LAKEVIEW — The sponsor of the bar crawl where revelers shattered a comics bookstore window Saturday has offered to help pay for the damage, the store's owner said.
Two men fighting in front of Chicago Comics, 3244 N. Clark St., during the Twelve Bars of Christmas pub crawl led to a man landing face-first into the storefront, breaking the entire right window and damaging a neon sign.
Festa Parties, organizer of TBOX, called Thursday to discuss the storefront's damage, said Eric Kirsammer, the store's owner. Kirsammer said the window would cost more than $1,000 to repair, hiking his business costs this month by about 5 percent.
Kirsammer said he was happy with the way Festa Parties handled the conversation. A representative called him, and a couple of hours later, Festa's insurance company called, he said.
"They were very friendly and nice about it and just wanted details, " Kirsammer said. "I was like 'wow, OK.' ... It was a surprise."
While nothing's certain until a check lands in Kirsammer's hands, he said he's pleased with the way things are going.
"Something went wrong, so you never know what’s going to happen," he said. But "They seem to be on top of it."
Festa Parties did not return a call for comment from DNAinfo.com Chicago.
The raucous pub crawl, the biggest TBOX ever in its 17 years — which drew what police estimated to be more than 40,000 people to the area — turned violent, with one man, Gregg Greaves of the 4700 block of North Beacon St., allegedly stabbing another man with a beer bottle.