Weekend Brawl at the Waverton Hotel Results in Three Arrests

Two people were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

A weekend brawl at the Waverton Hotel, 624 N. York, resulted in the arrest of three people, Elmhurst police said.

Police from multiple jurisdictions responded to a fight involving 20 to 25 people that erupted in the bar area of the hotel and waterpark at 12:31 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. When they arrived, they found a victim "bleeding profusely from a cut on the face," according to a police report.

Arrested were Tieasha Parker, 30, 15215 S. Wood, Harvey; Shakara Taylor, 20, 5900 W. Walter, Chicago; and Shannell Thomas, 34, 3823 Euclid, East Chicago, Ind. All three were charged with disorderly conduct, causing/provoking a brawl.

Both the victim and Thomas were taken to the hospital, and all three offenders were released on bond.


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Ken February 26, 2013 at 02:04 PM
I don't blame the hotel for the constant problems coming from there. Unfortunately you have to rent to everyone who walks through the door. The hotel's location just off of I290 makes it a magnet for all the undesireables from our unsavorable neighboring towns.
Beth Howard February 26, 2013 at 02:37 PM
I wish they would close that hotel down...endless problems.
Lived in 5 other metro areas... February 26, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Ugh. If only there were an acceptable solution.
Steve L February 26, 2013 at 04:10 PM
20-25 person brawl?!?!? This is crazy. Shut the hotel down.
NElmhurstResident February 26, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Nobody in their right minds would go to/stay at that hotel, especially Elmhurst residents. All it does it attract problems and continue to give the north side of town a bad stigma. If we're ever going to get North York moving in the right direction, places like this need to go.
mickey February 26, 2013 at 04:51 PM
It's the same old story,can't take the hood out of these people!
zippygiggle February 26, 2013 at 05:14 PM
This is a big time place for birthday parties for kids for kids from "neighboring" towns. The hotel should be very aware they will have problems when they rent one or two rooms and the amount of people that show up for those rooms. If over occupied, its only common sense there will be way to many for the waterpark! I have known people who used to work there and what they had to put up with. It is NOT a place I would have ever taken my kids to, certainly not a Wisconsin Dells type water park! So, blame the management. They let it happen.
CPT. OBVIOUS February 26, 2013 at 06:28 PM
http://elmhurst.patch.com/articles/officers-from-multiple-jurisdictions-respond-to-large-brawl-at-the-waverton-hotel Would like to hear others opinions on this
Michael Douglas February 26, 2013 at 07:24 PM
They weren't renting a room. It was Karaoke night, I believe in the Bar
Wadjusay February 26, 2013 at 10:59 PM
I'll bet you would C.O. You always would like to hear others...you're a good listener. I say, hookers are people too....they like to swim and sing karaoke....what's wrong with that ?
Brad Holmer February 27, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Given the savage culture of many of the humans there, I sadly expect that some night in the near future there'll be gunfire and death at this place - maybe THEN something will be done?!
Steve February 27, 2013 at 02:11 AM
The city is limited in what they can do to a property. They can enforce the law, which is what they are doing constantly. The hotel is in a dire financial situation so all Elmhurst residents might see permanent change soon. The new TIF will help improve this property and others on north York.
Steve February 27, 2013 at 02:14 AM
One other comment, it is sad when the North side comments continue to made by Elmhurst residents. I thought everyone lived in Elmhurst, one city, instead of north side and south side. Please remember, the north side of elmhurst has provided MOST of the sales tax revenue to ALL of Elmhurst to benefit from every year. If Emhurst didn't include north of north avenue then it wouldn't be the place it is today.
Jim Court February 27, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Steve You are right but it is really not unique to breakdown the community this way. The North, South, and West side of Chicago seem quite familiar. If we were a more compact town without natural dividing thoroughfares it might not be as common.
Jim Court February 27, 2013 at 02:53 AM
This is true. When I started singing people stampeded out the door. Chaos ensued. I should have listened to my grandmother. "You have a good voice for cooling soup". I had to lip sync to Mitch Miller.
Steve February 27, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Jim this is true but it is always mentioned in a derogatory light. Anyone who makes those comments seem to ignore the fact that Elmhurst would have no funds with bare bone services without the "north side" of Elmhurst.
Kelly F February 27, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Nothing but bad happens there it is time for it to go! Either that or force them to have 2 off duty cops as security on the weekends. Mandatory!!
Jim Court February 27, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Steve, I tend to agree with you. To a degree, the barrier created by 290 results in a perceived separation. Elmhurst has long had distinct and unique areas that are associated with different demographics. One size does not fit all. The North Elmhurst contributes greatly to our community with all of the businesses and commercial properties. There is a certain snobbishness typical of many communities. I do believe it is the best interest of Elmhurst to strive for a gentrification that will bring in larger tax dollars and benefit the community. I also do not believe that the city has really aggressively addressed to need for improved efficiencies as well as they could. For example, staging of public works operations and equipment on the north side which would create much savings in travel time, man hours, fuel expenses, etc. Must they return to the south side garage constantly? Totally inefficient and a waste of time and money. Not everyone in town needs a large home or desires to pay large property taxes. Maybe a real green initiative would be to tear old and dated homes and replace them with energy efficient homes that might offer universal design principles. Architectural uniqueness should be a goal has advocated by Alderman Bram. Where is my cup of coffee?
Jim Court February 27, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Any large business establishment that caters to many, has alcohol served, is readily accessible via expressways, is going to have its share of problems. I believe the hotel made a mistake when it developed the water park, no matter how well intended. The way the building is designed caused to much interplay between the children and their families and the playful and casual nature of the water park and the professionalism and decorum that business people would prefer. If every business that had it share of problems (primarily bars) had to "go away" we would lose many tax dollars and businesses. I do agree that some form of security would be desirable.


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