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26 Teens Arrested As Huge Crowds Walk Around Downtown, Get Into Fights, Police Say

The teens were all charged with misdemeanors, police said.

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DOWNTOWN — Twenty six teens were arrested Wednesday night around the Loop after a group of as many as 500 young people flooded Downtown streets.

The incident started about 8:30 p.m., when hundreds of teens came Downtown in large groups. Some 200 officers followed the teens around the Loop.

The Chicago Tribune reported that several fights broke out among the teens, many of whom are in high school.

By the end of the night, 20 boys and six girls were arrested and charged with misdemeanors like disruption of peace, a police spokeswoman said. All of those charged were underage.

The large groups continued to walk around Downtown until about 10:30 p.m.

Chicago Public Schools is on spring break this week.

The Downtown area has seen similar large crowds in the past, with large groups of teens coordinating their plans to walk around Downtown in the spring and summer.