Controversy continues to brew over large crowds of young people gathering in Chicago’s Park Manor neighborhood, with some homeowners and businesses complaining of the noise and riot and urging police to take action.
Chicago police said they received multiple calls over the weekend from neighbors complaining about people partying on the streets and blocking traffic.
While some business owners told NBC 5 behind the camera that they are tired of the large crowds, others don’t see the problem as they say the crowd was mostly peaceful.
Michigan’s 75th Street and Calumet Avenue business corridor turned into a huge South Side party over the weekend.
“I mean, we just opened,” said business owner Rohan Ireland. “People have been in the house for a year and a half, trying to have fun.”
Surveillance images from a nearby camera show dozens of people gathering on the street on Saturday night. Neighbors reported loud music, alcoholics and traffic blockages.
“A lot of old people live here, so the noise disturbs them when they sleep,” he said. “To be honest, there is a lot of noise.”
Some neighbors and business owners would like their alder to raise the issue. But the owner of Brown Sugar Bakery sees it as an opportunity to win new customers – and even to collect ideas for a possible festival on 75th Street.
“We don’t have Fulton Market or Rush Street,” said Stephanie Hart. “They’re going to block the streets to give people a place to stay, and what’s wrong with that on the South Side?”
Police responded to calls for complaint but said no one was quoted, no one was arrested and the crowd was eventually evacuated. Meanwhile, Ald. Rod Sawyer urged partygoers to respect the block’s residents and business owners.
He issued a statement partially saying, “We will work with various city departments to ensure we respect the residents and families who live there by enforcing parking restrictions, traffic violations and general crowd control. With our city officially reopening tomorrow, we will remain safe and have more respect for noise levels, rubbish and compliance with CDC guidelines. “
Neighbors plan to raise their concerns at a club block meeting. It’s scheduled for Thursday, June 17th at 6 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church on 74th Street.