Sunday, March 16, 2014

IT AIN'T EASY BEING GREEN: St. Pat's Festivities Rack Up 21 Arrests, 17 Ambulance Runs In Wrigleyville



CWB estimates that 21 people were taken into police custody during Wrigleyville's Saturday-into-Sunday St. Patrick's binge.

But there was only one tazing. (Rats!)

28 batteries were witnessed or otherwise confirmed by police. Few were formalized with police reports.

Ambulances took at least 17 people to area hospitals and officers were tied up with at least 19 calls from cab drivers who had disputes with their passengers over payment.

Here, now, are the notable moments in this year's green-laden blow out in the area (with a splash of Lincoln Park tossed in):

12:36PM - Huge party in an apartment, 600 block of Cornelia. It's big, it's loud, and people are urinating out the windows.

1:07PM - Woman down in the rest room at Casey Moran's. Ambulance hauls her away.

2:02PM - Dust-up outside of Deuce's and The Diamond, 3505 Clark.

2:21PM - Order: Have party buses move on. If they idle outside of bars, the party will set up in the street.

2:25PM - Battery just occurred. Woman vs. woman at Roscoe and Clark.

2:37PM - Woman is thrown from a cab, has cut on her head. Ambulance en route. 3510 Clark.

2:39PM - The woman thrown from the cab is now refusing all police and medical services.

2:47PM - Neighbors near Clark and Waveland think the Red Bull truck is too loud.

2:51PM - Battery in progress on a Red Line train at Belmont. Caller says a drunk guy poured beer on him.

2:58PM - 19-year-old male huffing cans of computer duster inside the McDonalds at Lincoln and Halsted.

3:05PM - 20-year-old man down and unresponsive outside of Fusion Hair Studio. 3353 N. Clark. Ambulance scoops him away to Thorek Hospital.

3:15PM - Officers see a fight break out near Rebel Bar and Grill, 3462 N. Clark.

3:17PM - Large fight inside and outside of the apartment building at 536 Addison.

3:19PM - Over on the 3300 block of Marshfield, a man's driving a silver Volvo on the sidewalk.

3:30PM - 2 people about to fight inside Improv Olympic, 3541 N Clark.

3:32PM - Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner. The first arrest of the day takes place after a fight breaks out at Stretch Bar, 3485 N. Clark.

3:40PM - A white man in a green shirt is spitting on the door people at Rebel bar. He's the second arrest of the day.

3:48PM - Man down in the alley behind Cubby Bear. Officer cancels ambulance because the man is "one of our regular homeless gentlemen."

4:01PM - Back at Improv Olympic, a group of people are pounding on the door. IO wants them removed.

4:13PM - Third arrest of the day. This time it's at Red Ivy, 3519 N. Clark.

4:14PM - Another fist fight at Rebel.

4:28PM - Officers witness a fight outside of Deuce's and the Diamond, 3505 N. Clark.

4:52PM - CTA security holds two battery offenders at the Belmont Red Line station. CPD case HX186139

5:50PM - A woman is passed out, face down in the snow, at Fremont and Sheridan.

5:55PM - Description of a suspected shoplifter at Walgreens, 1001 Belmont: Five-foot-tall black man wearing a Mickey Mouse hat.

6:27PM - A SWAT saturation team is on its way to help.

6:38PM - Unrelated to the St. Pat's festivities: An airline delivery driver drops off some recovered lost luggage to a woman in the 1300 block of Cornelia. She punches him in the mouth because the bags are late. CPD case HX186260.

6:49PM - SWAT team's here.

6:53PM - Two men fighting at Byron and Southport.

6:56PM - Two arrested for fighting at Red Ivy.

7:00PM - A 20-year-old Lakeview woman is passed out at 1125 Addison. Cops give her a ride home.

7:03PM - Officers see a fight in progress at Sheffield and Clark.

7:21PM - A vice enforcement team enters Red Ivy. Someone inside the bar decides it'd be a good idea to try to fight with them. Arrest made for aggravated battery to a police officer. CPD case #TBD.

