Chicago shuts down 300-person party, businesses for violating COVID-19 rules

Updated 11/30/2020 6:32 PM

City officials shut down a party with about 300 attendees in a basement venue in the Wicker Park over the weekend, officials said Monday.

The venue was one of more than 300 businesses -- including one that allegedly held a party with 600 people -- cited for violations one month into citywide orders against indoor gatherings, dining and drinking.


Police were called to the illegal party early Sunday at The Vault in the 1600 block of West Division Street, according to a statement from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

No one was following social distancing protocols or was wearing face coverings, the agency said. Multiple citations were issued, including cease and desist orders and closure orders to the business "for throwing a dangerous and unlicensed commercial party."

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