In response to the chaotic incidents that broke out in the downtown area during major gatherings over the weekend, which prompted a significant law enforcement response, both Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson released remarks.

As hundreds, or perhaps even more than a thousand individuals, congregated around Millennium Park late Saturday night, some of whom engaged in "reckless and disruptive behaviour," nine adults and six kids totaling 15 were detained.

police in Chicago said. In one incident, two youths were shot in the middle of a crowded area near State and Madison streets.

In a comparable incident, a 14-year-old boy was shot during a sizable gathering promoted as a "teen trend" encounter at 31st Street Beach the day before.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement that while most of the young people had gathered to have fun and enjoy the weather, some had engaged in "reckless, disrespectful, and unlawful behaviour."

The mayor further stated, "As I have said before, we as a city cannot and will not permit any of our public spaces to become a platform for criminal conduct."

The mayor also criticised parents, saying that they should be more aware of their children's whereabouts and accountable for their behaviour. Respect for others and their property is an important virtue that must be instilled from a young age.

According to Lightfoot, the top brass of the Chicago police have promised to "make the necessary adjustments to address these teen trends issues as we move into the summer months."

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson released a statement through his transition team, Chicago for the People, in which he said, "In no way do I condone the destructive activity we saw in the Loop and lakefront this weekend."

He declared, "It is wrong and has no place in our city. However, it is unproductive to demonise young people who, in other ways, lack opportunity in their own neighbourhoods.

Johnson continued by saying that "our city must work together to create spaces for youth to gather safely and responsibly."