It’s ironic that the only spots we were kicked out of at The Windy City Riot this year were the skateparks. Perhaps the authorities were trying to remind us that the word “riot” used to mean something. On Friday, July 27th at 12:28 PM I received the unexpected message: “Northbrook Park District called and is threatening to close the park. Don’t head to the park yet. We’re likely relocating. Will send an update within an hour. Please do not respond to this text.” And within an hour I got word that we were moving the WCR park competition from the comfort and luxury of a beautiful cement park in Chicago’s affluent northwest suburbs to the urine soaked grime of the Logan Square skatepark where the noise of the crowd would be muffled beneath the never-ending rumble of traffic on Interstate 90.