Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is ordering the citywide curfew for young people to be moved up to 10 p.m. on weekends following the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old at Millennium Park.

The curfew had previously been 11 p.m. for individuals ages 17 and under, but Lightfoot insisted the change was needed to help end the "pipeline of young people to the graveyard" amid rampant crime in the city.


"That is simply not smart, and it's definitely not safe, no matter the destination," Lightfoot said during a press conference Monday. "It's not just because it's downtown. Our children need to be accompanied by adults. Period."

Teenagers 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult after 10 p.m. on weekend nights starting this upcoming weekend. The 11 p.m. curfew had been in effect in the city since 1992.

Lightfoot said she was troubled by the fact that some preteens, including 10- and 11-year-olds, have been traversing downtown Chicago at night without an adult supervisor. The announcement came at a press conference to address public safety concerns in light of the fatal shooting at Millennium Park Saturday night.

"I stand before you this morning with an incredibly heavy heart. We know that there was a tragedy that happened at Millennium Park on Saturday night. A young boy, a teenager, lost his life. I have spoken to the mother, and she is of course totally devastated," Lightfoot said during the press conference on Monday. “We have to end this pipeline of young people to the graveyard.”

The teenager, identified as Seandell Holliday, was reportedly standing next to Chicago landmark "The Bean" when he was shot in the chest. A 17-year-old suspect was subsequently taken into custody and is being charged with second-degree murder, WGN9 reported. The shooting occurred during a chaotic scene in which a group of young people gathered near the park, according to police.

Lightfoot also ordered the Chicago Police Department to ramp up gun graces for firearms possessed by minors, demanding full prosecution of individuals who distribute weapons to young people.


Over the weekend, Lightfoot imposed a separate 6 p.m. curfew for young people in Millennium Park from Thursday through Sunday.

“We, as a City, cannot allow any of our public spaces to become platforms for danger. Anyone coming into our public spaces should expect to enjoy them peacefully and must respect and exhibit basic community norms of decency. We simply will not accept anything less,” Lightfoot said.

So far, there have been more than 194 murders in Chicago in 2022, a slight downtick from the 207 murders reported this time last year, according to the most recent data from the Chicago Police Department.