(Published Aug. 31, 2019)
By Jesse Wright
Chicago police assured New Eastside residents city officials are working on a legislative solution to noise caused by street performers.
One resident said he couldn’t talk inside a Starbucks at Adams and Michigan because of the noise from sidewalk performers beating on buckets while asking for money. He said when police asked the drummers to leave, one of the street musicians swore at the officer.
“It aggravated the heck out of me,” the man said.
A representative from Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office said the alderman is reviewing legislation to crack down on street performers.
“He’s working to make sure it’s good, clear legislation,” she said.
CAPS Sgt. Anthony Dombrowski added that sometimes people do not respect the police. He said on one evening in early August, a team of officers went to close the skate part at 9 p.m. but a teenage boy and a homeless person declined to leave.
“They didn’t care, they said, ‘we’re not leaving,’” Dombrowski said. This degenerated into a physical confrontation and the 15 year old hit the officer with a skateboard. The boy and a 30-year-old man who “appeared to be homeless” were both arrested. Both people pushed and spit on officers, Dombrowski said.
“Nobody was seriously hurt, two individuals were arrested including the 15 year old,” he said. “The point is, people don’t listen to us even when it’s clear. There was a sign right there that said the park closes at 9 p.m. … They presented a united front even though I don’t believe they knew each other.”
Dombrowski said protesters recently blocked Lake Shore Drive, and he said the protests could get more frequent as the 2020 federal election draws closer.
In addition, a woman who identified herself as a census employee said the coming 2020 census is still looking for workers, and she asked residents to check out job listings online at 2020census.gov/jobs.
The next CAPS meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at 400 E. Randolph.