A new tenant in a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side has already worn out their welcome after a massive party caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to several properties.
Aside from the financial cost, there was the ever-present noise of honking cars and party-goers, who were at the house until the early hours of the morning earlier this week.
“The entire street was filled with cars,” neighbor Keith Pacourek said. “You couldn’t move.”
A cellphone video taken at about 6 a.m. Sunday morning shows numerous cars driving on front lawns in the neighborhood, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
“It’s not like they were carefully driving just trying to get out. They were flying down these lawns,” Kristal Stosic said.
One landscaper estimated that the damage caused by the cars at more than $17,000 for a property on the block.
“Everybody’s furious,” Stosic said. “We are a very close-knit neighborhood.”
Neighbors told NBC 5 that a new renter recently moved into the house and hosted the party, but that they rarely see him. They also found flyers promoting the party on their street.
The city of Chicago says that police have been advised of the issue, and that the alderman’s office will hold a meeting with the landlord and area residents on Friday night.
Meanwhile, the property management company says that the tenant has already been served an eviction notice.
“I really care about it because all my family lives in this neighborhood,” property owner Marcelino Campos said.
The eviction process could take several weeks, according to legal experts. Anyone with concerns about unlicensed parties or activities can call 311 for more information.