One of the major tourist attractions in Chicago turned into a tourism threat Friday night when Chicago police responded to a large disturbance at Navy Pier that injured at least one person Friday night.
Chicago, known as the murder capital of the United States and big in promoting travel and tourism, has the famous Navy Pier as a city tourism attraction. It’s a 3,300-foot-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. The pier was built in 1916 at a cost of $4.5 million.
Around 9 pm Friday night this pier turned into a nightmare for tourists to visit. About 30 police officers blocked the entrance to the popular lakefront tourist attraction, saying it was temporarily closed. People were being allowed to leave Navy Pier.
Khaaliq Warner, a face painter at Navy Pier, said he saw a stampede of 50 people running away from the Winter Wonderfest area around 8 p.m. and saw three teenage boys handcuffed. People were talking about fights breaking out.
Winter Wonderfest was scheduled to go on at Navy Pier until 10 p.m. Friday night. People leaving a 7:30 p.m. performance of “A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater said the show ended and they left without hearing about a disturbance.