CHICAGO — Dozens of merchants on Tuesday were left surveying the damage left behind after Chicago Blackhawks fans poured into the streets to celebrate the team’s second Stanley Cup win in four years.
In all, more than 30 businesses suffered some sort of damage, from broken windows to looted inventory.
“Whoever was in charge of planning this thing, pushing everybody this way, they should have known better,” said Sean Tehrani, the owner of the Basil Leaf Cafe, in the 2400 block of North Clark Street. “They closed the Red Line.
They didn’t have any buses going through. They didn’t have any cabs going through. These people walked all the way from Wrigley [Field] to here.”
At the Lakeview Smoke Shop nearly three blocks to the north, owner Aadil Khan showed off surveillance footage that showed one reveler smashing the front window. Others then helped themselves to what was inside.
“They smashed the window and took everything in the window,” he said.