i lived there a good deal of time, and 1 thing i miss..
living close to the lakefront with an apartment that allowed for easy movement of my bicycle in and out the door. then once i had the machine outdoors, the ride along the water is very nice. In the 70's before gentrification, you could bike with ease and solitude, with your walkman on, and the lake on your side...without any crowd at all. Today you have to know the Off path routes to avoid the bike path requiring a mountain type bike. I enjoyed that a good deal. I haven't been able to get into the trails on the mountains yet. It costs a lot to gas into the rockies and then deploy the machine from the trunk. There, it costs nothing to bike from your front door to the beach.
i biked so often along the beach, i defined the days in summer as
either, a beach day, or not.
ahhh, the beach , the sun, the girls...
but they have airplanes..and here to there you can get for 160 bucks if you plan ahead.
the near north, used to be such a simple, easy, uncrowded area as late as 1990...by 2005, you could not use your car on the weekends cause of the traffic..Irving park backs up from the Kennedy to western, montrose and lawrence are useless at he river checkpoint, meaning you have to reach foster to head west...terrible.
but those are memories...today it is not the same place,
construction, monopoly, wheeling dealing, real estate tax revenue quotas...generally real estate industry greed, and gentrification,have made speedbump (Chicago, i call it speed bump now) a less than desirable place to want to live.
wrigley field was a neighborhood "park" sort of...cause there are no public parks in that area, where the neighbors would bring their kids , and since the area was sooooo much less populated, it was am almost "within bus distance congregation" of folks who had the afternoon to spend, the retirees, homemakers and their kids..and kids off of school, and others who were out of work or on vacation. they would bus folks in from every where to see day baseball. It was never the beer garden it is today situated at 1060 w. bourbon street