Knife fight in downtown Chicago ends with no injuries, stunned bystanders (video)

Video images show at least three men armed with knives during a confrontation along the Magnificent Mile on May 19, 2024. No injuries or arrests were reported. (@ChicagoCritter)

CHICAGO — No injuries were reported and no arrests were made after at least three men armed with large kitchen knives fought on the streets of downtown Chicago on Sunday evening. A bystander recorded part of the altercation on their phone. The @ChicagoCritter account quickly shared the footage on social media.

Chicago police first received calls of three men chasing each other with knives northbound on the 600 block of North Michigan Avenue around 6:02 p.m. The men were seen running through the streets, armed with chef’s knives.

Moments later, video showed several men arriving at the intersection of Ohio and Rush. At least three displayed knives and two of them confronted each other in the street. One man thrusts a knife toward the other with a forceful, full-arm swing. However, the other man, with a knife raised overhead, manages to avoid the blade.

A Streeterville resident who spoke with CWBChicago recognized two of the men as residents of the Inn of Chicago migrant shelter, 162 East Ohio, home of more than 1,200 new arrivals.

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