7:35PM - A white man in a green shirt was seen staggering and falling down as he traversed the 3800 block of Lakewood. The man is currently lying unconscious on top of a silver car. The car alarm is going off.

7:44PM - 911 calls waiting for an officer to become available in the 19th district: Someone "attacked" a citizen's dog near Ashland and Berteau; disturbance in the 3400 block of Clark; disturbance 3700 Halsted; battery report needed at Weiss Hospital; and one prisoner in the district lock-up needs to go to the hospital for medication.

7:54PM - Fight inside John Barleycorn.

7:57PM - 3 to 4 men fighting at 3418 Clark.

8:11PM - 53-year-old man is drunk, on the ground, and he can't walk. In the alley at 3455 Southport.

8:13PM - Send an ambulance to the Taco Bell by Wrigley Field. A woman has apparently been hit by a car or beaten by a man. The get-away vehicle is described as a very dark gray or black BMW with a 20-something-year-old white male riding on its roof. CPD battery case HX186418.

8:31PM - You won't believe this. Remember about an hour ago when that vice cop was battered inside Red Ivy? Well, the fire marshal just showed up at Red Ivy and he brought his ticket book.

8:32PM - Two men fighting inside the McDonald's at Lincoln and Halsted.

8:56PM - A man fell down, hit his head, and now blood is pouring out of his mouth. 950 W. Addison.

8:56PM - Three "friends" stole a bunch of liquor from a man's house at Sheffield and Waveland.

9:02PM - 10 to 15 people fighting in front of Vines on Clark, 3554 Clark.

9:13PM - Man and woman having sex in the alley at 3521 Seminary.

9:16PM - Woman passed out in the John Barleycorn rest room.

9:34PM - Dust-up at Rebel.

9:45PM - A 24-year-old woman took several pills, she's drunk, unconscious and, unfortunately, inside Old Crow Smokehouse, 3506 Clark. She is ambulanced away.

10:07PM - Ambulance needed for a woman who's "unable to walk or talk." Inside the new Walgreens at Clark and Diversey.

10:11PM - Bouncer vs. drunk at Slugger's. Police take the drunk. Bouncer goes about his duties.

10:17PM - Several calls of three green-shirted men fighting on the street at 928 Oakdale.

10:22PM - Battery in progress. 3500 block of Sheffield. A man came into the caller's third-floor apartment and began fist-fighting with a male occupant. Ambulance #1 is called for the man who entered the apartment. He is described by officers as "out of his mind on something" and gets whisked away to St. Joseph Hospital. Then. a second ambulance is called for the victim who struggled with the "crazy" guy. The victim is taken to Thorek Hospital.

11:17PM - An officer dubs Clark and Addison "the epicenter of nonsense."

11:31PM - Ambulance on the way for a battery victim at the Belmont Red Line station.

11:51PM - Police ask for an ambulance to take away a man who is "unbelievably intoxicated" outside of Flaco's Tacos, 3530 Clark. He is hospitalized.

SUNDAY

12:03AM - Two people fighting in the street at Clark and Aldine.

12:03AM - The public transportation police commander reports 10 to 12 people fighting, including a man with a knife, at Clark and School. The man with a knife is said to be black and wearing a leather jacket with khaki pants. He is not found.

12:18AM - Drunk down 558 Aldine. Ambulance whisks him to Illinois Masonic.

12:20AM - Police call for an ambulance for a man who cannot move and is unresponsive outside of Sluggers, 3540 Clark.

12:27AM - In an apartment at 505 Belmont, a woman is said to have "been drinking for too many days and now she’s violent."

12:32AM - Seminary and Newport: Man down, blood flowing from his head.

12:50AM - The doorman at 3400 Lake Shore Drive calls 911 after a bloody man walks into the lobby and passes out.

12:56AM - Five men fighting at 3244 N. Sheffield.

12:58AM - Fight inside Dimo's Pizza, 3463 Clark.

1:00AM - Taser time! After a unit asks for several back-up cars, two unruly celebrants are arrested at John Barleycorn. Officers had to taze one of them.

