “die in” at Addison and Halsted, blocking the parade path. Police estimate 25 protesters are involved.

1:49PM — Protesters are given their first order to disperse.

1:52PM — Six protesters who did not disperse are taken into custody. Parade continues.

2:05PM — One arrest for battery. 4200 Broadway.

2:07PM — Two arrests. 611 Briar.

2:14PM — EMS to Clark/Diversey for the female passed out by the porta-potties.

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2:20PM — Officers need help with the crowd. Broadway and Belmont.

2:23PM — Officers need help controlling the crowd. 3100 block of Broadway.

2:35PM — Two arrests for battery at Diversey and Pine Grove.

2:40PM — Oh, hey! Remember that car that drove into barricades at Broadway and Surf this morning? Well, it’s now driving up the parade route from Addison. Police and fire personnel are trying to stop it. One cop and one EMS worker are slightly injured. FULL STORY HERE. (UPDATE JUNE 29: VIDEO OF MAN BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY HERE)

2:48PM — Broadway and Wellington for the “woman who popped a knee.”

2:50PM — Overdose. 4300 Broadway.

3:03PM — “Man fell and broke his nose.” Montrose/Broadway.

3:50PM — Tell the street sweepers to “just do a cursory sweep…it doesn’t have to be sparkling clean.”

3:59PM — Chief: “HOLD THE STREET!” Don’t let civilians take over the street after the parade.  Someone who knows what’s up: “There’s not enough police to hold the street!”

4:00PM — Dispatcher (looking at camera footage): “Oh, my. They really DID take the streets over.”

4:01PM — 15th arrest made.

4:16PM — 16th arrest. Halsted/Briar.

4:27PM — Officer reports  a bunch of  “young people doing drugs in the porta-potties” behind Circle K. Addison/Halsted.

4:38PM — People having sex by the garbage bins. 918 Montrose.

4:42PM — The last float has crossed the finish line! Viewing the entire parade at this location would have been a 3-hour, 29-minute ordeal.

4:43PM — 17th arrest. 3607 Fremont.

4:44PM — #18. Halsted and Waveland.

4:47PM — Oh, hey, car #9213? Yeah, you’re parked in the parade route. Thx.

4:51PM — Chief: “Streets and San has to get moving. They ABSOLUTELY must get moving."

4:59PM — A woman is getting ready to taze her friends at Newport and clark. Followed by a report of teen girls fighting

Trash is strewn across the Sherwin Williams parking lot this morning.
5:02PM — Looks like the woman with a Taser lost. Send an ambulance. She has a head injury. Arrest #19.

5:14PM — Helicopter estimates 400 people partying in the Sherwin Williams parking lot.

5:17PM — Huge fight reported by officers. Belmont and Sheffield. Send more cars.

5:25PM — Send EMS, 39XX Janssen. “What you got over there?” “Drunk people.”

5:30PM — People throwing bottles at the street sweepers. Roscoe/Halsted.

5:31PM — Cops assigned to cite bars for overcrowding whip one out at Circuit Nightclub, 3641 Halsted.

5:46PM — 19th district has no officers to handle calls for help. A “RAP”—meaning Radio Assignments Pending-is declared. Good luck if you need help!

5:51PM — #20. Halsted/Briar.

6:02PM — Among calls waiting for police to become available: threatening suicide; domestic battery; assault in progress; another threatening suicide; and an assist the police officer.

6:04PM — Police "overcrowding" detail says they're citing D.S. Tequila.

Actual sailor may vary. (Amazon)
6:14PM — 21.

6:24PM — EMS going to Aldine and Lake Shore Drive for the intoxicated Middle Eastern man in a sailor hat.

6:46PM — Large group of teens fighting at Barry and Halsted. They have pepper spray.

6:56PM — 22.

6:59PM — One of those threatening suicide calls from an hour ago is finally being dispatched.

6:59PM — Double-Play! “We have a battery offender who’s passed out” in the police lock-up.

7:03PM — “They’re throwing rocks at us!”—Cop at Dunkin Donuts parking lot. Belmont/Clark.

7:09PM — #23.

7:48PM — #24 and #25 arrested at Clark and Belmont.

8:10PM — At least 29 calls for police service are waiting for officers to become available. Here’s audio of the dispatcher reading ‘em out.

8:19PM — 3 male whites wearing top hats trying to climb into a trash chute.

8:35PM — Intoxicated woman fell into a plate glass window and shattered it at Spex eyeglasses, 3760 Broadway. She left the scene.

8:44PM — “Send those units to Roscoe and Halsted. We got to keep pedestrians moving.”

8:52PM — #26. Obstructing police.

8:53PM — We need the bikes at Belmont and Halsted!

8:53PM — Twitter message to CWB: “Quite the gathering at Circle K on Halsted/Addison. Probably 100-150 kids dancing... On cars. Can't believe police aren't breaking this up.”

9:03PM — “I’m taking a couple of teams to the Circle K.”

