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The Chicago Tribune today tells the story of what Gary Dailey (above) encountered inside a Gold Coast pedestrian tunnel on the Fourth of July:
[…] a large, noisy group of individuals [was] crowded into the center of a tunnel that led under Lake Shore Drive near Division Street.
“They were screaming and yelling and scaring everybody,” said Dailey, indicating that there was a crowd of about 40 people backed up while the rowdy group was “roughhousing” in the center of the tunnel.[…] One of the rowdies tried to take his cell phone but he “slapped his hand down.” Then he heard a woman behind him scream and turned to look, seeing a woman with a child about 12-14 feet behind him who was being accosted by a man wearing a red shirt.[…] The woman screamed, “You (son of a —–), you’re stealing my phone” before throwing a water bottle at the man and taking off after him as he ran away with her phone, a police report on the incident said.The red-shirted man headed in Dailey’s direction with the woman in pursuit until someone else — an unknown co-offender according to the police report — tripped her, Dailey and police said.“He started running toward me and he ran up to the stairs and I decided I was sick of it,” Dailey said.So he said he sprinted after the man, chasing him for three or four blocks before the man, about 35 feet in front of him, turned around and headed back toward Dailey.
Jump on over the Trib for the rest of the story. (We love to tease.)
Meanwhile, in related news, travel site escapehere.com has named Chicago the #5 worst city for tourists in the United States.
This one is a shame to have to list, as it’s one of America’s largest cities and in some ways the capital of the Midwest. However, Chicago is currently suffering from high crime rates, high unemployment and high foreclosure rates for homes. If you want to visit large American cities, Chicago is a good one to skip until it makes some improvements.
Well, Hell. At least we’re better than Reno.