Thursday, October 11, 2018
Good morning —
Welcome to the 4th broad—cast of C̶C̶H̶H̶I̶I̶C̶C̶A̶A̶G̶G̶O̶O̶S̶ Alt Chicago Park District, a̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶t̶n̶i̶g̶h̶t̶l̶y̶ an irregular series of whirligigs & loop-de-loops through the Chicago Park District.
E̶v̶e̶r̶y̶ ̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶S̶u̶n̶d̶a̶y̶ When feeling solvitur ambulando we will be park-hopping around the city d̶o̶c̶u̶m̶e̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ tracking its myriad examples of g̶r̶e̶e̶n̶ ̶s̶p̶a̶c̶e̶s̶ public open spaces. We will e̶x̶p̶l̶o̶r̶e̶ etch—and be scarred with—desire lines through everything from tiny playlots and pocket beaches to urban farms and the crown jewels of the park district and on to the far future pavilions for viewing the Andromeda-Milky Way galactic collision.
As carless Chicagoans, we will a̶l̶s̶o̶ ̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶o̶p̶p̶o̶r̶t̶u̶n̶i̶t̶y̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶c̶h̶e̶c̶k̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶i̶t̶y̶’̶s̶ ̶n̶o̶n̶-̶v̶e̶h̶i̶c̶u̶l̶a̶r̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶n̶s̶i̶t̶ ̶i̶n̶f̶r̶a̶s̶t̶r̶u̶c̶t̶u̶r̶e̶.̶ ̶W̶e̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶p̶e̶d̶a̶l̶ ̶d̶o̶w̶n̶ ̶b̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶l̶a̶n̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶i̶l̶s̶,̶ ̶h̶o̶p̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶b̶u̶s̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶i̶n̶s̶,̶ ̶d̶e̶f̶i̶n̶i̶t̶e̶l̶y̶ use our own two feet,̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶p̶e̶r̶h̶a̶p̶s̶ ̶f̶l̶a̶g̶ ̶d̶o̶w̶n̶ ̶a̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶o̶e̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶v̶i̶n̶c̶e̶ ̶s̶t̶r̶a̶n̶g̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶g̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶u̶s̶ ̶p̶i̶g̶g̶y̶b̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶r̶i̶d̶e̶s̶.
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At Ida B. Wells Dr & the Lakefront—
Queen’s Landing concession is closed for the season.
At Balbo Dr—
At Roosevelt Dr—
Spirit of the trail.
At 13th St—
Forever Closed, Fenced & Caterpillared.
At 18th St—
This aberrant prairie waxing and waning behind replicant hills on an artificial island is one of the most breathtaking sights in the city.
At 27th St —
When we die, burn our bodies on the Lakefront Ghats and scatter our ashes on Burnham Park.
At 29th St —
Invisible coast lines.
“SUNDAY, JULY 27, 1919 A GROUP OF BOYS RAFING ON LAKE MICHIGAN DRIFTED OVER AN INVISLBE RACIAL BARRIER. ROCKS WERE THROWN FROM THE BREAKWATER AND EUGENE WILLIAMS WAS STRUCK. HIS DROWNING SPARKED A WEEK-LONG RACE RIOT THAT RESULTED IN SCORES OF DEATHS AND INJURIES.”
At 35th St—
Burnham Wildlife Corridor.
At 41st St —
Construction of the 41st Street Pedestrian Bridge is right on schedule. We like to think that the structure is an engineering nod to the city’s Y-shaped Municipal Device.
At 47th St —
Burnham Construction Corridor.
At 48th St —
The Trail Separation Project is an abomination.
At 49th St —
The rock beach, however, is Marvelous! Fugitive shruberies, upturned continental shelves, concrete piers designed by Caspar David Friedrich, unnatural rock arches, inuksuk mimics, atomized boulders, gravity wells, whorled crevasses.
At 49th St —
Just like any other beach, it has its own comfort station.
At 55th St—
At 59th St —
At Jackson Park, there is water under a bridge under a bridge.
At 63rd St —
At this jetée there is a way to escape Time.
At 65th St—
The Lakefront Trail hides a constellation of cryptobeaches.
At 65th St—
At 68th St—
“It is solved by walking.”
At 70th St—
Tucked in a corner of South Shore Cultural Center is the endangered South Shore Nature Sanctuary. In the revised plan dated January 31, 2018 for the merger of the golf courses at Jackson Park and South Shore Cultural Center, the 4-acre nature site is completely erased.
At 70th St —
Outside Eden, a golf course.
To be continued…
[Postscript: Below is a simplified map of our stops and route. Only use this as a general reference guide to plan your own outings, NOT for point-by-point directions.]