9:05PM — Dispatcher: “Large disturbance at Roscoe and Halsted.” Officer: “It’s not a disturbance. It’s just a huge crowd and we’re trying to move ‘em!”

9:18PM — For the second year in a row, the street lights go out along a quarter-mile stretch of Halsted Street in Boystown.

9:37PM — Transport needed for arrests at Belmont and Clark. “A mass arrest car would be good.” Arrests #27+

9:39PM — Battery in progress. Taser involved. Cornelia and Elaine.

9:42PM — Battery in progress inside Starbucks. Clark and Belmont.

9:49PM — #28. Halsted and Roscoe.

9:50PM — Diversion: “Security at the Sonic [in Uptown] is holding an offender at gunpoint for threatening to blow his brains out.”

9:52PM — #29.

10:03PM — Roscoe’s Tavern is holding a female for stealing a purse or credit cards. She becomes #30 (at least).

10:22PM — Officers arrest three for unlawful use of a weapon and reckless conduct. Arrestee numbers 31, 32, and 33.

10:24PM — The 7-Eleven clerk says he’s closing his store because people keep stealing his beer, but he needs police to help.  911 operator reports a “loud disturbance” in the background. 1024 Belmont.

10:43PM — 34.

10:55PM — 19th district Executive Officer: “We’re taking all of the teams from Montrose [pride festival] and we’re going to walk down [Halsted] and get all of ‘em on the sidewalks. Keep ‘em moving. No loitering.”

10:58PM — Officers report widespread, multiple fights in progress at Roscoe and Halsted. “We don’t have enough police here” says one, “we got multiple batteries in progress, not just one!”

11:00PM (approximately) — Man stabbed near 1030 Belmont.

11:02PM — Officer at Roscoe and Halsted: “You can slow [responding officers] down, but we’re gonna need more guys and gals over here to get this shit cleared up.”

11:05PM — “Are you near Roscoe and Halsted? Can you come back and take Scott, too? He got maced, too.”

11:06PM — Police close traffic on Halsted from Addison to Belmont.

11:22PM — 3318 Halsted for group fighting in the street. Another fight 1004 Addison. Fight in the street at Buckingham and Halsted. “A bunch of fights” at Halsted and Melrose per an officer on-scene. #35 gets picked up in this mess.

11:26PM — Need more cars in the alley at Aldine and Halsted.

11:31PM — Officer: “I got flagged down with info that there may be a possible shooting in a little bit at [Halsted street bar].” “Units use caution in that area.”

11:33PM — Person stabbed. He’s in the alley at 606 Aldine.

11:41PM — “All CPD. We need to form a line on Aldine and Halsted.”

11:42PM — BIG fight at the CTA bus turn-around. Halsted/Belmont. Officers call for more cars.  #36 is arrested.

11:55PM — “Tell those units at the Belmont Red Line that they got a lot of people coming their way.”

MONDAY
12:06AM — We need more officers NOW at Belmont and Wilton. Fights on the street.

12:08AM — More cars! Belmont and Sheffield.

12:19AM — #37 at Belmont and Clark. #38 at Belmont CTA station.

12:20AM — #39 gets tazed by police at the Belmont Red Line station.

12:24AM — “A man punched a woman in the face and knocked her out.” Diversey/Broadway. She’s taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital via ambulance.

12:25AM — Police are closing all bars and liquor stores.

12:47AM — Man robbed. 1200 block of Newport.

12:53AM — Men throwing bottles at each other. Broadway/Belmont.

1:24AM — 510 Belmont: Five people climbing the pole out front, trying to steal the Pride banner.

1:46AM — Robbery in progress, 3400 block of Sheffield.

4:13AM — Eight men beating on one. School and Clark. Victim taken to Masonic.
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119 comments:

  1. What a shameful mess of an event, there is certainly no pride involved in this fiasco.

    Unfortunately the mass majority of people think the day was a success. CWB lays out the facts, even in bullet format - what a shame that the media is too lazy and in the pockets of the puppet politicians that they won't even take this article and report on it to get the truth out.

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    1. It would've been a blast w/o all the drunks :/

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    2. Or other people who just can't seem to act normal.

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  2. Ah the joys of a Chicago pride parade aftermath. Glad I'm here in Houston this weekend. Much more civilized.

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  3. Once again the city (OEMC) is kissing the parade's ass by saying that 1 million people were there. 2.64 miles is 21 city blocks. That means 47,619 people per block. 23,810 per one side of one block. Even on the most dense block you couldn't have more than 5,000 (Being generous here) on one side of one block. 200,000 would be a (very) generous estimate to the crowd.

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    1. Your theory would be compelling except that it doesn't take into consideration that people aren't static objects and are, instead, constantly moving. It's certainly possible that 1 million people over the course of the *entire* day moved through the 2.64 mile area.

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    2. And you take into account hundreds of balconies and rooftops. Not everyone is curbside.

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    3. And like, the people looking out of the hospital windows and stuff.

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  4. Just heard on WLS AM. John Dempsey: "Police not releasing any info on arrests during the Pride parade." And yet, here YOU have it! Well done, CWB!

