Grid Shots: Summer time


Tour de Fat happens every year in July in Palmer Square Park. This kid rides a funky trike in the bike pit carnival. Photo by Joshua Koonce. 

The Grid Shots schedule lists “summer time” as the next theme. It’s a little weird to post it at a time when it’s 68°F right now.


There’s color in summer. Photo by Clark Maxwell. 


People rode bikes in the Pride Parade. Photo by Drew Baker.


Michigan Avenue bustles a little more in the warmth. Photo by Michelle Stenzel. 


Summer is a great time to bike around Lincoln Park with a parrot on your hand.

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Pride Parade offers case study on transportation management

Updated June 27, 2011, to add one more solution: move the parade to downtown.

If you wanted to get to the Pride Parade yesterday, there was no use in driving. Access was reserved for those who arrived on foot powered transportation.


A pedicab operator carries parade goers closer to Halsted and Addison Streets.

Taking transit was only a decent choice: Buses were caught in the same automobile traffic congestion they always get caught in while people riding bikes slipped through. Street closures meant buses were rerouted and passengers would still have to walk a few blocks to the parade.

Note: While all parades present the same transportation issues, the Pride Parade is one of the largest parades in Chicago, in terms of attending spectators. Other large parades include Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic, and the former South Side Irish Parade. Grid focuses on Pride Parade because of its recentness.

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