Loyola closed its downtown Water Tower Campus (WTC) early Aug. 10 due to “some widespread and ongoing looting and rioting in downtown Chicago,” an email from Campus Safety to the university community said.
“As a precaution, the Water Tower Campus will be closed today to all students, faculty, and staff,” the email said.
A number of Michigan Avenue storefronts — only blocks away from WTC — were shattered, including Omega, Ralph Lauren and Jimmy Choo, pictures showed.
There wasn’t any damage done to Loyola’s buildings at WTC, according to a university spokesperson Anna Rozenich.
Over the course of Aug. 9-10, more than 100 individuals were arrested for looting, disorderly conduct and battery against police and 13 police officers were injured during riots and looting on North Michigan Avenue, Police Supt. David Brown said during an Aug. 10 press conference.
During the press conference, Brown said the riots and looting were instigated after police returned fire during a shooting involving a man in Englewood Aug. 9. Shortly after, Brown said crowds began to gather and social media posts encouraging looting circulated online.
“This was not an organized protest, rather this was an incidence of pure criminality,” Brown said. “Criminals took to the streets with the confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions.”
Brown also said two people were shot during the rioting overnight — one civilian and a security guard.
As a result of the riots and shootings, access to downtown Chicago will be restricted from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the coming days.
Campus Safety said its department and the Chicago Police Department are patrolling and monitoring the area.