Day Drinking, Crime Rates Rise With Warm Weather

Chicago is known across the country as one of the most segregated cities in the world, and, as the temperatures rise, the disparity between the south, west and north sides becomes more and more obvious. Spring has sprung in Chicago, and that means two things: an increase in violence on the south and west sides and an increase in day drinking among white citizens on the north side.

From rich financial bros in the near north side drinking vodka-Redbulls to DePaul students and yuppies in Lincoln Park drinking cheap beer, moscow mules and everything in between— people are drinking at all hours of the day.

“It’s just too nice out not to drink all day,” said Peter Mooney, a Wrigleyville resident who was drunk at 9 a.m. the day of the Cubs home opener. “What am I gonna do? Sit at home and be sober?”

Whether it’s a warm Saturday barbeque or a “Sunday funday,” the north side is filling itself with spirits from sunup to sundown all while the city continues to experience its highest crime rates in decades.

As Chicago icon Chance the Rapper once said, “everybody dies in the summer, so pray to God for a little more spring.”

While Chance is advocating for education and safer streets in neighborhoods most affected by the violence, white people from River North to Rogers Park will be listening to his music while drinking a PBR at 1 pm.