We made our way to the CVS to where Brianna and Jaelin had fled and then across the street to 1210 W Granville -- the supposed apartment building in question which had a “For Rent” sign posted above the door. We bowed our heads in a moment of silence for the homeless young couple, but it wasn’t much time before a car sped past, the driver shouting “Do you guys need an Uber?!”
The tour ended here and our guide was delighted with the warm turnout. Originally from Des Plains, Kevin Fergus was happy to have such a great response and raise some money for Care for Real -- a local neighborhood charity providing food, clothing, and counseling services to those in need.
Smiling and spent, Kevin and Nikki said goodbye to the crowd and fearlessly walked home. His only advice for the rest of us: “Just don’t repeatedly confront people who weird you out!”
Jaelin and Brianna did not have any direct comments for me regarding the event. I must confess, however, I didn’t actually reach out to them. But who knows what would’ve happened if these fragile two had stayed in our fair city? What if they wandered into Wrigleyville after a Cubs game? Or perhaps they’d find themselves caught in the middle of River North’s recent gelato fiasco. My greatest wonder, though, is what would’ve happened had they come just a year earlier and wandered into the now-defunct Ed Debevic’s?