The Geek’s Weekend Traffic & Parking Hot Spot Guide 6/27-6/28
It’s another busy weekend of street festivals, which of course means street closures, traffic backups and parking headaches.
The Parking Ticket Geek has the lowdown on weekend events, street closures and parking advice.
In some regards, it’s a pretty easy weekend in regards to events, street closures and weekend traffic.
It’s a bit of a respite before next weekend’s hellish Fourth of July weekend traffic.
So, there are only two events worth mentioning.
Unfortunately, they’re both doozies.
EVENT: Taste of Chicago
WHERE: Grant Park
CLOSURES: Columbus Drive, from Balbo on the south to Randolph on the north, and Congress from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive.
It’s 16 days of Windy City gluttony right on the lakefront of beautiful Chicago. It’s a wonderful event for tourists who are more apt to have a higher threshold for pain. If you like paying a lot for small portions of food, the claustaphobic joy of rubbing up against an infinite number of sweaty, overweight suburbanites and skyline gawking rubes from outside the metropolitan area, you’ll love Taste of Chicago.
The food may be great, but is it really worth having to take public transportation or pay for astronomically high parking? I guess that is up to you. I say avoid driving downtown around that area until the Taste is over.
CLOSURES: Halsted from Addison to Roscoe on Friday and Saturday.
For the parade on Sunday, Halsted and Broadway between Diversey & Addison; severe delays along Belmont from Lake Shore Dr. to Ashland.
Look, unless you’re a homosexual or a gay groupie, do yourself a favor and avoid Boystown and Lakeview this weekend and especially on Sunday. Traffic along Belmont and Addison Sunday, will be screwed up as the parade crosses these main thoroughfares twice at both Halsted and Broadway.
For extra detailed street closure and parade info, go to the official Chicago Gay Pride Parade website.
Yeah, it’s interesting to go to the Gay Pride Parade and party with your gay friends. Sure, everyone gets a kick out of the Dykes on Bikes, the extreme drag queens, the pounding, loud gay disco, and the gay drill core. Others, like myself, are made a bit uncomfortable by the muscled Speedo clad boys or topless lesbians whom, honestly are better viewed with clothing.
But, it is 2009, do we really even need a Gay Pride Parade anymore? Does anyone really give a crap if someone is a homosexual these days? Personally, I say scrap the parade, head over to Sidetrack for a martini and some show tunes, and not screwup traffic.
Of course, parking is already a nightmare over there. Take public transportation, or park west of the action on side streets (but watch for residential parking restrictions) and walk over to the parade. Drive over early if you can.
Drive safe everyone.
Photo courtesy and copyright Macsurak’s Flickr page. He shoots some very nice stuff.