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Officials Narrow Down Location Where Chicago House Party Was Held Despite Coronavirus

Officials have confirmed the location of the massive house party over the weekend to be on Chicago's West Side

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Officials say a house party that defied stay-at-home order restrictions and was condemned by Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the weekend after video went viral took place on Chicago's West Side.

The incident was tracked to the 2000 block of North Narragnsett Avenue, according to Ill. Rep. LaShawn Ford.

At 12:11 a.m., police were called to respond to a noise complaint at a house in the Galewood neighborhood, according to police reports.

Ford said the woman who owned the house was not home during the time her kids threw the party and was unaware it was happening.

"To say that they should practice social distancing because it will save your life, you should wear a face mask because it will save your life -- they don't see that," Ford said. "They don't see past the next minute."

During a coronavirus press briefing Monday, Lightfoot was asked about the massive house party, saying it goes against everything she has been telling Chicagoans to do amid the pandemic.

"Every single person who put themselves at risk, puts the next person at risk," Lightfoot said. "The next person that they come into contact with is at risk, and the next person that they come into contact with at risk."

Video if the party has prompted strong reactions from Lightfoot on Twitter, where she blasted partygoers for putting everyone around them in danger.

“I have seen the video which shows what appears to be a house party taking place inside a Chicago residence,” the mayor tweeted. “What was depicted on the video was reckless and utterly unacceptable.”

Lightfoot said in Monday's briefing that the exact location was still under investigation, but everyone involved holds responsibility.

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