Five arrested, 25 guns seized at Wicker Park Airbnb party

Police who were called to a large party at an Airbnb in Wicker Park overnight recovered 25 guns, including a rifle. Officers took five people into custody.

Cops responded to the 5,000-square-foot loft at 1257 North Milwaukee in response to a report of a large party shortly at 2:05 a.m. Once police made entry to the second-floor unit, many of the estimated 150 partiers began rushing for the front and rear exits, police said.

Photo of the guns seized by police at the party. | CPD

Back-up officers from a neighboring police district and CPD’s SWAT unit responded to assist.

When the dust settled, cops had recovered a trove of firearms from the apartment and from partiers. Police had to use a Taser to get one suspect in custody.

The sprawling loft is listed on Airbnb as a four-bedroom, nine bed accommodation for “16+ guests.” Ads tout amenities such as a ”fully vented cigar parlor,” full-sized pool table, an 85-inch television, two dishwashers and a “professional kitchen.”

Many reviews of the space mention that it is a great place to host large parties. 

“We had about 70 people for a party,” one reviewer raved. “Easy check in!”

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