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12th Street Beach Under Watch

By Tim State in News on Jul 26, 2008 3:13PM

07-26-08_12th_Street_Beach.jpgWith the 12th Street Beach just south of Northerly Island, it has become a hot spot to listen to the music coming from the Charter One Pavilion. As many as 1,000 teens might gather on any given evening. But after about a half-dozen fights broke out amongst the crowd Thursday evening, police are now saying they will shut down the beach if further trouble erupts.

A spokesperson for the Chicago Park District told the S-T:

It is not our preference to close the beach, but we will close portions or all of the beach if it becomes a public safety issue.

O.A.R. was performing on Thursday, and the District anticipated a large teen crowd. Once it became apparent the crowd needed to be dissipated, Park District Security and Chicago Police acted very quickly. [S-T]

12th Street Beach photo by Antre.