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Farmer's Pride Produce and Market in Logan Square

At Farmer’s Pride Produce and Market in Logan Square, store customers and neighbors volunteered to help clean up.

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PHOTOS: Days Of Looting Leave Chicago Businesses Scrambling

As Chicago braced for another night of protests over the death of George Floyd, business owners downtown and throughout the city’s neighborhoods were still reeling Sunday and Monday from destruction and looting, following what started as peaceful protests. The smashing of windows and theft of merchandise only compounded the problems of many shops and stores that have been hit hard by stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

At least 45 — and possibly upwards of 130 — businesses were vandalized downtown Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to two Loop business organizations. Many more were hit in other areas of the city on Sunday evening. Owners and volunteers have spent the following days cleaning up broken glass and other damage, assessing their losses, and prepping for more nights of protests.

Here’s what the destruction looked like throughout the city on Sunday and Monday.

Content warning: The signs or graffiti in some photos contain language that may be offensive to some people.

West Side

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At Smoke Garden in the West Humboldt neighborhood, right, owner Ahmad Abunasser says they will probably have to stay closed for about a month. Loop Liquors at Chicago and Ashland avenues was raided, but the restaurant next door did not appear to suffer any damage. Carrie Shepherd/WBEZ

A condo building in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood

A condo building in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

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Signs on boarded up businesses in Wicker Park. Michael Lansu/WBEZ

North Side

Apple Bite Mart in Lakeview

Apple Bite Mart in Lakeview began boarding up its business in anticipation of more protests on Monday night.

Katherine Nagasawa/WBEZ

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In anticipation of an evening protest at the Belmont Red Line, many Lakeview businesses board up. Katherine Nagasawa/WBEZ

A sign on The Inkling Shop in Lakeview

A sign on The Inkling Shop in Lakeview.

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South Side

Multiple businesses had windows broken at 46th and Ashland

Multiple businesses had windows broken at 46th and Ashland.

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Multiple businesses had windows broken at 46th and Ashland

Multiple businesses had windows broken at 46th and Ashland.

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Kimbark Liquors, left, and Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen in Hyde Park's Kimbark Plaza posted signs on their windows asking looters not to target their busineses. Natalie Moore/WBEZ

The Loop

Workers sweeping up at Macy's on State Street

Workers sweeping up at Macy’s on State Street.

Marc Monaghan

The interior of Macy's on State Street has been looted and gratified

The interior of Macy’s on State Street has been looted and graffitied.

Marc Monaghan

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At the Macy's store, on the corner of State and Washington streets, a door is smashed, left, and display windows are boarded up. Marc Monaghan/WBEZ

Broken Starbucks window

A broken window on the Starbucks on the corner of South Wabash Avenue and East Jackson Street.

Marc Monaghan

Damage and graffiti at 2 North Wabash Avenue

Damage and graffiti at 2 North Wabash Avenue.

Marc Monaghan

A view into a Potbelly's on South Wabash Avenue. Marc Monaghan/WBEZ

Film dropped on the sidewalk of Central Camera at 230 S. Wabash Ave. Marc Monaghan/WBEZ

Central Camera interior devastation

The looted and burnt storefront display area of Central Camera at 230 South Wabash Avenue.

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Nick Boskovich store owner

Nick Boskovich, owner of Hi-Vibe organic juice shop at Kinzie and Lasalle was sweeping up broken glass Sunday morning. Boskovich said he was worried more damage would happen tonight.

Bridges up along Chicago River

Bridges up along the Chicago Rivers following a night of protest.

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A man sits with his belongings near the Wabash and Madison CTA station.

A man sits with his belongings near the Wabash and Madison CTA station. Service was suspended on all CTA buses and trains starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

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A man pushes a shopping cart north along the South Wabash sidewalk. Marc Monaghan/WBEZ

Boarded up windows and door of Champs Sports on South State Street. Marc Monaghan/WBEZ

Girls on Divvy bikes

Two young women look through a box of looted merchandise they found on the sidewalk.

Marc Monaghan

Michigan Avenue

Nike store looted

A Chicago Police Officer exits the looted Nike Store on Michigan Avenue.

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A broken window of a Fifth Third Bank branch at Wacker Drive and State Street. Marc Monaghan/WBEZ

Volunteers clean debris from planters and the sidewalk along Michigan Avenue. Marc Monaghan/WBEZ

Defaced Starbucks

A woman walks by of a looted and defaced Starbucks on Michigan Avenue.

Marc Monaghan

A man throws broken glass in a dumpster. Marc Monaghan/WBEZ

Grafitti on a sign on North Michigan Avenue. Tracy Brown/WBEZ

Donut box police

The last doughnut.

Marc C. Monaghan


Binny's Beverage Depot in north suburban Skokie had windows smashed out. Monica Eng/WBEZ

At Bess Friedman's Jewelry in Orland Park, looters smashed jewelry counters. Beth Follenweider/WBEZ

Mary Hall is a digital producer at WBEZ. Follow her @hall_marye. Katherine Nagasawa is WBEZ’s audience engagement producer. Follow her @Kat_Nagasawa.

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