LOGAN SQUARE — Shots were fired on Logan Square’s Milwaukee Avenue bar strip early Saturday morning, according to police and witnesses.
Police responded to calls of shots fired in the 2500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue sometime after 2 a.m. Saturday, according to Chicago police spokeswoman Laura Amezaga.
No injuries were reported to police, Amezaga said.
The shooting happened on a strip that’s home to several late-night bars including Granero at 2529 N. Milwaukee Ave., The Owl at 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave. and BiXi Beer at 2515 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Reached by phone late Monday afternoon, Nita Godinez, owner of Granero, said her bar was gearing up to close as shots rang out.
Godinez said she didn’t hear the shots herself because she was in back doing paperwork, but when she got word that a shooting had occurred, she made sure the remaining patrons didn’t leave the establishment until police wrapped up the investigation.
“I’m upset, I’m really upset. I don’t allow this type of stuff in my establishment,” Godinez said.
Godinez stressed that the shooting was not spillover from her bar, which closes at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturdays. The bar owner also said she has video footage to prove that it was business as usual in her establishment at the time of the shooting. Block Club wasn’t able to immediately review the footage.
“My establishment — I don’t allow gangbangers in my establishment. My establishment is a fun, friendly place to come and bring your family. I want [the neighborhood] to know that and understand that,” she said.
It’s unclear what prompted the shooting. Police could not say whether or not the shooting was gang-related.
Godinez said she’s noticed since opening Granero in March that Logan Square has a gang problem.
“In the Logan Square area there is a lot of gang activity, and I have called the police for issues going on out there,” she said, referring to the block of Milwaukee Avenue where the shooting occurred.
BiXi, an Asian restaurant/bar situated near Granero, was closed at the time of the shooting, but Brendan Baskin, the manager on duty, invited people who were standing on the street to come inside to keep folks safe, according to employee Steph Krim.
Baskin declined to be interviewed through Krim.
Another bar on the stretch, The Owl, closes at 5 a.m. on Saturdays, according to its website. Ownership didn’t immediately return a message late Monday afternoon.
A neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, called the shooting “extremely rattling.”
“Knowing that there was direct gunfire right outside of your doorstep. … I feel like it was early enough in the night where there weren’t a lot of people on the street. Thank God. If it were an hour later, it may have been different,” said the neighbor, who has lived on the block for seven years.
At about the same time as the shooting, a driver struck three pedestrians as he was trying to flee a car crash in the 2300 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.
The incident happened at about 1:50 a.m., police said. A 20-year-old driver lost control of his car, drove up on the curb and hit two men and a woman on the sidewalk, according to police.
The two men, ages 33 and 27, were both taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where they were both listed in serious condition. The 33-year-old suffered from an injured leg and foot. Police did not detail the 27-year-old’s injuries.
The woman, 29, came away with a bruised leg and was treated and released from Stroger Hospital, according to police.
Police said the driver is in custody.
Police could not say whether the two incidents were related.
“Nothing is documented in the report at this time,” Chicago police spokeswoman Jessica Rocco said in an email.