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.

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Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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