Bullet flies through wall of a guest room at River North hotel, police say

Police are investigating after two River North hotel guests reported that a bullet flew through the wall of their room late Sunday. No arrests have been made.

The incident reportedly unfolded on the 17th floor of the Eurostars Magnificent Mile Hotel, 600 North State, which was recently fined $10,000 by the city for a series of “nuisance” incidents involving guns and drugs.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired at a hotel on the 600 block of North State around 11:50 p.m. Sunday, CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said. She did not identify the hotel by name.

At the hotel, cops met with two men, ages 28 and 50, who said they heard a loud sound and then discovered a bullet hole in the wall of their room. Bartoli said cops went to the room and found damage to the wall and a headboard. No injuries were reported, she said.

Humorously, police dispatch records indicate that one of the men told a 911 operator that he called the front desk to report the incident, but they put him on hold.

The city began “nuisance” proceedings against the Eurostars Hotel in April.

“Large gatherings, guests throwing bottles from balconies, lighting fires on balconies, and not enforcing proper safety protocols or other COVID-19 restrictions” were all reported, Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said as he announced the city’s action. “Most alarming was a recent media report that a CPD traffic stop in River North led to the arrests of six individuals for handgun possession; these individuals were all guests of the Eurostar Hotel.” CWBChicago published that story on March 9.

The city’s itemized complaints against the hotel included 12 separate incidents involving firearms in the hotel or on adjacent property between October 2020 and April. Other allegations included a December 8, 2020, armed robbery on the premises and a criminal sexual assault in the hotel on February 18.

Hotel management agreed to a “28-paragraph ‘nuisance abatement plan,'” to resolve the complaints, Loop North News reported in September.

The property was also fined $10,000, and managers “agreed to ban parties and guns on its premises. Banned weapons include firearms, explosives, pepper spray, tasers, knives, and other weapons,” according to the Loop North News report.

Short of airport-style screening stations, it’s not clear how a hotel can be expected to ensure that guests don’t bring a gun onto their property.

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