|Photo credit:Metromix/Barry Brecheisen|
North Avenue Beach, 1600 North Lake Shore Drive, was closed abruptly on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2011.
Officials said the beach was shutdown due to several cases of heat-related illnesses. Others say the beach was closed because authorities feared a violent flash mob would create a chaotic scene; one the Chicago Police Department was ill-equipped to handle.
Although one Twitter user claims the beach was closed because of the presence of street gangs, he didn't post any pictures or video to backup his claim claims; nor did he cite any specific gang-related incidences.
"For those of you complaining about the north ave beach in #Chicago closing yesterday, you can thank the gang bangers for that," said one Twitter user.
This morning, city officials faced the task of cleaning up after yesterday's event. North Avenue Beach was littered with garbage: soda cans, food wrappers, and various debris were left behind at the beach.