1:08AM - A customer has broken out a window at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison.

1:10AM - Two men fighting, one bleeding from the face at Red Ivy.

1:13AM - Kinda busy tonight, so the 20th district is going to loan us a paddy wagon.

1:19AM - At Cubby Bear, a woman is bleeding from the face and "looks like she's about to fall out." An ambulance is called, but she manages to snap out of her daze and walk away.

1:20AM - Female unconscious at Metro, 3730 Clark.

1:44AM - One arrest for battery at the McDonald's across from Wrigley Field. Victim taken away by ambulance. CPD battery record HX186656.

1:49AM - Send an ambulance to Clark and Eddy. "He's breathing, but he's totally knocked out."

2:09AM - Fight inside Moe's Cantina. Ambulance hauls away someone who was hit with a bottle.

2:35AM - Fight outside of Deuce's and the Diamond Club.

2:55AM - Officers witness criminal damage to property take place at John Barleycorn. One arrest. CPD case HX186680.

3:25AM - Fight inside 7-Eleven at Sheffield and Addison. Criminal damage to property case #HX186708.
Fighting Leprechaun Image: The Cleveland Fan (Modified)
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60 comments:

  1. 21 reasons I'm glad I don't drink and 17 reasons I'm glad I stayed home!

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    1. 21 reasons why I drink. Responsibly and way the fuck away from all these bars.

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  2. Kind of a quiet night - Right ? I did hear on the radio that supervisors were asking the afternoon cars that get off at 11 or midnight to volunteer to work overtime. That would give them maybe 8 or 10 extra police officers ? To bad we are down 125 or so officers. I am sure Tunny hit the streets to see how well his plan for no violence was working out after the promise he got from bar owners.

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    1. And no one did. When you work for bosses like Voulgaris, Plotke, and their ilk, why would you?

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    2. first of all you guys should know that wriglyville and boystown are 2 different places moron's...

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    3. The comander is definitely bad to work for. Poor decision maker. He cuts an entire tact team at 9:00pm and then asks for beat cars to do OT and requests cars from numerous other districts. Why? Just dumb.

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    4. Part of Wrigleyville actually intersects with what is referred to as boys town actually. So while they are generally distinct there is a small portion which are held in common.
      You should be more distressed that Lincoln and Halsted were referred to as wrigleyville or boystown seeing as it is 100% in Lincoln Park.

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    5. We DID mention that " a splash of Lincoln Park" was included.

      Now, about Champaign-Urbana and Dallas Fort Worth and Winston Salem and Streeterville/Gold Coast and...

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    6. You go, CWB! I believe you guys could do it all. Seriously though, we are SO lucky to have you guys covering our (your) neighborhood. If I lived in another one and knew about the ass that you're kicking around here, I'd be pissed there was no one doing what you do in my neighborhood!
      I, for one, am beyond grateful for the light you have so accurately and professional shared with me and the lucky neighbors who know you exist. Now, how to get more people aware of this blog???

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    7. Thank you, Anonymous. Your kind words are sincerely appreciated.

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  3. Someone needs to stop these bars. Rahm has no idea how to run a city and who knows who is in charge.

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    1. It was St. Patrick's Day. Insert any bar's name in any busy area of the city and it was to be expected.

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    2. rahm was at SXSW. Not even in the state

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    3. Legalize weed its does no harm just saying and this doesn't help the case for alcohol....

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    4. This is fucking hilarious by the way lol

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    5. It's comments such as "rahm was at SXSW. Not even in the state" that discredit the cause of bringing attention to the deplorable situation in the 19th Pct and attempting to get the attention of the politicians. Know the facts and we all look like we are really concerned with the issue rather than just using an important site to bash the Mayor.

      Rahm was in Chicago yesterday marching downtown, having returned from SXSW earlier in the week. And in my opinion, the trip to Austin is exactly what a Mayor of a city like ours should be doing given the efforts to increase tech employment (1871 at the Mart) in the city.

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  4. Interesting...the bars all noted are considered "straight."

