Open Streets ends in Logan Square
This year’s Open Streets, formerly known as Sunday Parkways, runs for eight miles on Saturday, August 1. And once again you can bike, blade, skate, jog, stroll the kids or walk the dog — just don’t drive — through neighborhoods from Little Village to Logan Square.
While last year’s Sunday Parkways ran on two separate Sundays of four mile routes, this year’s rebranded Open Streets takes place on Saturday with one eight mile route (right). That’s good. It doesn’t take long to bike eight miles. But, just in case, Open Streets is open a bit earlier and stays open a bit later this year, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Holding the event on Saturday also avoids the conflict with Sunday church parking along the boulevards, so the car-free event should be even more car-free. That’s also good.
Along the route, activities are again planned, though I haven’t found them specified. Last year, for example, there was yoga, and a capoeira demonstration, and West Town Bikes provided the sometimes needed bike repairs.
This year, though, Open Streets ends in Logan Square and coincides with the largest of activities, another Scene in Logan Square: Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (see additional preview below). That’s another good thing.
Preview of Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival:
“Women/Mujeres” exhibition of female Chicago-based artists (image left), at 2727 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Mar Caribe kicks things off at the Crown stage at the corner of Milwaukee/Diversey/ Kimball on Saturday at 12:00 noon.
Know Art Collective Gallery featuring collective artists and guests (image right) with music on the Chicago ARTillery stage, at 2764 N. Milwaukee Ave.
See additional preview here.