Belmont Avenue is a perfectly typical street on Chicago's North Side. There's a stretch of it not too far from Wrigley Field that has a good used book store and a bakery with decent crognets, and as you head west from there, the storefront shopping slowly disappears from the streetscape, leaving you, before long, on an ordinary residential stretch where people do ordinary things, like getting into a quarrel with a melee weapon-wielding cab driver while driving an allegedly stolen car and then plowing into nearly a half-dozen other cars while fleeing the scene in a panic. A good place to raise your kids.

[RedEye]