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  5. There should be a charge to get on the parade route. Security should be doubled or tripled. The bars and streets should be completely cleared for two hours after the parade to allow people to disperse, clean the streets and maybe get something to eat and sober up before opening up for evening festivities. There are ways to handle all of this with more people and some clever logistics.

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    1. You do realize closing streets isn't really a viable option considering people live in this neighborhood? Certainly not all of the parade-goers, but you can't tell people they can't go home, move about etc. on private property.

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  6. I left the neighborhood at 10am planning to return around 8pm...was I ever shocked at the state of things when I did. My street (Cornelia) was filled with groups of non-residents loitering, being very loud and openly smoking pot & drinking. I was very concerned about even taking my dog out for a short walk. Later, around midnight, I needed to walk my dog again and was even further shocked and frankly, scared as I edited my building. Same behaviors, less people, to a degree but, far more aggressive. Reading this report, if I would have known what was going on out there, I don't think that I would have ventured outside.

    Thank you Tunney, I love being frightened to leave my house. This parade needs to be moved. Period.

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  7. Throwing bottles at a street sweeper no less!

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  8. Time to move it downtown Rahm! The Boystown area simply can not and should not have to support the same crap that continues to happen year after year after year. Remember the definition of insanity? Well it is high time to stop expecting different results. The majority of the Boystown businesses and property owners will thank you!

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    1. NO, I live in downtown...please do not move it here...let's keep the parade and the foolishness buffoonery where it belongs...IN BOYSTOWN. Thank You.

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  9. Check into the fact that the was a person shot at Sheridan/Wilson that was related to Pride activity at Montrose Harbor - the infamous Rocks Fest. And here were allegedly shots fired at police on Kenmore and Leland with an arrest. Thank God no one was shot in this case

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    1. Apparently no one cared in the media.

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  10. And the ONLY problem the mainstream news is reporting is the guy who drove into the parade. Nothing about the rest of the crap that went on. Every reader of this blog ought to send a link of this page to the networks and see if any of them will pick up on this. So glad I went to a friend's house several miles away, but so sad I had to get driven from my own home like this.

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    1. Tribune was allowing links to the post at last check

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  11. Sad all the trinkets and plastic getting into our environment from this darn parade. How many plastic beads will end up in Lake Michigan?

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    1. Really! People are getting stabbed and shot and robbed and you care about plastic trinkets?

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  12. Are we ready to move this parade downtown? I think that was the threat this year if things did not approve.
    I live 4 blocks away and I stayed away. I think it was a good choice.

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    1. I went to Logan Square...Columbus Drive is the best location for this b.s. The same thing happened with the Irish parade after a while the neighborhoods aren't able to cope. Plus not one cop was on Broadway anywhere to be found.

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  13. This is honestly some of the worst journalism I've ever seen! Way to make a mountain of a molehill in this article. Yeah, bad shit happened...but this is tame compared to past years. Whoever wrote this needs to be slapped across the face. It's such an awful article.

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    1. A recitation of the facts is "some of the worst journalism you've ever seen!"?

      Perhaps you don't know what journalism is. I think what you seek, and what you are used to, is called propaganda.

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    2. what are you squawking about? The "article" was a list of police activity. Since most people probably don't bother to even call the police the list probably vaaastly under reports the situation. Your reply is to conclude "this is tame compared to past years". Yet you don't explain yourself and offer no proof. So go slap yourself.

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    3. Says a bar owner that lives in Lincoln Park away from all the shit show.

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    4. This isn't "journalism," nor is it an "article." And no, the parade clearly wasn't "tame" in any way, shape or form. Get a clue.

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    5. So your opinion is that having multiple stabbings is no big deal?

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    6. Yes, the facts are awful, aren't they?

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    7. Wow. Which alderman do you work for? Were you down at street level to observe this said molehill? Because from my perspective it was a complete shit show. This article doesn't even mention the shootings that happened in Uptown as a result of the parade.

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    8. Please let us know where we can all send you a new box of tinfoil to make yourself a new hat.

      CWB may be too humble to call this journalism, but it's exactly what it is and it's the only journalism you'll see in the city. It's a shame that true local media can't say the same with their fairy tale articles of all is great and apple pie at the parade with only minor, trivial outbreaks happening.

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    9. This is probAbky Tuunneys guy who questioned every candidate against Tunney. Facts are facts. And these guys do a great job at what the media won't do. Go away. No one asked you to read this.

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    10. The parade itself was mostly without incident. It's the jackassery that follows that is the biggest problem. Dispersing the crowd quickly is key.

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  14. What a shit show. This parade jumped the shark 6 or 7 years ago and needs to be moved to Grant Park. Wish CWB could do a comparison check of NYC and SF Pride - I bet their police reports are nowhere near this bad.

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  15. So the guy was stabbed two short blocks from Masonic and took himself all the way up to Weiss? (Skipping Thorek, can't blame him for that) . Maybe the line at Masonic for Emergency Services way lined up out the door??

