Updated: Chicago man stabbed during street artist brawl near Evanston-Chicago border

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

A 34-year-old man was stabbed Friday night during a fight among street artists near the Evanston-Chicago border, according to police.

Shortly before midnight, Chicago and Evanston police responded to several people fighting in the middle of the street near an art gallery in the 700 block of Howard Street, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. Officers broke up the fight, but a short time later, a Chicago Fire Department ambulance was sent to the same area for the man.

Parrott said the man was stabbed in the chest during the fight but did not realize he was hurt until the brawl ended.

The man, who is from Chicago, was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he underwent surgery, Parrott said. The man is in stable condition.

Parrott said police have reviewed surveillance footage of the fight and identified a person who stabbed the man. No one was in custody or charged this afternoon, though.

The fight happened after the artists left an event at the Howard Street Gallery, 747 W. Howard St., Parrott said. The gallery did not immediately return a request for comment this afternoon.

— Patrick Svitek