CHICAGO (CBS) — Some residents in Roscoe Village want a Western Avenue bar to give up its late night liquor license, claiming the bar is a nuisance of noise and crime.
Sarie Keller’s home is adjacent to the Bluelight, at 3251 N. Western Ave. She said, over the last several years, problems have escalated.
“Management changed around mid-2008 and from that point, the clientele of the bar changed. It became a very loud, very rowdy bar. People started parking all up and down Melrose in the neighborhood, illegally; on the sidewalks, on the parkways. Our house has been hit three times,” she said.
Keller said they’ve spent years talking with the city of Chicago, Ald. Scott Waguespack’s office, and the bar’s owners.
“We engaged for over a year of community meetings with the bar owners, telling them what the problems were, what they needed to do. They continue to say it’s not our problem, it’s not our customers,” she said.
The city has deemed the bar problematic, and has entered into a plan of operation with the bar, dictating what they have to do, but Keller said the bar hasn’t complied with any of the city’s demands.
“In the first day that it was effective, someone parked in the alley, directly under my window, with their windows open, music blasting, and sat there for 10 minutes having a conversation on their phone” she said.