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  16. CWB--Heading should read Monday in calls at the 12:06 AM call.

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    1. Thank you! The days ran together for us, as you might imagine. Fixed it.

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  17. CPD/CFD needs to be thanked for the good work that they did this weekend.

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    1. Thank you from the overworked and under appreciated.

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    2. You are indeed overworked in the 19th District, but you are NOT under appreciated by most. Know that the idiots are in the minority. We are the silent majority! Thank you for a job very well done!

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  18. Yeah, #keepprideproud, you say? How's that working out?

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  19. I think there is a consensus that something needs to change. We watched the majority of the parade from Wood and during the first couple hours we were very surprised how tame the crowd was. Naturally the woman passing out there caused some problems and a lot of people do not know how to contain their, uh, enthusiasm? For my two cents, I say eliminate 2/3 of the "floats," let's face it there was some boring crap in there including a lot of organizations who didn't spend a penny doing anything that looked good or interesting; quality not quantity, please. Start the parade AT LEAST an hour earlier and actually shorten the route so the whole thing is over in 1-1.5 hours. This eliminates a lot of the less enthusiastic viewers who cant' get out of bed before noon. Also people who are left to their own devices when waiting for over an hour after the parade begins for the first float to arrive drink too much creating one sort of problem. Spending another 4.5 hours out on the street is torturous if you're NOT drinking! There simply aren't enough police available in the city to be reasonably expected to deal with all the little things occurring which lead to the bigger problems later, so we need to control the crowd sizes with some logistical modifications. We had dinner at Yoshi's in the window around 6, when the streets were re-opened there were cars simply cruising in a circle adding to traffic problems. We walked up Halsted at around 7:30. By and large the people were fine, but for sure when groups start to form trouble starts. I know this neighborhood well enough to know a lot of its residents and the troublemakers weren't local. I'm happy this is an event for people to come from all over the metro and Midwest area to celebrate diversity and they are welcome, but they also have no ownership in the community they are visiting... short of moving the parade and festivities, we need to find ways to encourage them to enjoy the parade and then make their way home, to restaurants, hotels, wherever they are staying or residing to enjoy the rest of the day peacefully. I know I'm preaching to the choir to a certain extent, but I think pragmatically speaking we're not going to see the parade moved downtown because of the safety concerns that would present in the "jewel" of the city. So the best dialog is one that involves parade shortening, crowd lessening and dispersal, and addressing the little problems more quickly before they become big ones. FWIW

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    1. Re: Safety Concerns in the "jewel" of the city

      So we should continue to have the parade in a residential neighborhood where the security concerns are even more significant? I'm not sure how that makes sense.

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    2. Sorry that wasn't my point. My point was that the city is unlikely to risk the related safety issues in the downtown area, so pragmatically speaking how do we change the parade in order to increase safety. Call up any mayor and say "hey we have this problem in our neighborhood, do you mind if we move it to the downtown area?" and see what the response is. Do you think downtown businesses want to invite this sort of mayhem? These problems are related to the people in attendance and frankly, moving it downtown will not mitigate that particular aspect. Also, how are security concerns in a residential area more significant that a heavily, densely populated downtown area with residents and tourists alike? That's just a NIMBY response... which trust me, everyone feels that way. The pride parade belongs in Boystown, imho, so how do we modify it to make the experience better?

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  20. I'm all for pride and celebrating the gay marriage law, but i'm glad i don't live there anymore! Sounds like 3 or 4 weekends of Boystown mahem thrown into one night... It definitely needs to be moved downtown. Grant Park or something similar. I'm sure the residents are super happy about how the night unfolded..

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  21. After the parade, we headed home (just off Halsted/Addison) to chill. I headed back out to meet friends at the club on Belmont about 10:45 pm. Now, I've lived in the neighborhood for almost 15 years - what I saw was not pride - nothing but disrespect. IMO, the street was as close to a riot as you get without calling it one. I saw the cops walking down Halsted 2x2 8 or 10 rows deep trying to clear the sidewalks. A line for the taco hut near Little Jim's refused to leave when the police told them to move on. The placed closed because they didn't want to deal with it.

    Halsted and Roscoe was under siege. At least 8 CPD vehicles all with lights going, and people ignored the cops.

    I don't know too many lesbians who twerk for a car load of men who were anxious to "get on up in that, girl" - so you can't tell me that the after parade mobs were GLBT folks. None of the rioters on Halsted were there spending dollars and it kept away anyone who was. So to say this was good for business is just a load of crap.

    I used to tell people Boystown was the safest place I ever lived. Where else could you get huge crowds of gay men together, get drunk and never see a fight? Not now! There isn't too much that spooks me, but last night....If the parade is in Boystown again next year - I'm skipping it - this was not fun at all!

    Just like the South Side Irish parade - someone needs to hit the reset button. PARADE FAIL!

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    1. This had nothing to do with the parade. These people come after just to cause trouble. You don't think if the parade is moved downtown, that people won't come up to boystown afterwards to party? I think they most def will!!

