CHICAGO — A man and woman were robbed while walking in Lincoln Park on Thursday evening, according to Chicago police. Another robbery was reported overnight near the UIC campus.
The Lincoln Park robbery occurred in the 2700 block of North Hampden around 9:30 p.m. A dark-colored sedan pulled up the street, and four men got out to rob the victims, a 24-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, police said. One of the robbers hit the man in the face as they took the victims’ valuables.
A wallet taken from one of the victims was found on Lake Shore Drive, not far from Buckingham Fountain, after the robbery.
The robbers were described as men of unknown race: one wearing all black, another wearing a red hat, and a third wearing white sweats with a white and black hoodie.
Then, around 12:30 a.m., a gunman robbed a group of people near Sheridan Park in the 1100 block of West Taylor. The victims described him as Black, slim, and about 5’7″ tall. He wore a dark puffy jacket that had some green elements.
After ending 2023 with a 23% increase in robberies, the city is off to a better start in 2024. CPD’s latest statistics report shows holdup reports are down 21% through the first four weeks of the year, from 810 to 640.
Last year’s numbers were driven by armed robbery crews that went on spree after spree, sometimes committing a dozen or more crimes within hours. There has been a noticeable reduction in spree activity over the past two months, possibly because perpetrators have been apprehended.