A Memorial Day weekend tradition in Chicago is when the city shuts down Lake Shore Drive to motor vehicle traffic and opens it up only for bicycles. It’s called “Bike the Drive” and it’s a fun event each year to mark the beginning of summer.
Having taken a few years off, my wife and I decided to register and peddle our way up and down one of Chicago’s most famous roadways. We ended up riding from end to end, about 30 miles, before getting back home just before the summer heat kicked in.
A lot of people were out, including families of all ages, and it’s nice to mosey down the lakefront on a bike, instead of the usual racing by in our cars. Going slower allows one the time to notice how beautiful Chicago can be.