Articles By Bob Chiarito

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park Primary category in which blog post is published

Bridgeporters Say Bat-Wielding Vigilantes Are Terrorizing Peaceful Protesters, Neighbors

"It is absolutely not appropriate for people to take up arms, bats, pipes, whatever in ... patrolling neighborhoods," Mayor Lightfoot said of Wednesday night's crowd at 31st and Princeton.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop Primary category in which blog post is published

On Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row, Some Cautiously Reopen — Others Are Waiting It Out

Spacing rules have also cut down on capacity at many restaurants. At City Winery, the capacity is down to 54 from 200.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park Primary category in which blog post is published

85 Windows Broken At Special Needs Elementary School In Norwood Park

After a neighbor called police, officers arrived to find the neighborhood man smashing the windows with a golf club.

Downtown Primary category in which blog post is published

Stop Sharing Unchecked Rumors On Social Media, Chicago’s Top Cop And Black Organizers Urge: Memes Are ‘Inciting Racialized Violence’

"We need your help with rumors on social media that fuel some of the divisiveness in our city," Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said. "This is fueling more and more anxiety, more and more anger."

Downtown Primary category in which blog post is published

Loop Restaurant Looks To Start A Wave Of Positive Messages On Boarded-Up Businesses

After someone threw a bottle of Woodford whisky through The Marq restaurant, the owners and the employees tried to spruce up the board up.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town Primary category in which blog post is published

Hidden Gas Can Rumors Not Verified, Police Say — And Fire Department Says Things ‘Calming Down’ After Brutal Weekend

Social media posts about gas cans in Chicago alleys and sections of town being "burnt to ashes" are unfounded, officials said.

Englewood, Chatham Primary category in which blog post is published

With Squad Cars Vandalized, Set On Fire, Police Use CTA Buses To Respond To Looting, Vandalism Overnight

The bus, driven by a CTA driver, contained 15 officers and a sergeant and would go from “hot spot” to “hot spot” where looting was going on but would usually only scare off the looters, police said.

Englewood, Chatham Primary category in which blog post is published

Activists Beg People Looting Chicago: Please Don’t Destroy Our Neighborhoods

“I know they’re desperate,” said Asiaha Butler of Resident Association of Greater Englewood. “This puts trauma on the very people that help those individuals."

Downtown Primary category in which blog post is published

As Chicago Cleans Up From Fires And Theft Following Protests, Shop Owners Pick Up The Pieces

The day after protesters and police clashed downtown, shop owners took stock of the damage. Fire-ravaged police squad cars were still on the streets.