And police say they can't do anything about it.
The roof of a parking garage across the street from Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago has become a stage for women to perform strip-teases and sex acts for incarcerated inmates, according to a new report from the Chicago Sun-Times. In lieu of applause, inmates flicker their lights on and off to say "thanks."
Sources say that women strip naked, fool around with one another, flash money to flaunt their incarcerated boyfriend's status to other inmates, and generally get up to some crazy antics. But the shows aren't strictly between inmates and their loved ones flashing skin beside a parked Nissan Altima, either: Residents of nearby apartments whose windows overlook the parking roof also wind up getting front-row seats.
"My cousin from Minnesota was visiting me in October," Briana Fitzgibbons, whose apartment overlooks the garage, told the Sun-Times. "She was very shocked...Most other people wouldn't do this kind of thing for their boyfriend."
Area residents, office workers, and former inmates all confirmed the stories, telling the Sun-Times that the shows have been going on for decades. Police and jail authorities know all about it, too, but can't seem to shut the shows down.
"We are aware of the situation and have notified the owner of the property," a prison spokesperson told the paper, "but because it is private property, the Bureau of Prisons has no authority to remove people from the property."
The Sun-Times then hit up parking garage management, who said they were in the dark about playing host to a DIY strip club, but have apparently begun employing a security guard on the premises.
For the curious ones among us, the Sun-Times released cell phone footage that allegedly shows a sex show on the garage's roof and lights inside the jail blinking in appreciation. The video is pretty short and difficult to see, though—if you're really trying to get a peek at the infamous parking garage shows, you may have to find your way into a Metropolitan Correctional Center cell.