Man stabbed during argument near Streeterville fountain

Chicago police say a man was stabbed during an argument near a landmark fountain in Streeterville last night.

The man got into an argument with a stranger near Centennial Fountain, which sits on the Chicago River outside 400 North McClurg, around 9:26 p.m.

He told police that the other man pulled out a sharp object, stabbed him in the stomach, and fled the scene.

EMS transported the man to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. A CPD spokesperson said the police report does not list the victim’s age.

The fountain, which once blasted an arc of water across the Chicago River every hour, has been dry since 2020. CBS Chicago recently reported that repairs may not be completed for years.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) wrote to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District about the inoperable fountain last year.

In the letter, Reilly said he learned that the fountain’s repairs won’t be finished until the end of next year, five years after it went offline. He said he had previously been told that the fountain would be up and running by the end of last year.

In 2018, a man suffered a graze wound when someone opened fire during an argument at the fountain.