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Owner Of Two Suburban Restaurants Shot Dead On Northwest Side, Killer Sought

Peter Rim was a passenger in a car that was fired on Thursday morning in Belmont Gardens.

Peter Rim
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CHICAGO — The owner of two restaurants in the far northwest suburbs was shot and killed while in a car on the Northwest Side Thursday morning, police said.

Peter Rim, 46, of South Barrington was killed at 6:45 a.m. Thursday, authorities said. Police are still looking for his killer.

He was the passenger in a car driving west in the 4100 block of West Diversey in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood when an SUV pulled up. Words were exchanged, and someone in the SUV shot Rim in the head, authorities said.

He was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:56 a.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

He was the owner of Bistro Wasabi and El Cochino in far northwest suburban Lake In the Hills.

On its Facebook page, Bistro Wasabi mourned his loss.

“It saddens our hearts at Bistro Wasabi and El Cochino to say we have lost one of our own today. Peter Rim passed away this morning surrounded by loved ones. His wild, fun, energetic, and loving legacy will live on forever. We love you Peter Rim, more than words can describe. You affected so many lives here and every one here misses you so much. You are so loved. Rest easy Peter. 💙 Love, the Bistro Wasabi and El Cochino family💙”

Ald. Milly Santiago (31st) said she has been in touch with the Grand Central (25th) District Police about the murder. The investigation is ongoing, she said. 

“I hope the coverage of this tragic incident on traditional and social media motivates whoever knows something to do the right thing,” Santiago said. “Come forward and report what you know. If you want, remain anonymous, but call 911. Only by speaking up will we be able to seek justice for this young man, who was so senselessly and tragically murdered.”

Credit: Bistro Wasabi/Facebook
Peter Rim was shot and killed in Chicago on Oct. 25, 2018.
Credit: Bistro Wasabi/Facebook
Peter Rim, the owner of Bistro Wasabi and El Cochino.