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  22. You are leaving out shots fired at the police at the start area of the parade as well as the person shot in the elbow.

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  23. We had a private pride party on Roscoe. This girl named Angie came in following some friends claiming she knew the host. Well turns out Angie was pulling a stunt. She took my friends purse into the bathroom and took her credit card. She hid my friends purse in the cabinet in the bathroom. She then left the party afterwards and went across the street to Roscoes. We knew something wasn't right after she left and sure enough! My friend calls her credit card company and there's a charge at Roscoes. My friends immediatley bolt over there and find her and the police aprehend her and send her scummy meth ass to jail! My friend is going to court and hopefully this disgusting person will get harsh punishment. Her boyfriend also had a large backpack as he was stealing phones apparently and he threw a phone back into the dancefloor of roscoes. He decided to leave her and disappear. They both had on a tie dye shirts and looked very scummy.

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    1. That's much more common than you know. There's someone at every wedding reception that nobody seems to know too.

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  24. Here is an interesting comment on Second City Cop;
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    Off topic: anyone on citywide 5 yesterday for the pride parade notice that nearly every single incident that happened in 019 within blocks of the parade route was immediately declared "not parade related" by some boss?

    Drunks falling out - not parade related
    Gang disturbance - not parade related
    Battery in progress - not parade related
    Person shot - not parade related
    Shots fired AT THE POLICE - not parade related
    Ect, ect, ect - not parade related
    No boss, your right, none of these things happened to any floats or persons on the actual parade route itself....
    I guess this must be a typical day in 019.
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    Imagine if all the events which were related to the parade actually got counted. Then we would really see the full extent of the negative impact on the community.

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    1. I listened to the scanner yesterday and was just going to post the same thing.

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  25. Disgraceful. A pride parade becomes another unsafe fiasco.

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  26. That sailor can have all the crime with me that he wants.

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  27. Remember. Every single department said move it downtown. They all were in agreement, however Tunney says no. Hers the question:,even if they move it downtown, will we still see the same carnage? If they never nice it downtown for a TEST, how will we ever know?

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    1. Maybe and maybe not. But Downtown has wider streets and easier to control when stuff happens.

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  28. Excellent read. I live at Broadway and Belle Plaine between Montrose and Irving and didn't see anything bad. I was at the parade for two hours total. When I walked down later closer to Addison, I saw a kid tazing his friends and a girl completely unconscious. I doubt they will keep the parade in Boystown, but if they do, they should start closer to Addison. Parade took far too long total time. -Emilie

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  29. Are there any statistics on the Montrose Rocks pride party? How many people attended the event and how many arrests (if any)? It seems a bad idea to have that event end just as it gets dark, making it a near certainly that party-goers will make their way to Halsted just in time for the RAP. Perhaps that event should start and end much earlier in the day too.

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  30. Thank goodness Major League Baseball co-operated and had both the Cubs AND Sox on the road yesterday.

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    1. Good point. Also, was linked here from Bleed Cubbie Blue, in an article about the plaza, and Tunney. What does the neighborhood, say about that? Just curious....

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  31. GTFO. Why aren't isn't any of this being reported on any other news site?

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    1. We don't write for any other news site, so you'll have to ask them. Even the Windy City Times, with a 30-year track record of reporting on LGBT issues in Chicago, reports 52 arrests (more than we estimated). Several outlets did report on the Belmont stabbing. Again, we can't be responsible for the stories that they choose to report.

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    2. If Windy City Times published that Art Johnston and Sidetrack must have allowed it to be published and be fed up. I bet all the bars are figuring going forward this is doing irreparable harm to the neighborhood and their businesses in the big picture(not to mention to Gay Pride/GBLT rights). Plenty of so called straight bars to the south in Lincoln Park were so happy for group of us that chose to the go there instead of attending the parade and the mess it has become(Lots of free drinks and shots I might add). Our money is good anywhere and welcome today. And most of the trouble is being caused by non GLBT if not all. Most of the trouble makers spend very little if any $$ in the neighborhood.

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    3. If the police are making bars close early after the parade, the bar owners will figure something out to keep the $$$ flowing.

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  32. The parade itself was relatively fine, it's what goes on afterwards that is the real problem. I was at a house party until about 9 and then went to Sidetrack, where the chaos on the streets was alarming. When we were leaving at 11 ish, there were lots of people streaming into the neighborhood instead of leaving. Lots of rude city kids with zero manners or respect. And they don't go into the neighborhood to go the bars they go and stand on the street, and then all this garbage happens.

    Moving the parade downtown is not going to solve the aftermath, because people will go downtown and then back to Boystown. It's a shame that people don't have respect for the event, the neighborhood and its residents and ruin it for everyone else.

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    1. No they won't because they will be downtown already. Most of the trouble makers aren't glbt. Just trouble makers. They will stay downtown and try and cause trouble there.

      It's too big for this neighborhood.


