Suspicious device shuts down Millennium Park

A man was charged in connection with a suspicious package left near the bean at Millennium Park Saturday evening, according to police officials.

Emmett DeFrisco, 18, was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.

The call came in at around 5:36 p.m. to reports of a suspicious package, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said. The Bomb and Arson unit responded and conducted their investigation, determining that the suspicious package was in fact comprised of two bricks, according to a statement issued later by the department.

The package appeared wrapped in duct tape with wires visible, according to an early report from a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.

Police had shut down the area around the bean, evacuated a major portion of Millennium Park and closed down the Park Grill Plaza restaurant. Michigan Avenue was also shut down between Madison and Randolph drives, rerouting traffic and buses to Columbus Drive or State Street.

After further investigation by responding units, the device had apparently been “left behind by subjects participating in a role-playing event,” the release said. Three subjects were originally being questioned in relation to the incident.

Chicago Fire personal were also on-scene assisting the police department, according to Chicago Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. A hazardous material level 1 response was also called to the scene, as a precaution.