Chicago hosting several major weekend events

June 27, 2008 8:43:29 PM PDT
They've got all sides of town covered this weekend - crowds, people everywhere and cars. Taste of Chicago is just one of the events making for a big weekend here in the city.

There's also the Cubs-Sox series on the South Side. And it's Pride Weekend on the North Side - all making for a real traffic mess.

It's summer in Chicago. And there may be no better weekend to live in our great city than when you have choices like this weekend, including the biggest street festival of the year, the Taste of Chicago.

Visitor Tierra Harris said she's going to the Taste every day until it's over.

Visitor Pat Foy said tthe crowds weren't too bad, but he's not coming back tomorrow.

That could be because Saturday he might want to head to the South Side to watch baseball. The Crosstown Classic sontinues Saturday and Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Our best weekend of the year, unless they make the World Series," saud Joe Levato, Jimbo's, a bar near The Cell.

The city's Traffic Control Office is monitoring the most congested areas. At the Taste of Chicago they have 14 cameras alone.

This weekend, the traffic aides are getting a workout.

"It's about the biggest weekend we have," said Jack Killackey, Chicago Traffic Management.

As for getting around, the advice is simple - public transportation.

That might be the only way to get around on the North Side Sunday. North Halsted Street and much of East Lakevew will be shut down for the Pride Parade, which has become the city's largest parade.

"You will be congested here, and it will be fun even if it rains," said Carlo Nasca. "You cannot rain on our parade."


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