Millennium Park

McDonald's Cycle Center: Chicago

by bike and roll c... | 06/17/2009

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Become a member of the McDonald's Cycle Center located in Millennium Park and receive great benefits, including: 24 hour secure bicycle parking, access to showers and lockers, free use of the shared bike program (see terms), 10% off bicycle repairs and retail items, $25 off IGO car sharing membership, discounts on Bike the Drive, LATE Ride, and other events. Visit the website for more details: http://chicagobikestation.com/memberships.htm

The After-Work Picnic and Concert: Pritzker Pavilion Season Starts Soon!

by crandell | 04/20/2008

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Every summer I feel guilty for not going to enough shows at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, and this year I'm determined to take better advantage of having such an incredible place so close to home and work. While many Chicagoans still flock to Ravinia for an outdoor concert and picnic experience, I think our own little gem downtown beats Ravinia hands-down. Not only is the Pritzker Pavilion almost always free, but it has an incredible sound system, a spectacular view and sense of place, and a convenient location easily accessible by transit and bike. In other words, going to a show at the Pritzker Pavilion doesn't have to be a special event -- it can be a regular after-work treat.

Reopen Our Crosswalks, Please!

by itakethetrain | 07/20/2007

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You've probably noticed that some of our crosswalks around Grant and Millennium parks have gone missing over the past couple years. The crosswalks were closed in the name of improving traffic flow. The idea is that if we can get some of those pesky pedestrians out of the way, cars can move more easily. Of course, if we really wanted to improve traffic flow, we should close down Millennium Park -- with it's over 2 million visitors a year, it's a constant source of traffic congestion.

This is, of course, sarcasm. But it is indeed this strain of logic that justifies destroying public spaces in an attempt to "improve traffic flow." And sadly, in its attempt to improve traffic flow, the city is actually causing even more traffic by trying to pack even more cars into downtown.