Andrew Holmes, Michael Airhart Spend Cold Night Outside City Hall To Raise Awareness For Homeless

Mike Krauser
January 25, 2019 - 11:09 am
Community activist Andrew Holmes spent the night in a tent city under the Lake Shore Drive viaduct at Lawrence Avenue on Dec. 13, 2016, to protest the planned closing of a nearby homeless shelter.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A couple Chicago activists spent what they said was a brutally-cold night trying to sleep on the sidewalk outside City Hall. 

The temperature was 0 when WBBM Newsradio's Mike Krauser met Andrew Holmes and Michael Airhart outside City Hall on Friday morning.

"No human should lay out here on the concrete and the homless ought to be looked at different - you know all of our elected officials go home, they have good heat and good pillows," Homles said. "We have to do more to get them off the grounds. This was brutal out here last night. I mean brutal. This is the coldest I've had since we have been doing this." 

The activists are pushing for more humane treatment of the homeless by a city that has closed tent camps and blocked sheltered areas where the homeless congregate. 

Airhart said someone gave them $20 which they used to get food for some of the homeless living on Lower Wacker.

"And they are down there freezing. It shouldn't be," he said. 

The two have chosen one of the coldest nights of the winter for the past six years. Both believe they are making a difference by raising awareness about the struggles of homelessness.