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Downtown Chicago businesses on edge after this morning's looting, vandalism. 'I feel like we are under attack.'

CHICAGO - Downtown business owners still struggling during the coronavirus pandemic were scrambling to board up broken windows and take stock of damage after a wave of vandalism and looting early Monday morning.

For some, it was the second time this summer, following an earlier wave of looting that took place during the unrest that followed George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May.

Jewelry and gift shop Crosell & Co. had reopened less than a week ago, then looters struck the store two blocks west of Michigan Avenue again Monday morning.

City officials "have to get ahold of the city again," said owner Dianne Crosell, standing in front of her shop's smashed double-paned glass door Monday morning. "I feel like we are under attack and under siege."

Shards of glass

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