Residents of Evanston’s 8th Ward are wondering whether they’ll face more problems from rowdy young people this summer now that Chicago’s earlier curfew for teenagers is going into effect.

The new Chicago ordinance is effective on Saturday and it means minors will have to be off the streets a half hour earlier in Chicago than in Evanston.

The new Chicago be-home hour for youths 17 and younger will be 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. the rest of the week.

Residents just north of the Howard Street city limits have frequently seen groups of teens crossing back and forth across the city border in the past, and Evanston police frequently report encountering Chicago teens on calls to break up disturbances in south Evanston.

Evanston aldermen haven’t yet acted to amend our town’s curfew rules to match the Chicago change.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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