|No seat for you! When the sun goes down, the Subway restaurant
at 901 Belmont strips its dining room of
furniture and loose objects. (Bob Zuley)
Wrigleyville’s bar strip has been relatively tame this weekend, allowing our officers to actually patrol neighborhoods on Friday and Saturday nights. Pretty rare stuff, so don’t get used to it.
On the other hand, it seems that the city has essentially surrendered Belmont Avenue between Halsted and Seminary. Again.
For reasons that cannot be understood by the common man, our police department more or less abandons that stretch of Belmont every summer until a major incident forces them to devote resources. Last year, that incident happened on June 23rd, which means we’re just about due.
Here’s the Friday/Saturday fight clock:
11:29PM – 911 says a bar manager has reported two 30-year-old white guys fighting on the street at Clark and Eddy. The Clark Street police detail says they don’t see anything.
2:23AM — Men fighting on the street, 3721 N. Clark. Resolved by police.
3:32AM – Big City Tap calls 911 to let police know that they just saw “some guy all bloodied up” get into a Yellow Cab and leave the area of 1010 W. Belmont.
3:44AM – Fight outside the Subway restaurant, 901 W. Belmont.
3:57AM – Four men fighting inside the Subway restaurant, 1020 W. Belmont. A robbery report is taken in case HX302753.
4:21AM – Two “women” fighting on the street in the 700 block of Roscoe. Resolved by police.
5:47AM – Two men fighting in the street at 934 W. Belmont.
5:51AM – Two men fighting on the sidewalk, 930 W. Belmont. Another 911 caller says “20 people” ran into a nearby alley “ready to fight.”
5:55AM – Battery in progress at the Belmont Red Line. 4 to 5 people fighting outside the station.
2:07AM – Callers are “lighting up the board” at Chicago’s 911 center, reporting a major street fight around the Belmont Red Line station. Various callers reported: Fighting at Belmont and Wilton; fighting at the Belmont L Station; another fist fight at Belmont and Wilton; 20 to 30 people fighting in the middle of Belmont under the train tracks; a group of “women” fighting under the train tracks; and “a big ol’ street fight” at 945 Belmont.
Officers arrive at 2:09AM and report that everyone is scattering: “It’s going to be an all night problem.”
3:53AM – 24-year-old man battered outside of Berlin nightclub, 954 W. Belmont. An ambulance takes the victim to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
4:59AM – A passer-by calls 911 for a man who says his phone got snatched in the 1000 block of Belmont. The victim is last seen chasing the offender northbound on Sheffield.