They must have known they were up to some "risky business," but that wasn't enough to stop a group of North Shore teenagers from turning an unoccupied Winnetka home into a party house.
Edrita Braun, who moved out of the home in July, got a call from a concerned mother asking about a party going on at her old address.
Braun alerted police and headed for the home, where she found a side door open and empty beer cans littering the house. A group of teens are said to have drank, smoked and made themselves comfortable there for weeks.
According to WBBM radio, six students from New Trier High School and one each from Loyola Academy in Wilmette and Taft High School in Chicago were discovered inside the home.
Braun's attorney said damage to the house exceeds $10,000, with ruined clothes and broken belongings found throughout the home.
The eight teenagers were cited for underage drinking. WBBM named the 17-year-olds as Laird Patten of Winnetka; Anna Soltysiak and Christopher Losey of Chicago; Spencer Carey and Kathryn Brown of Wilmette; and Marie Conway and Eric Padgitt of Northfield. Also cited was a 16-year-old boy from Wilmette.