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    2. I wonder if it would be any better if they moved the parade to about 6:00 p.m. The earlier they schedule it, the more time they have for the debris to get drunk and high and cause trouble. Get rid of all the politicians and foolishness, and have it be an hour long parade. Then clear the place out like they did on Clark Street the night the Hawks won.

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    3. move the parade downtown! nuff said

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    4. Moving the parade anywhere else won't solve the problem...shortening the parade time, limiting the amount of parade entrants, "straighting out" the parade route, without turns...possibly directly down Halsted, from Belmont to Broadway, could eliminate a LOT of these problems. The parade belongs within the LGBT community, amongst it's true supporters and businesses!! These thugs that came out of the woodwork, to harass the crowds leftover, after sunset, are NOT parade observers, or any part of the LGBT community....they are just troublemakers, who thrive on instigating uprisings, at ANY outdoor event, where its difficult to control them, or in a neighborhood where they know the police officers will look the other way, until it gets outta hand, unfortunately!; ( Maybe its time that miss "busy body" anonymous finally MOVED!!?? But the parade needs to be reinvented, fine tuned, and needs to stay right where it is ;)

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    5. Exactly right. This parade is here to stay. I agree that even if the parade moved downtown, the after party in Boystown is still going to be a problem. Moving the parade DT will not solve that.

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    6. Boystown is the center of the gay community. And I agree, most will come up to boystown after the parade and go to the restaurants and bars and the trash will follow. Try it and those that say they won't follow will quickly be proven wrong.

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    7. I tend to agree. Moving the parade may lessen the aftermath. But a lot of it will continue up here afterwards. I suspect a few of the problem people were not at the parade.

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  33. NYC is 4 times the size of Chicago, but 2 million generally show up for the parade. None of this Chicago-style mayhem results.

    Even if were shifted to Downtown, mayhem will still break lose either there or back in Boystown. I think Chicago is too uncivilized to have such a parade any longer and should consider getting rid of it. Since the bar owners own the Alderman , and their sales are what causes the Mayhem,both are enablers of the post-parade mayhem and deserve to lose this event.

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    1. It doesn't happen in Detroit either and they have 3 Pride events, 2 of them quite large.

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    2. I must've hit a nerve....my posting was removed by a blog administrator!!?? Lol This is a free country, my comment was completely true, and an incredibly accurate observation of the mini RIOT that occurred late Sunday night/early Mon morning, on Belmont st, between the red line CTA station, and Clark Street. I couldn't take any video, bcuz my cellphone was dead, from.a full day of celebrating at the parade, and in Boystown. I "suspect" that so called "Anonymous" blogger just might be a cwb staffer!? Don't worru, I backed up my comment, and sent it to your MAYOR, the CPD, and the local LGBT magazines, in Chgo, and In Wisconsin. You can't censor the TRUTH;)

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    3. Your very long and welcome comment was removed because, way down toward the bottom, you strayed into content that is not allowed here. We did not catch it during the initial screening.

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    4. Seeing the complete and utter trouble making loitering in the masses at the corner of Belmont and Sheffield was insane around midnight when I went by (in a car luckily). Huge groups doing nothing but congest the corners and twerk on cars.

      I guess they were there to patronize the businesses and bars **cough cough**

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    5. All police officers should be required to wear body cams, to protect them, and to show everybody else what kind of lawless punks these troublemakers REALLY are!! I wish the police well, and hope their bosses don't make them stand down like this, again, during future mini riots, like the one I got stuck in, on Belmont St, late sun night,!!! The law is the law, for EVERY one, NO matter creed or color...NO body is above it, and the cops deserve, and have earned, respect, order, dignity, along with support, ALWAYS!! The problem is these troublemakers do NOT learn any of this at home;(

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    1. Good stay in Wisconsin. Shame on you for blaming the police for the massive amount of people acting like idiots and getting out of control. Good job to the understaffed Cpd they did what they could and are appreciated here

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    2. Does anyone have film of this. It would be great if the public could see how often police are being abused by idiots like these so they can claim police brutality. What I don't understand is why you stayed in an area where you felt threatened for an hour and a half. I've driven to Milwaukee in that period of time. Surely you could have found another route to get 2 blocks west of the red line. We do have taxis in Chicago that get people all over the city by various routes. As for the police, what shame is there when they show such great restraint against a bunch of assholes that are looking for a fight. I am proud of our police on the front lines. As another said, you should stay in Wisconsin.

      As for this not having anything to do with the parade, I beg to differ. These people were here because of the parade. Their motives may have been different than your's, but their presence was not.

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    3. What a shame that these thugs get to taunt and abuse our police and get away with it. Outrageous.

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  35. Go to any other city like Boston's pride then Chicago's and you seem to appreciate the smaller more civilized events that have a lot of people without the commotion and you feel safe during and after. It's honestly too many people crammed into too small of an area. Anyone with any intelligence should be able to figure this out by attending.

