-Rolling Into the Beyond-
July. That month that is smack-dab in the middle of summer. The exuberant June jump into fine weather is only smoothed out and solidified with the oh so fine month of July. Celebrations. Freedom. Time to reflect on how awesome the summer already has been, and how much more there still is to embrace! But you likely don't need a reminder to embrace summer because that's what we Chicagoland folks do best. We embrace it. Biking this bodacious basin from Burnham's boulevards to big water beaches to the beautiful bogs.
Ramble with us this July as we traverse the Waterways of the West, go on a ride that started it all (200 miles in 2 days). and preform ecological service on the North Branch Trail. Oh yeah, there is even a block party with live music too! Read on to see what's new with the OOFD and learn a thing or two about this beautiful basin of ours.
And as always, get outside and enjoy this weather!!!
Post by: Glenn Schneider
Big streams of lava hot slag spill out onto the strip of land at 115th and Stony Island as black smoke rises from it. This was the scene at when the South East Side of Chicago was still a booming industrial corridor. After much of the industry left, specifically the steel plants were closed, the land sat flat, open, contaminated, and unused. That is until last year when the Friends of Big Marsh teamed up with the City of Chicago and opened it as Park District Park #564 aka Big Marsh. The vision of the park is to “provide a new type of recreation in Chicago that marries habitat restoration with public use.” Presently, it is one of the many wonders located on the Southeast side of Chicago and has 278 acres of open space for hikes, bike rides, and fun! It plays host to Chicago’s premiere BMX park as well as plenty of open space to wander about or just relax.
Sunday July 16th 8:30 am | Logan Square Monument | 3150 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
Bike Ride, ecological restoration, native plant talk, Superdawgs and Drinks. A bike service day from Logan Square to the North Branch Trail's new Clayton Smith Woods Preserve and back. (map down below)
"Immersing and educating in our history, culture, and the uniquely beautiful natural habitats of the Lower Lake Michigan Basin Area"
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