By Jean Lotus
Chicago and Oak Park police shut down northbound traffic on Austin Ave. and eastbound on Madison Street Monday after a postal worker reported a suspicious package around 1:08 p.m. The package was making "unusual noises" inside a postal box on the southeast corner of Austin and Madison Streets in Chicago, police told dispatchers.
Police had evacuated local businesses around 2:00 p.m.
Investigating Chicago police found the package inert, after summoning a bomb-sniffing K-9 unit as well as the bomb and arson squads, said a spokesman for the Chicago Police News Affairs Office. Police cleared the area by 2:30.
Earlier Monday Chicago police and fire department responded to another report of suspicious package left near the Michigan Avenue bridge.