Here I am stuck on Lakeshore Drive during the Friday night rush hour. The L.A.T.E. Ride is tomorrow night in Chicago. It is supposed to rain all day long on Saturday. I hope it looks better than this when I am riding my bike down the Lakefront Trail on Sunday morning.
Guess what? The rain stopped a few hours ago and it is a beautiful night for a bike ride through Chicago. The staging area for the L.A.T.E. Ride is at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.
Here I am lined up on Columbus Drive with my riding partners tonight...the Mazrimas Sisters.
Off we go south to Roosevelt Road.
A quick stop in Chinatown.
The Cermak Road Bridge over the Chicago River.
This is an interesting concept, drink and paint. Check it out here.
The Jane Byrne Interchange and Downtown Chicago from Halsted Street.
Riders heading north on Halsted.
I stop a lot for two reasons...one, I love taking pictures of things that interest me...two, I want to take my time so I will see the sun rise over Lake Michigan while I am on the Lakefront Trail. So I am using this wonderful night ride to enjoy all the city has to offer when you slowly ride through it's neighborhoods while most Chicagoans are sleeping.
Eventually we headed north on Sacramento Blvd for the second half of our ride.
After heading east on Diversey, we rode north on Lincoln Ave toward Lawrence. I was so excited to see the new route this year because it passes several of my favorite places to see a concert. The Old Town School of Folk Music is one of them.
The Riv at Lawrence and Broadway is another great place to see a show.
I've seen some classic shows here...Ozzy Osbourne with Motorhead in 1981...The Replacements in the late 80's...Smashing Pumpkins in the early 90's...Flogging Molly...Dropkick Murphys...I could list more if my memory was better.
I fell behind but Chrissy knew to wait for me at the Aragon.
Kimmy & Christy enjoying the ride on a beautiful night.
The Red Line stop at Lawrence.
After a quick refueling stop for a Pepsi and Milky Way at the BP at Lawrence and LSD, we headed south on the Lakefront Trail.
Not bad for a long exposure hand held shot.
The city is so peaceful when 95% of the people are sleeping.
I lost the Mazrimas girls with all my photo stops. But there are some interesting places to shoot along the lakefront....and none of them are crowded now.
This pedestrian underpass below Lake Shore Drive has some impressive art work.
The sky is beginning to get lighter at 4:51am. Just about an hour to sunrise.
This must still be Belmont Harbor.
I think this is the Barry Street underpass. It has an incredible display and artwork from a group or idea called Hug Chicago. I spent a long time here.
The idea was to get Chicagoans to submit photos of them hugging a loved one. Someone defaced the picture of President Obama hugging one of his daughters. Regardless of what you think of him as President, I think it is pretty cool he submitted a photo to this project. I guess some people are not bright enough to understand the point of a project like this one.
Cool idea, great photos and music lyrics....This is my favorite underpass in the city.
Back on the Lakefront Trail
The Alarm is a memorial to the Ottawa Nation on the lake side of Lincoln Park. It is the oldest sculpture on Chicago Park District property. It was commissioned in 1880.
The sun begins lighting up the sky before it crosses the horizon.
The city before sunrise from Lincoln Park.
There is still a half an hour to go until sunrise.
I found the Mazrimas girls relaxing on the lakefront waiting for the sun to rise. Still have 20 minutes until the official sun rise...
...so I had some time to kill.
I wonder if the band Chicago was sitting here years ago when they wrote this...
"I still dream of the Lake of peacefulness
The warm summer breeze
Cause my life was so much simpler then
Street corners and Tastee Freeze" -
'Take Me Back To Chicago' by Chicago