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Man’s Ear Partially Bitten Off During Attack Outside Art Institute

The attacker punched and bit the victim after the victim said he didn't have a cigarette to give away, police said.

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DOWNTOWN — A 51-year-old man’s ear was partially bitten off during an attack outside the Art Institute of Chicago Thursday morning.

At 6:45 a.m., the man was standing on the sidewalk in the 100 block of South Michigan Avenue when another man walked up to him and asked him for a cigarette, police said. The victim told the man he didn’t have a cigarette, and the attacker punched him in the back of his head and then bit off part of his left ear.

The victim was taken to Northwestern Hospital, where his condition was not available but he was listed as “stable,” police said.

The attacker ran away, police said. He was described as a black man in his 50s who was 5-foot-8 and weighed 140 pounds. He had salt-and-pepper hair and wore a large brown coat, brown shirt and brown pants.