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3 Taken Into Custody After Large Gathering of Young People at 31st Street Beach Turns Chaotic

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At least three people were taken into custody Wednesday night after a large gathering of young people at a Chicago beach turned chaotic.

According to officials, police were called Wednesday to the 3100 block of Lake Shore Drive around 8 p.m. for a disturbance.

Social media video from the incident shows a large crowd of young adults, along with a large police presence, at 31st Street beach.

The video show moments of skirmishes, along with people jumping on cars. At one point, video shows someone throwing a bottle at police.

According to officials, four people were arrested, three of them for gun-related offenses:

  • A 16-year-old male was charged with unauthorized use of a weapon after police spotted him with a handgun in his waistband around 8 p.m.
  • A man, 18, was found with a gun was charged with unauthorized use of a weapon
  • A man, 22, was charged with a misdemeanor count of concealed carry in a park facility
  • A woman, 27, was arrested for aggravated battery to an officer and resisting arrest

The "takeover" of 31st Street Beach, that was promoted anonymously on social media, gathering was relatively peaceful compared with other recent unsanctioned gatherings at North Avenue Beach, where partygoers pelted glass bottles at officers in May.

The incident comes nearly a month after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot changed the citywide curfew from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as imposed a new curfew for unaccompanied minors in Millennium Park.

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