Category Archives: River North

Death Of Off-Duty CPD Officer Part Of Rise In Violence and Crime In River North

Chicago (CBS) — Flashing lights are no stranger to one of the wealthiest parts of Chicago. The River North area, known for its nightlife and restaurants, is in a police district that’s experienced more than a 60 percent increase in crime in the past four years.

Homicides are rare, but the overnight killing of an off-duty Chicago police officer happened within a seven-minute walk of another River North murder.

Only two weeks ago, Thurman Bailey died while working security outside the now-shuttered Sound Bar.

Police announced the arrest of Armond Williams Friday. They say Williams fired his gun during a fight with the bouncer.

Saturday is the one-year anniversary of Miguel Beedle’s murder. He was outside a River North club when police say Gino Bassett saw Beedle counting cash, followed him to an alley and tried to rob him. Bassett is accused of stabbing the father of three in the neck, killing him.

Robbery also appears to be the motive of a River North mystery woman.

Police believe she targeted partygoers by posing as an Uber and Lyft driver, then robbing riders at least nine different times last summer.

CBS 2 asked police — what’s up with crime in River North?

“Anywhere you go, if you mix alcohol and people with illegal guns, there’s a possibility something could occur,” CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson said.

But, the superintendent was mostly talking about thefts and disturbances. As for the double digit increase of overall crime in the neighborhood?

“We’ll certainly dig into it and see if there is a particular pattern down there,” Johnson said.

Within a half-mile radius of the latest River North tragedy, police data shows 20 serious incidents in a span of only two weeks.

Chicago police say in addition to its patrols in the area, River North is also well-covered by surveillance cameras run by both the city and private businesses.

CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson ‘Disgusted’ By Fatal Shooting Of Off-Duty Officer John Rivera

CHICAGO (CBS)– Chicago Police Supt. Supt. Eddie Johnson addressed the media Saturday around noon after off-duty officer John Rivera, 23, was fatally shot in River North. 

Police confirm Rivera and three other individuals were sitting in a parked car when two men approached their vehicle near Clark and Huron Street. One man showed a handgun and started shooting around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The offenders fled the scene.

Johnson said he was “disgusted” by the unprovoked attack against a group of individuals who went to “unwind on a Friday night.”

Johnson said Rivera, a two-year CPD veteran, worked in the 6th District with his son. He described Rivera as “very eager to serve the citizens of this city.” He said Rivera loved going out on patrol and solving problems.

One person of interest, who is not thought to be the shooter, is being questioned. Johnson said police are looking for at least two more individuals.

Detectives are recovering video from both city and private cameras to locate the shooter, according to Johnson.

“We have very good video of this heinous attack,” he said. “Mark my words, we will find them.”

BREAKING: First Degree Murder Charges Filed Against Villa Park Man In Fatal Sound Bar Shooting

CHICAGO (CBS)–A Villa Park man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a security guard at River North nightclub Sound Bar on March 8

Thurmond Bailey, 28, was killed while working security at the club on the 600 block of North Franklin in the early morning hours when shots broke out. Another man, 58, was wounded, police said.

(Chicago Police)

Armond Williams, 37, was arrested March 20, and has since been charged with two felony counts of first-degree murder.

Williams was part of a group of people who were denied access to the club, police said.

A fist fight broke out before Williams pulled out a gun and started firing at Williams, according to police.

Williams was identified from surveillance images from outside the club.

He was scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.

MISSING: Meilun Wu, 17, Last Seen In River North

CHICAGO (CBS)– Meilun Wu, 17, has been reported missing and was last seen in the River North area, according to the Chicago police.

Meilun Wu, 17, missing

Police said the 17-year-old is  5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds.

Wu was last seen on the 600 Block of north Clark Street wearing a dark hat, black jacket with white fur trim, pink top, dark blue jeans and dark gym shoes with white accent near the bottom.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Chicago Police Area Central SVU Detectives at 312-747-8380.

Chicago’s One-Bedroom Renters Paying More Than Last Year

CHICAGO (CBS)–Spring is finally starting to show up, and as temperatures (hopefully) start to rise, rent prices in Chicago are are also on the uptick–according to apartment listing platform Zumper, a site that tracks nationwide rent trends.

The average rent price a year ago in Chicago was about 6 percent lower than it is now, according to the data. Month-to-month rent cost fluctuations have been incremental, however, with the price of a one-bedroom falling less than one percent in January, February and March of 2019.

A two-bedroom cost 4 percent less in March 2019 compared to a year ago.

Current price data for this month shows the average price of a one-bedroom in Chicago is $1,560 per month–a $60 increase from January when the rental market typically cools off.

A two-bedroom in January cost an average of $1,850 and in March it was $1,890.