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  36. I love it all. Forget the Alderman Tunney and his preachy "BEHAVE" message!! (Uncle Tommy) Did you know Stonewall was a riot against police oppression? Did you notice the police still oppress? Pride belongs to the QUEERS not the corporate floats and automaton politicians. How DARE they arrest the #BlackOutPride protestors. We are having a party in the streets! We aren't taking shit off straight people and their law and order decorum. DID you think you co-opted us when you bought your t shirt at Target? You didn't. (oh no you dint) This is OUR PARTY. And on this day these are OUR streets. The rest of y'all STAY HOME.

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    1. You just posted the perfect reason this parade has got to be moved. Thank you.

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    2. ^^^ Reason enough to shut this idiot parade down.

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    3. They were arrested because it is simply ILLEGAL to walk into a parade route without being a registered cause or having a float registered for the parade. Educate yourself.

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  37. I believe the parade was very disorganized! I tried looking for a float I was suppose to march with and they ended up being like float 100 something instead of 91. I mean it's got to be hard to keep things straight and organized when everyone is excited and eager to get the parade going.
    Also I am so glad I went home before the chaos started!! The trains were crazy packed on my way to the parade hours before it even started.
    Thank you for posting this sure helps my anxiety, still bummed I couldn't find the float!!! Would have been fun seeing smiley faces etc. Also if we move downtown, I believe it be better on Columbus drive or near grant park. Maybe throw an after party there but who knows what will happen if they parade gets moved.

    Not sure if any cops read any of this, Vito have ran into some nice fellas and thank you for trying to keep us safe it's to bad that people got to be disrespectful not to the police but the LGBTQ community!!

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  38. DS Tequila was NOT cited for anything. DS was very responsible in keeping their occupancy below their limit, had a strong and experienced security staff who I saw assisting officers clearing loiters from the sidewalks, and did not over serve anyone. I witnessed an officer in a white shirt be EXTREMELY rude to the manager and told him to shut down for no reason. The manager asked why, and the officer screamed at him to "not make him repeat himself again." As the bar was emptying, a Captain came by and said they were ok to let people back in again. I fully support the CPD and their efforts, as well as the businesses and residents of this community, but this jerk officer really bothered me. At one point there were 20-30 officers standing in a group on the street at Halsted and Roscoe and I have to ask, how does that help anything? They could have separated into groups of 4 and been much more effective. The answer isn't more officers or changing the route. The answer is better leadership and planning.

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    1. A police case number was generated.

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    2. Is that you Stu Zirin or John defending your bar? The answer is moving the parade which is pretty close to being a done deal. btw Halsted Street aka Boystown wasn't the first gay neighborhood in Chicago history.

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    3. Wah, wah, wah, if this is Stu. Didn't sell enough chickens and champagne this weekend? By the way your servers are notorious for being too busy to deal with customers because they are too busy texting.

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    4. WTF is Stu Zurin? I seen his name pops up on here from time to time. Is he like one of the parade owners, too, like the Pfifer dude?

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    5. Owns DS, Meat, Minibar and Dive bar is who Stu is. Ok guy as far as I know.

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  39. KEEP THE PARADE IN BOYSTOWN. I am a 26 year resident of the neighborhood. We have an enviable tourist destination. 2 stabbings does not warrant a sweeping change. The increased police presence was noticeable and so far, seemed successful. Our gay and gay-friendly businesses pay a lot of bills with gay money generated at the gay parade. KEEP IT IN GAY-TOWN!

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    1. Thank you for making me feel so welcome in MY neighborhood, in which I have lived for 20+ years. I am not Gay. I have as much of a right to live here and enjoy my peaceful life here as any other residents, gay or straight. Indeed, although there is a higher proportion of GLBT residents here than other neighborhood in the city, the majority is straight. So stop preaching as if you own this neighborhood and have a God given right to the parade. You don't. On the other hand, I have the right to live here, meaning 365 days a year. Instead, I'm forced out every year because of what has become of this parade, a parade that used to be fun during and after. You obviously don't read this blog entry in its entirety if you think this was just a few stabbings and plenty of presence.

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    2. KEEP THE PARADE IN BOYSTOWN. I am a 26 year resident of the neighborhood. We have an enviable tourist destination.

      Yep for meth and party boi's. What a great representation of us glbt people. And hey gollie only two stabbings. And you don't think this parade is fueling some of the uptick in year around crime?

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    3. If two stabbings and dozens of arrests and people having to get their jaws realigned from being beaten with bricks doesn't warrant a sweeping change, what in the world would? Good grief.

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    4. Thanks for stopping by alderman.

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    5. I say keep it here, make some changes in regards to crowd control sure, but part of what makes this neighborhood great is the liveliness of it all. Calling to get rid of the parade, close the bars and such will only quicken decline as people would no longer seek the area out as a place to live , work, and spend money,

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    6. "We have an enviable tourist destination" followed up in the very next sentence by "2 stabbings ..." is an interesting way to try to support your argument.

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    7. KEEP THE PARADE IN BOYSTOWN:

      1. do you own property in Lakeview?
      2. do you live anywhere along the parade route?
      3. do you own a business in Lakeview?
      4. do you have a drug and/or alcohol problem?

