Smashed store windows. Homemade fireworks. Chicagoans knew how to celebrate the Blackhawk's Stanley Cup win Monday night, with enthusiasm that sometimes turned violent.
But Chicago Police officials said the early-morning mayhem was basically peaceful. Police arrested 23 partiers last night on misdemeanor charges for breaking store windows in Lincoln Park and Lakeview, and other forms of reckless and disorderly conduct, but no felony charges were filed.
Officials said they also issued 21 tickets for minor, non-violent infractions, including drinking and urinating in public.
"Most celebrants were peaceful and enjoying the shear joy of the victory," said John Mirabelli, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
Police officials also said they were continuing to talk with business owners Tuesday to address the early morning vandalism.
Alderman Michele Smith, whose ward includes Lincoln Park, said the celebration was detrimental to many businesses in her area, which are now working quickly to replace their shattered windows.
"I don't call breaking the windows of 21 businesses to be anything related to partying. When people have a party at your house they don't break your windows," she said in a phone interview. "I'm really outraged at the behavior of the fans, and I will support prosecution of the people who participated in this."
Smith said she spent part of the day surveying the damage done to businesses on North Clark Street, including a local Starbucks, Five Guys, Bank of America, Domicile, a furniture store, and the Peasantry, a restaurant.
"Every window was broken in the Starbucks," she said. "Every window, really. What did the Starbucks do to these guys?"
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