New curfew placed on minors in Chicago


Cloud Gate

Gabby Dziekan , Staff Writer

 We are blessed to live in Naperville, being in such close proximity to the biggest cultural hub of the Midwest region. It has a lot of architectural value, as well as natural gems to enjoy too. Chicago is jam-packed with things to do year round. Many Neuqua kids go to the city in hopes to get out of the “bubble” and experience something new. Some parents don’t mind their kids having a trip to Chicago, they trust them to come back home safe, while other parents can have an opposite view. 

I know in my personal life I had to constantly beg my parents to let me even go to Lollapalooza. To me, Chicago was taught that it wasn’t as dangerous just from my peers at school, so why are my parents so against it? The city is so fresh, new and exhilarating. I thought that staying only in the loop or uptown can’t be that bad, until light of recent events. 

A 16 year old boy was shot and killed at Cloud Gate (AKA The Bean) May 16, 2022 at around 7 pm. In response, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 will be required to leave Millennium Park by 6 p.m. on weekend evenings. New curfew being 10pm instead of the usual 11pm for all minors in Chicago. A shooting in such a popular tourist attraction is practically unheard of. Infact, we are seeing a 220% increase in downtown Chicago shootings according to the Chicago Sun Times. Mayor Lori Lightfoot continues to push that Chicago is safe. However, in interviews she does admit that as a city we need to do better. ¨Downtown is really a very safe place. If you think about all of the people that are down here. The thousands and thousands of people — a few incidents, as horrible as they are, you know, it doesn’t make it bad for everybody,” said Michael Edwards, CEO of the Chicago Loop Alliance. It seems like there’s a lot of evidence for both sides of the equation. 

Mrs. Van-milligen, a veteran teacher in the English department  says, ¨Prior to all the violence, yes. I didn’t mind my children visiting Chicago, there’s so much the city has to offer I  wouldn’t want fear to take over, but I won’t lie, I do find it concerning it is in my head now more than ever.” 

Mr. Gregor, first year business teacher said ¨For when I do have kids, they will only be allowed to go when they are juniors and seniors. As an underclassmen you won’t be able to get around as well and run the risk of getting lost. I would educate my kids on what parts they should never visit, and what they should do if they are ever caught in a certain situation.”

If you’re ever planning on visiting Chicago anytime soon, remember to be aware of your surroundings and be mindful of what’s going on around you. If you’re taking the L to get around, know exactly which stops you need to get off at. And lastly, don’t stay out too late!