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    1. Oh, don't worry. Pride is just around the corner...

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    2. There was a Halsted St. worker standing near Clark St. the afternoon of TBOX 2012 trying to capture proof that the straights are worse than the gays. I wish I had my video camera that day too.

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  5. http://www.suntimes.com/26228334-761/chicago-st-patricks-day-parade.html

    Like Rahmy, the S-T considers Chicago to be only the Loop, not a word about violence in Wrigleyville.
    What Pravda was to the Soviet Union's Kremlin is what the S-T and the Trib are to Chicago.

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  6. Quote of the Day: "the epicenter of nonsense."

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    1. the hub of shenanigans

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  7. I actually went down Clark Street (on purpose) with two of my friends just to observe the insanity. It was absolutely as out of control as the above post would indicate - think "aftermath of the Pride Parade" or "Cubs game just letting out" but lasting all day long. They had to re-route the 22 bus down Racine because of the situation on Clark. I personally saw a fight break out during this five-minute walk and also observed numerous ambulances and fire trucks blaring their horns at foll volume (for extended amounts of time) with no reactions from the mass of people.

    Although there were many cops out, it definitely looked to me like an emergency response situation. If they had enough manpower, they may have been able to prepare for this in advance, as anyone who has ever lived in Lakeview would be able to tell you that the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day is always a drunken mess on Clark and Halsted.

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  8. Plan ahead? How about that 18th annual pre-St Patrick's bar crawl last weekend. No one knew anything about it even thou it was the 18th annual one.

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  9. All in honor of a man who preached the peace of Christ. I guess he failed.

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  10. Live on Roscoe between Clark and Halsted--or hell and high water. When I drove down Halsted at about 1:00 AM, it seemed quieter than a normal Saturday/Sunday night. Earlier when I was heading up north to escape the insanity in this area, Clark street was a madhouse of drunken Irish wannabes as evidenced in this posting. I hope the Pride planners are talking to the people in Beverly about ways to clean up their act this summer. Actual enforcement by the police of no public drinking would help a lot. Last year police just walked by open ice chests full of beer.

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    1. The only time I have ever heard someone seeking advice from Beverly

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  11. Rode my bike through the area around 5 it was bad and getting worse at that time. Tear gas could have made it better.

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  12. Opening Day here we come!

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  13. Was at the Jewel on Broadway at around noon today. CPD was processing a crime scene at the TCF Bank branch. Two Jewel employees confirmed the bank was robbed again this morning

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  14. While the Tribune and Sun-Times have no comment on things in the neighborhood, Chicagoist does, and credits appropriately
    http://chicagoist.com/2014/03/16/21_arrests_17_ambulance_runs_in_wri.php

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  15. My two friends saw a CTA bus hit a pedestrian who got up and walked away on Clark near Grace.

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    1. The drunk idiots on Clark St LOVE to walk into traffic. It's ridiculous - I can't tell you how many times I've seen people oblivious to the fact that they were inches away from getting run over. I'm honestly surprised more people aren't run over every single weekend - but particularly on drinking holidays.

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  16. Funny how this doesn't make the paper or news media ever. Can't report on these good neighborhoods now can we.

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    1. they don't report on the 'bad' ones either. for the most part, there's a near media blackout on crime. the politicians (starting w/ mayor emanuel) don't want people to realize just how out of control things are...everywhere...without a sufficient amount of policemen. the conspiracy is how much power the media allow politicians to have in chicago. why? they are supposed to be investigating, reporting and being impartial.

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    2. If you complain about local media not covering your neighborhood and do nothing to support those outlets, i.e. subscribe to a paper, then you have nothing to complain about. It is a business with limited resources. You want them to cover your neighborhood, buy the paper so they can afford reporters to do it. And no, I do not work for a paper.

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    3. I didn't realize that Englewood residents were such avid consumers of news publications.

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    4. Exactly. Yet the media can report all day long about violence on the South or west sides.

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  17. Look at the bright side people. All these bars made a lot of money and paid a lot of City taxes. Not to mention the restaurants and stores. As well as the hospitals.