Chicago has the 16th-highest rent in the nation, so rent costs for a one or two bedroom apartment are relatively reasonable when compared to many other urban cities, according to March 2019 data from Zumper.

In San Francisco, where renters pay the highest rent in the nation, the city had the most expensive one-bedroom rent ever last month, jumping 3.1 percent to $3,690 for a one-bedroom, Zumper says.

A two-bedroom in San Francisco was $3,300–a .2 percent month-to-month drop.

New Yorkers pay an average of $2,870 for a one-bedroom and $3,300 for a two-bedroom, the second most expensive U.S. city. San Jose has the third-highest apartment costs, with a one-bedroom costing an average of $2,540. San Jose renters shell out an average of $2,540 per month for a two-bedroom rental.

For Chicagoans, rental costs vary drastically by neighborhood. River North is the most expensive neighborhood to rent in, according to Zumper’s analysis, which showed renters pay an average of $2,290 for a one-bedroom.

The West Loop was the second most expensive at an average of $2,200.

Neighborhoods priced closer to the city’s average include Bucktown, East Village and Ukranian Village.

The most affordable neighborhoods are Chinatown, Belmont Cragin and Hermosa.


Sound Bar In River North Closed After Fatal Shooting

CHICAGO (CBS)–A popular River North night club has been shut down less than a week after a bouncer was shot and killed.

Thurman Bailey, 28, was shot and killed outside Sound Bar, a nightclub where he worked as a bouncer. (Photo provided to CBS)

Chicago police taped a notice this week on the door of the club at 226 W. Ontario St. ordering it closed.

Police say the club is a public safety threat because last Friday’s shooting was connected to employees and patrons.

Two people were shot–one fatally–outside the club after a fight broke out in the early-morning hours of March 8.

A 58-year-old man associated with the club was wounded and a 28-year-old bouncer, Thurman Bailey—was killed.

Bailey’s mother said her son was shot by someone who was turned away at the door.





Block Where Bouncer Was Killed Is The Most Dangerous In River North

CHICAGO (CBS) — The River North block where a bouncer was killed at a popular bar is the most dangerous block in the neighborhood.

People who live there say the area tends to get very busy at night and crowds lead to a whole lot of crime.

Chicago police investigate after two people were shot outside Sound Bar in the River north neighborhood. (Source: CapturedNews)

Chaos erupted after a brawl led to a shooting outside Sound Bar.

Thurman Bailey, a 28-year-old bounder at the night club, was shot and killed.

Thurman Bailey, 28, was shot and killed outside Sound Bar, a nightclub where he worked as a bouncer. (Photo provided to CBS)

“People running into sidewalks. Individuals running into cars,” said Jared Forman, who lives across from the bar.

CBS 2 scoured a Chicago police crime database and found that out of the nearly three square miles River North Covers, the block where Sound Bar is located is the most violent by far.

Since 2014 there have been 41 violent crimes in the 200 block of West Ontario.

In comparison the average block in River North has had a little more than six violent crimes in the last five years.

“When you have a pattern of abuse of liquor licenses on this specific one neighborhood, it begs the question, ‘Why aren’t the city regulators cracking down on these people?’” said Ald. Brendan Riley (42nd).

Reilly said his family lives about 100 feet from where the shooting happened.

Now with a gun related death at Sound Bar, he’s asking the Chicago police department for a summary closure.

“There are provisions in the code that do allow the city’s commissioner and Department of Public Affairs to shut them down while we sort through the facts of this case,” he said.

It’s something some people hope will lead to change.

“It’s feeling too risky,” business owner April Parrella said. “It’s feeling very risky around here.”

The Law Department and the Department of Business Affairs will look at the facts and video footage and determine if the summary closure is appropriate.

Just a few blocks away is the 600 block of North Franklin, the second most violent in River North.

String Of Robberies In River North, Streeterville Prompt Police Warning

CHICAGO (CBS)–Chicago police issued a community alert Friday warning North Side residents about a string of robberies reported between Jan. 5 and 29 in the Streeterville and River North neighborhoods.

All the robberies follow the same pattern. A group of two to four men approach a person on a cell phone and forcibly grab it from their hands, according to police.

After two of the robberies, the suspects fled in a black four-door sedan, police said.

The robberies occurred on the following dates and locations: 

500 North Rush Street, in the River North neighborhood, on Jan. 5

100 block of East Huron Street, in Streeterville, on Jan. 9

300 block of East Illinois, in Streeterville, on Jan. 9 and 10

600 block of North Wells Street, in River North, on Jan. 21

100 block of East Ohio Street, in River North, on Jan. 28

The suspects are all black males between the ages of 15 and 21, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8380.

Police offered the following tips if you become a victim:

-Remain Calm

-Remember any unique physical characteristics on the assailant(s).

-Call 911 immediately