What a weekend, huh? Lollapalooza was in rare form. Swarms of dirt bikers, sometimes hundreds at a time, zoomed across the streets and sidewalks. And crowds gathered to watch cars do donuts in the middle of a Lakeview intersection.
Fortunately, there are videos to help get you up to speed on anything you missed.
Surely you heard or saw the legions of motorcycles that zipped across town throughout the weekend. Videos like this one and this one were all over social media.
Downtown, the bikers were seen riding down sidewalks, too.
In one scary moment downtown, a biker’s ride caught on fire, and the flames apparently spread to him, too. Here’s a video of that.
But perhaps the most obnoxious moment came around 1:45 a.m. Saturday when a couple dozen motorbikers overtook the plaza in front of Wrigley Field.
A couple of minutes before the bikers arrived, a woman fell and hit her head on the pavers in front of the stadium marquee. An ambulance was on the way, and people were tending to the woman.
That’s when a motorcyclist rolled on the plaza and burned a loud wheelie right next to them. Then, more bikes came along, surrounding the fallen woman and her friends with revving engines until the police arrived.
We grabbed video of it from a nearby webcam feed:
Charges are pending against a man who allegedly sold counterfeit Lollapalooza tickets to a group of people and then began fighting with two people who confronted him about the bogus passes around 5:45 p.m. Sunday on the 500 block of South Michigan.
At one point, all three men — two of the victims and the alleged offender — fell through a plate glass window in front of the Congress Hotel. All three of them suffered cuts. But one man was seriously injured when a sheet of broken glass sliced into his leg.
Police officers on the scene applied a tourniquet that, according to internal reports, likely saved the man’s life.
CBS2’s Steven Graves shared a graphic video of the men falling into the glass and the badly injured man moving away from the window. You can watch it here.
CWBChicago will post an update on the story after charges are approved.
For the second weekend in a row, a crowd shut down the intersection of Belmont and Sheffield early Sunday so cars could do donuts in the middle of the street.
Video of one performance was shared online.
It’s worth noting that these “sideshows” are taking place directly under a CPD surveillance camera that’s attached to a pole on the northeast corner of the intersection.
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