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    1. Every dollar will be diverted to paying for shit in other parts of the city. Like the DePaul stadium for a team that sells less than 2000 tickets per game and cop overtime on Michigan Ave and the South Side while our district loses another 25% of cops

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  18. The report above is one freak day in a neighborhood with a generally low crime rate. Shit like this happens every day in the south and west sides. Unfortunately, we can't erect giant barricades blocking off the cesspools south of Chinatown and west of Western, so we have to redistribute cops.

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    1. You are grossly underinformed about the changes taking place in this neighborhood and the lies told to us by our police department and politicians when they prepared to merge two police districts.

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    2. Obviously you weren't listening to the radio last night. They called in outside units from those same areas you find less desireable when they were released someone reminded them that there were openings to bid into the district. Quote one of those cars "you can keep this nonsense. Goodbye"

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    3. Anonymous (original one),
      "Generally low crime rate"? You must not have heard that we were #1 in robberies last year in ALL of Chicago. Yes, Commander Voulgaris confirmed this at a CAPS meeting last fall. The Tribune did an article about a month ago about police shortages and reported a "sliver of Lakeview" (Halsted Street between Belmont and Waveland approximately) to be #6 so far this year in robberies. Don't get me started on violent crime.
      By the way, a lot of crime is never reported (though it happened) so it's even worse than we hear in the news. Oh, never mind...not in the news...we almost never hear anything there. It is from CWB that we have any clue as to what is really going on. You might want to start reading this blog regularly to get up to speed.

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    4. Have you ever been to the "south and west sides" to even know what you're talking about? I doubt that entire sides of the city, the ENTIRE areas, are that bad. The city would declare warzones if the behavior which happens for St. Patrick's Day celebrations occurred in such a wide and pervasive manner.

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    5. Very true. It's hard to get guys to stay in 19. Not a very disireable place to work. Bosses are good, but the drunken BS is just not worh it.

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    6. If you think the west side starts at Western I'd take a guess and suggest you are from out of state and that you've only lived in the Lakeview/Lincoln Park area.

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    7. If you think people are leaving 019 because of the drunks, you are sadly mistaken. If you think the bosses are good, you must be a former 023 person. People are leaving because of the poor leadership, the results of the merge, and the way 019 people are treated by the old 023 people (see 3rd watch desk crew for starters, can't forget the ever personable tact lt. either). Cubs nonsense, the traffic, the drunks...that's just a little bonus aggravation.

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    8. LOL "cesspools west of Western" - 75% of the area that is west of Western is much safer and filled with MUCH better people than the out of state dickheads that occupy (and wreak havoc on) the Northside.

      On that note, I'm moving my way back to "the cesspools west of Western" as soon as my lease is up in the cesspool of Wrigleyville.

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  19. And marijuana is STILL illegal...

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    1. Yes, smokey, it is thank god

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    2. You mean thank the DEA for their department corrupting grants.

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  20. I noticed several instances of the young party men & women giving beers to out area homeless and vagrants. I don't think they need any more alcohol in them then they already do.

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  21. Just imagine how many people would be dead right now if there weren't city employees there to clean up the mess.

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  22. You are missing one, around 9ish a guy was bloody being taken away in a stretcher after he crapped his pants in front of Vines :)

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  23. Ah, good ol' yuppie aggression. When lightweight, sheltered, midwestern mouthbreathers who live boringly mediocre 9-5 lives have a few drinks and their bloated sense of entitlement gets bigger and mixed with ESPN fueled aggression in poorly maintained states of drunkedness.

    Not surprised about the fights at John Barleycorn, it's the ground zero for Big Ten style midwestern doucebagerry.

    Just another annual episode of St. Patrick's Day schadenfreude.

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  24. Pitiful. Chicago needs t do something with all these drunken thugs being such a vile nuisance to the community. Wish they'd put em on a boat and send em all back to Bollingbrook.

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    1. I think you mean Michigan/Ohio.

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  25. I loved every bit of the entertainment! I'll be sure to pedicab this event again next year!!!

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