Video of West Ridge wedding sparks backlash

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CHICAGO — After a crowded house party made headlines in Chicago, another public gathering was seen on video.

A video of an Orthodox Jewish wedding ceremony in the city’s West Ridge neighborhood was seen on social media. A rabbi who stopped by the wedding said the video doesn’t capture the full story.

The wedding took place on April 23 and was just supposed to be family and a few close friends in a backyard.

However, video outside the home in the 6800 block of North Francisco Avenue shows a large gathering of people. The video was taken by a rabbi that lives in the neighborhood. He posted the video but took it down after too many negative comments.

He said what the video doesn’t show is that people were actually social distancing, and most were wearing masks. He did admit the crowd got a little large, and was broken up about 15 minutes later.

Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th Ward) told Block Club Chicago she was upset after the video was posted because of all the cases in the neighborhood.

Block Club Chicago reported earlier in April that West Ridge had the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Illinois.

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