Boystown bar employee slashed during robbery on Halsted Street

One of the landmarked rainbow pylons that line Boystown’s Halsted Street. (Adam Rhodes/Medill)

CHICAGO — An employee of a popular Boystown nightclub was stabbed during a robbery on the Halsted Street bar strip overnight, just hours before the neighborhood’s annual Pride Fest street party is scheduled to begin.

The 23-year-old woman left work near Roscoe and Halsted around midnight and was about two blocks away when the robber confronted her near Halsted and Aldine, according to preliminary information. 

The robber had a knife and slashed the woman’s right arm, took her pink backpack, and escaped by heading north on Halsted Street. Shortly after the robbery, the victim walked into Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

An officer who met with her said the assailant wore all-black clothing, including a hoodie over their head, but the victim was unable to provide any other details, including the robber’s sex.

Robberies in the Town Hall (19th) District, which includes Boystown, are up 43% compared to last year and up 94% compared to 2020, according to CPD’s latest data.

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