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The Chainlink Halloween party has been announced for Fri 10/26, meaning it's the most obvious destination for the mass.

I will see about rounding up some Little Village folks to plan a map that takes in the 26th street business district before ending at WBC.

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Here's a rough draft... takes in the coolest parts of Chinatown, Bridgeport, McKinley Park and Little Village; gonna try to do it over more neatly but I don't have a working pencil sharpener in the house....

And street directions:

Head west on W Randolph St toward N Clark St
Turn left onto N Clark St
Turn left onto W Monroe St
Turn right onto S State St
Turn left onto E Harrison St
Turn right onto S Michigan Ave
Turn right onto E Roosevelt Rd
Turn left onto S Wabash Ave
Turn right onto E 18th St
Turn left onto S Canal St
Turn left onto W Cermak Rd
Keep right at the fork
Turn right onto S Wentworth Ave
Turn right onto W 24th St
Turn left onto S Canal St
Turn right onto W 26th St
Turn left onto S Halsted St
Turn right onto W 31st St
Turn left onto S Morgan St
Turn right onto W 35th St
Turn left onto S Wolcott Ave
Turn right onto W Pershing Rd
Turn right at S Damen Ave
Slight left toward S Western Blvd
Slight right toward S Western Blvd
Turn right onto S Western Blvd
Slight right to stay on S Western Blvd
Slight right toward W 33rd St
Turn left onto W 33rd St
Turn right onto S Western Ave
Turn left onto W 31st St
Turn right onto S Pulaski Rd
Turn right onto W 26th St
Turn left onto S Rockwell Ave
Turn right onto W 24th St
Turn right onto S Western Blvd
Chainlink H'ween Party at WBC, 24th Place/Western

If it turns out to be unseasonably wet or frosty the 31st/Pulaski/26th street jog can be skipped, but 26th street is such a perfect place for a Halloween bike parade I would be sad. As presented the route is about 14 miles-- without the Little Village piece it's maybe 9.5 which would be kind of a short mass unless the weather is particularly unpleasant.

Awesome!!!

The only thing is, can the party be a stop for mass (like last year) instead of the ending place?  We only have room for 300 max and WB doesn't want rowdiness outside the building.   I think there was tagging and egging at the end of last months, right?

Racketters are set to perform as mass arrives at the party.

Damen "Cave"?... Any love? It'd be fun for massers to whoop in the spooooooky big tunnel north of 18th on Damen!... Also? The stretch of the18th street bike lane from Halsted to Western is an educational, delicious and diverse Chicago gem.

The ride is already close to 15 miles long-- I think the rest of 18th street will have to wait for another ride but in line with  Julie's expressed wish the finished map now points toward your cave.

Revised street directions:

Head west on W Randolph St toward N Clark St
Turn left onto N Clark St
Turn left onto W Monroe St
Turn right onto S State St
Turn left onto E Harrison St
Turn right onto S Michigan Ave
Turn right onto E Roosevelt Rd
Turn left onto S Wabash Ave
Turn right onto E 18th St
Turn left onto S Canal St
Turn left onto W Cermak Rd
Keep right at the fork
Turn right onto S Wentworth Ave
Turn right onto W 24th St
Turn left onto S Canal St
Turn right onto W 26th St
Turn left onto S Halsted St
Turn right onto W 31st St
Turn left onto S Morgan St
Turn right onto W 35th St
Turn left onto S Wolcott Ave
Turn right onto W Pershing Rd
Turn right at S Damen Ave
Slight left toward S Western Blvd
Slight right toward S Western Blvd
Turn right onto S Western Blvd
Slight right to stay on S Western Blvd
Slight right toward W 33rd St
Turn left onto W 33rd St
Turn right onto S Western Ave
Turn left onto W 31st St
Turn right onto S Pulaski Rd
Turn right onto W 26th St
Turn left onto S Rockwell Ave
Turn right onto W 24th St
(Chainlink H'ween Party at WBC, 24th Place/Western)

Slight left onto W. Coulter

Turn left onto S. Damen Ave.

How are the neighborhoods heading north on Damen from the end location? I will need to get back to the East Village neighborhood, and I'm not familiar with the area.

Give me your exact destination. There were some reports of some problems around Damen and Adams in the last two years or so. Otherwise no trouble spots the whole way.

Jason said:

How are the neighborhoods heading north on Damen from the end location? I will need to get back to the East Village neighborhood, and I'm not familiar with the area.

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