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On Saturday from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, the Open Streets project will reclaim an eight-mile west-side stretch of Chicago's historic boulevard system for non-car use. Running from Logan Square in the north to Little Village in the south, the route will be free and open for pedestrians, bikers, and skaters to use as it intersects five neighborhoods and three major parks.
The event, hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance along with community organizations along the route, is intended to give pedestrians a chance to breathe easier as they enjoy Chicago's boulevard system, which was conceived in the 1840s as a way to link the city's parkland.
"If this public space was used the way it was intended to be, people would see how connected these neighborhoods can be," said Active Trans spokesperson Margo O'Hara, referring to the boulevards' route through Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and Little Village. Community organizations from each of the five neighborhoods will be offering demonstrations and activities, including yoga, basketball, a marching band, and a gospel choir.
The event has no designated starting or end point; for a map of the participating boulevards click here.
Pictured: Participants in the 2008 Open Streets event, courtesy of activetrans.org