Friday, June 24, 2016

Pride Weekend Survival Tips


Way back when CWB was just a little 3-month old with nearly 50 page views a day, we posted "STREET WISE: Our Suggestions For Pride Weekend."

Everything we said back in June 2013 still applies this year, so we're sharing the tips again.

In a nutshell: Have a good time, avoid Belmont, and leave before the fun goes sideways (as it inevitably will).

At All Times

• Stay with the herd. Walk with at least one other person. If possible, tag along with other groups. Wrigleyville and Boystown thugs operate just like the cheetahs on Animal Planet. Do not be the slowest gazelle.
• Carry as little cash as possible. If you can get by with your ID and one credit card, do it. Leave everything else behind.
• Avoid using your phone on the street. Look around before you take your phone out in public. Minimize the time your phone is exposed and stay alert when it is out.
• Do not get drunk. Okay, fine, we'll meet you half way. Do not drink to the point that your level of intoxication is apparent in the way you act. Swervy, stumbly people may as well scream "mug me."
• Do not engage strangers on the street. Keep walking. Do not stop to give someone a cigarette, a light, or a dollar.
• If things start to get even a little sketch, jet!

Today and tomorrow after sunset (Friday and Saturday)

• Leave the area by midnight. Take a taxi. 
• If you take the train, use the Addison L station. Do not use the Belmont station. 
• Avoid walking through large groups that are blocking the sidewalk. Go as far around as possible 
• Belmont Avenue is a NO GO ZONE between 11:00pm and 6:00am both nights. Stay at least a block away from it, no matter how many people are with you.

Sunday

• Enjoy the parade. Leave the area by 8:30pm 
• The parade's Diversey leg draws relatively thin crowds. It's a good place to go if you're looking for some space and less hassle. 
• On Sunday, Belmont Avenue is a NO GO ZONE after 8:30pm. Stay at least a block away from it, no matter how many people are with you.  (Update for 2016: Halsted south of Cornelia is on the cusp of earning NO GO ZONE status, too. Use your own best judgment.)
• If you take the train, use the Addison L station. Do not use the Belmont station.
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