PARK AND RIDE Your to-do list: See Bruce Norris’s Pulitzer-winning Clybourne Park
at Steppenwolf (pictured above); go for a bike ride with Ald. Scott Waguespack (see
“What I’m Doing This Weekend,” below).
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 09.14.11 through Tue 09.20.11:
concerts Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward alderman, native Chicagoan, Bucktown resident, and avid cyclist.
“The biggest thing we have going on this weekend is our bike ride Saturday through the ward [details below]. Last year we took people through the recycling center; we might ride past some of the historic homes in Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village, maybe a couple of statues, other artwork that people might not know about. It’s a diverse ride, very leisurely. It usually lasts about three or four hours. We try to ride at a pace where we’re not leaving anyone behind.
“We’ve been doing it for a few years. We ride along the borders of the ward, and people tend to be pretty surprised about where those run. Last year we had a few German students come who used the ride as part of their architectural tour, and I got to speak German with them. It’s mostly adults, but we’ve had kids as young as 13 or 14.
“I try to get out on my bike as much as I can. On weekends, I do a lot of ward work, going to different events. We were doing a lot of late night and early morning neighborhood watch walks on the weekend, and we switched those over to bike rides. Throughout the summer, I’ll do six or seven different police bike-enforcement events, helping the police work with the city bicycling ambassadors. We’ll hand out hundreds of bike lights to people who don’t have them. We’ll stop people who are riding up and down Milwaukee Avenue without lights and explain the rules of the road. Sometimes we have to chase them down, but that’s pretty fun, too.
“Also on Saturday, I’ll probably take a ride up to the Guinness Oyster Fest in Roscoe Village. And I’m a big Chicago Fire fan. That’s way out in Bridgeview, and it’s a 3 o’clock game, but if I get everything done, I’ll go. I have season tickets, but I don’t get to go all that much, so this is one weekend I want to try and get out there.
“On Sunday morning, we have another bike event cosponsored by four different aldermen: Like Bike. That one goes through Wicker Park and Buckton, up through Logan Square. It’s more of a community, kid-friendly ride, helping promote bikes as a way to get healthier.
“I have a mountain bike and a road bike, but I turned my mountain bike into more of a street bike, with slicks [smooth, skinny tires] on it—no knobbies—so that’s what I’ll ride. It handles potholes better.
“And I should probably take my wife to dinner once in a while. I like Silver Cloud because they have beef stroganoff.”
GO: Tour the 32nd Ward with Alderman Waguespack. 9/17 from 9:30 to 1:30. Free; bring snacks and/or cash for a lunch stop. The 22-mile ride begins in the backyard of 1113 W Webster (enter through the alley via Seminary or Clifton). More info: 773-248-5499
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
For those hoping to squeeze every last second out of summer, Movies in the Parks winds down with an outdoor screening of this nostalgic tearjerker. For something that will really make you cry—seriously, Drew Barrymore, was E.T. your last good role?—wait for 50 First Dates, 9/20 at 7 (Erie Park, 630 N Kingsbury).
GO: E.T.: 9/17 at 7. Harold Washington Playlot Park, 5200 S Hyde Park. Full schedule of remaining films: chicagoparkdistrict.com/moviesintheparks
Photography: (CLYBOURNE PARK) Michael Brosilow; (WAGUESPACK) Kathy Schubert