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