Businesses on Chicago’s near West Side were getting cleanup support Monday from neighbors and customers. In Logan Square, a group of volunteers was sweeping glass from the smashed front window at Farmer’s Pride and Produce. In West Humboldt Park, Emily Stevens and friends were sweeping up glass and debris. Stevens is a physician’s assistant student in suburban Downer’s Grove and on summer break.
“I know you can’t clean up everything until you get insurance photos and we didn’t want to affect that,” Stevens said about their efforts. She said she’s new to the area and just wanted to help however she could.
Mohammad Abunasser, manager at Smoke and Snack Time, said he closed up the shop about 9 p.m. Sunday and looters broke in about 4 o’clock this morning. The shop sells everything from medical masks to potato chips to drinks. Abunasser said he’s been trying to make a report to police, who told him to call 311, but he hasn’t been able to get through.
He estimated there’s about $10,000 in damages. Ahmad Abunasser from the shop next door, Smoke Garden, said his family-owned business will have to be closed for about a month.