      Answer the second question first.

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    8. Funny how the word success is used suddenly. Because every real user here knows the parade is hanging by a thread by its "success" but somehow criteria was never itemized. Anyway, if you really lived in the area you'd know this more than about 2 stabbings. Time to give the hood a rest for a year and try it out.

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    9. I believe I know the original poster. Owns a bar and lives in boystown. It's all about $$$$. The heck with everyone else. He was probably out of town for it.

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  40. It's so sad to see the alarming decline this event has taken. 6,7,8+ years ago, I looked forward to this day all year, and now I don't even attend. It has become a disgusting spectacle that I want no part of. We shouldn't have to deal with this shit. I'm incensed that I have to alter what was once an exciting day, simply because people cannot act civilized.

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  41. I'm curious what would happen if the parade was indeed moved. Seems to me this day is not simply a parade... it is an EVENT. And should the parade be moved, I think people would go to the parade and then go to Boys Town after. There are no bars, etc near the proposed Columbus drive route and let's be honest, this day is more about young adults using the parade as an excuse to come into the city and drink than it is about gay pride.

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  42. Guys and gals. Everyone is saying nice move move it. Ok so they move the physical parade. How does that translate into keeping the crazy from happening as if always does. You know damn well if they close down halsted and broadway to allow the party goers to party, were just in the same position as if the parade was here. Granted, we'd have 4 hours of a none parade, but unless they move the parade AND keep traffic open as nudbSl in boystown, maybe, just maybe it might work. But Tunney's and his cronies are blithering idiots. As far as he's concerned the 'parade' went fine. He doesnt give a rats ass about anything else.

    And you can't say anything public on his Facebook because he'll delete and ban you.

    You have to boycott his Resturant. You have to show up at the next caps meeting. You have to be more than one voice.

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    1. Loved how Tunneys sat there at the CAPS meeting last night (Wed 7/1) with that idiotic Cubs hat on, staring off vacantly into space, and probably thinking to himself,"What tools you people are! Paying me $108,000 a year to sit on my ass."

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  43. Please, please, please, send your own emails and comments to Alderman Tunney @ ward44@cityofchicago.org. Flood his inbox. Or call his office. I know most of you will say it will do no good, and you might be right, but you might also be wrong. At least you will be able to prevent him from the same BS comment he makes every year, which is that he didn't receive that many complaints. If nothing else it will make you feel better having written it. And by all means, please show up for tomorrow night's CAPS meeting at 7:00 pm at the police station.

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    1. The only thing that interests him are campaign contributions, if not outright bribes, not his Inbox.
      Notice there is nothing bus fluff on his FB page.

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  44. This parade needs to move from the neighborhood. Emergency services cannot enter certain areas if needed, the grossness and trashiness of people who do not live in the neighborhood is no longer tolerable, and then the aftermath -- well into the evening and morning long after the end of the parade -- is unspeakable. Gangbangers, lots of tranny black women wearing sunglasses and trying the damnedest to instigate trouble, drunken teens (yes, teens) from the suburbs, all hanging out in the area including our side residential streets, pissing and vomiting and having sex in our yard and under our porches and in our bushes ... it all needs to go. Just try a simple one year-experiment of moving it downtown, perhaps even on Saturday, start it earlier, shorten the number of units, and see what the parade is like and what the aftermath is like. Don't waste time calling Tunney's or Cappleman's offices (especially Tunney's) because they will either not return your call or give your email the courtesy of a reply, or, they will simply hang up on you. And WHO is this Pfieffer guy who has carte blanche "control" over the parade? How did he get into such a "position?" How much $$$ does he earn from the parade? Where does any money collected during the parade really go? Lastly, the alcohol "enforcement" was a joke. There were underage drinkers, as well as of-age drinkers, drinking openly from cans and bottles of beer and liquor. Move this entire embarrassment out of this too-small neighborhood! Or just eliminate it (and "pride") altogether. Why keep on with something that was purposeful in the 1970s but today, nearly 50 years after Stonewall, has really served it purpose? Do we NEED floats with drag queens, politicans, commercial businesses and the like, acting as barometers of "gay" "pride" in 2015? No, we do not.

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    1. Agree 100 percent. The parade is owned by that guy. He makes a living off it although he won't admit it. In the GLBT community you will find a lot charities and social organizations that are a shame to enrich the organizers or executives.

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    2. Idea!!! Let's pull together a handful of people, start our own parade, and make some income off of it. I know! A Market Days parade! Yes!!!

      Seriously, why is this Pfieffer guy not held accountable for the havoc his tired little parade wreaks on 60657 every year? Are the financial sheets available for public inspection? If not, why not??

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    3. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the fix appears to be in to have not only the parade in Lakeview, but a street closure on Halsted after the parade for a party if I read the report in DNA info correctly. How much crap has to go on before these so called leaders see what this is doing to this neighborhood. The parade is a problem, but the aftermath is a disaster even when so many incidents are "not parade related"--wink-wink.

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