North Avenue Beach was closed Friday, hours after it was officially opened for swimming, after it was set on fire during a major battle, according to Chicago police.
No injuries have been reported.
According to police, about 80 to 100 teenagers gathered on the beach around 1:30 p.m. when the brawl broke out, and one of them opened fire.
There were no shooting casualties. One boy was taken into custody, but police said they had not recovered the gun.
North Avenue Beach will be closed indefinitely, but bike paths will remain open, police said. Police said bags were being checked at several checkpoints along the coast.
All 22 Chicago beaches opened Friday.
Brandon Ellington, Brittany Ball and Miguel Segundo stopped by the beach on Friday afternoon but were kicked off the beach after the shooting. Friday was Ball and Segundo’s only chance to hit the beach for the weekend.
“Today is my first day off of the week, and then I’ll be working until the weekend,” Ball said. “This was my day.”
Three friends wanted to enjoy their first weekend on the open beach. “What a wonderful start to summer,” said Segundo.
Mikayla Willis flew in from St. Louis for the weekend to celebrate her son’s seventh birthday. They started the day in Chinatown before hitting the beach on Friday afternoon.
Willis said he didn’t know about the shooting until he got to the beach.
“Unfortunately it happens. But I’m still going to enjoy the weekend,” said Willis. “[Shootings] It seems to have become a part of life now. ”
Willis said he still plans to visit the city’s beaches during his stay.
“It’s important to not be afraid to try and live your life,” she said.