Bike Detour

Yesterday evening I was at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago for an outdoor concert – an event that signals for me the beginning of summer.  The park is near Lake Michigan and usually a quick ride through a garden brings me to the Lakefront Trail for my ride home.  However, last night I was greeted by this construction site where the garden used to be.


Yikes – I hope they are constructing an even more beautiful garden!

Fortunately, the city set up bike detour signs to guide me along an alternate route.  This turned out to be a fun mini-adventure because I never knew of this path.


The path followed the Chicago River…


…with a fancy tunnel to cross under Lakeshore Drive




…which brought me to a bridge over the river


…and led me to the Lakefront Trail.




As I biked up the trail, the sun finished setting.


I ended my journey home on neighborhood streets.


If I wanted to get all deep, I could take this as a reminder that what may at first seem like an imposition could turn out to be an opportunity to try something new.

  • Jo

    I think it’s supposed to be a mini golf park or something but I doubt that will last long? I’m sure when Mayor Daley passes away they will make it a memorial park.

    • Dottie

      That would be … interesting. :)

  • David P.

    Summer concerts (and now movies) at Millennium Park are the best thing ever! We’re starting with tonight’s movie. Don’t miss the Triplets of Belleville next week.

    • Dottie

      Agreed! I may go see Triplets with the Cargo Bike Roll Call group, but I’m not crazy about having to bike home from downtown that late on a week night.

      • David P.

        I thought they were all going to start when it got dark, but this week’s movie started at 6:30 sharp; I don’t think you’ll be out lat at all…

        • Dottie

          Good to know!

  • Jonathan Peterson


    • Dottie



    Yes! My normal commuting route in Minneapolis is also under construction, which has led me to find almost as fast and less trafficked alternatives.

    • Dottie

      Yes, sometimes it helps to be forced to try something new. :)

  • nikki

    wow. so construction season has its benefits! can’t wait to move to chicago in october. (hopefully sooner!)

    • Dottie

      You’ll have to come to the women-who-bike brunches!

    • Alex

      I’m moving there on Monday, so excited!!

  • wilcolater

    I think that’s going to be Maggie daley park. Enjoy bike week Chicago.

    • Dottie

      Oh, that’s nice! Good to know.

  • **

    “… I could take this as a reminder that what may at first seem like an imposition could turn out to be an opportunity … ”
    How true and well put!
    I have had similiar encounters and experiences.

    • Dottie

      The challenge is remembering it in the moment. :)

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