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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29 comments:

  1. Watch if you are obviously being followed, even in a crowd. My first Pride living in Chicago a decade ago and the natives I was with were oblivious to them crossing the street and following. I noticed and looked them square in the eye and they retreated. It was in the afternoon and none of us were drunk.

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  2. My parade survival tip is to pack up the car and dogs and leave the area entirely by 10a Sunday and don't return until Monday. Sad that this is the only true way to stay safe. I hate effectively getting kicked out of my own home. I'm totally surrounded by "no go" zones. Looking forward to (and a little scared for) your updates during the day and night, from afar.

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    1. I don't think leaving is the solution but I do think it is good the Halsted Whole Foods and other businesses are closed for the parade. Definitely time to hunker down.

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  3. Do not use ATM machines at all anywhere that day. Plan ahead.

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  4. I can only imagine the horror stories that will be published on the excellent CWB site on Monday, following the coming shitstorm of Sunday night. God help us all. If 2012-2015 were any indication, we are FUCKED.

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  5. To all of us who live in the neighborhood stock your fridge and stay in... What used to be a great time gay or straight has turn in to a nightmare ! And I thank the CPD in Advance for the hell they're going to endure this lovely weekend ❗️ Stay safe

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  6. Out-of-towners, don't sit on stoops of private residences, blocking the doorways. And if you sit on the grass, remember that 1000 dogs have pooped there.

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    1. That's always irritating as hell even on non-parade days. Here's a tip from one of my very, very liberal neighbors (that supports COH etc) when they were always blocking our entrance...."Just call the police and tell them they're selling drugs and they'll be right over". I never did that but ain't that sumpthin'?

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  7. Also beware of anyone asking the time (while they're standing under the large clock at the bank on Clark/Belmont), how to get to Diversey and Argyle, or commenting how you have "such a nice ass for a White guy". It's a ruse.

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  8. Oh! And "Will you take our picture?" (under a dark tree on a dark nearby street) is a ruse too. Tell them you gotta let your dog out as ignoring them can lead to a violent attack. It worked for me.

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  9. Vote your precinct dry!

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    1. 50% of the "partiers" don't drink. That's why a bottle of lukewarm Ice Mountain water is $4 at some Halsted St bars. as most are burning hot from the drugs. That's why you can't get a glass of ice water either, they'd make no $.

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  10. At the end of the day, thank Tommy Tunney for all the vulgar crap that will go down between 10am Sunday and 6am Monday. Send him an email, call his office, visit in person, make your experiences known to him. Remember, he said he would be all up in our butts, and we need to hold him to that promise from a couple of years ago.

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  11. Thank you, CWB. You're doing more in the public interest than either the City, or Tunney.

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  12. SURVIVAL TIP #1 Get out of town and spend a lovely weekend in Wisconsin. Come back on Monday, of course!

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  13. What is the Osterman gay beach like on pride day ? Maybe a good refuge from it all, so long as you take the 147 express there from the (safer) east Loop.

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  14. Thanks CWB. You provided more safety instructions than CPD. May I add one - trust no one this weekend. Your individual safety is yours alone.

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  15. The only way to stay safe this weekend is to leave town. I made the mistake of not doing this last year and was terrified to take my dog out at 10pm both Saturday & Sunday night (and I live a block from the police station).

    Posted from my hotel room

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  16. Reading this shit is like reading a how-to for zombie apocalypse. How sad.

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  17. Don't go out if you don't need to. And hold your elected officials accountable for keeping a parade that has outgrown the area here just so that businesses that don't vote or live here can keep donating money to their political campaigns. This parade should have been moved downtown years ago.

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  18. Purchase a flamethrower.

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  19. I'm going to Oak Brook Center tomorrow and doing lunch and dinner and going shopping. Keeping my sales tax dollars out of Crook County for the day.

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  20. Just leave town for the event.

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  21. This is a heck of a list. Seriously if you have to take these sort of precautions. Just don't go out, i agree with the person who said leave town. This is seriously not worth putting your life endanger to be apart of something that is obviously not safe.

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  22. An "L" alternative could also be the Wellington station. There is less riff-raff on Brown Line trains. If you get stabbed waiting for the train, the Hospital is right there.

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  23. Why is it that the taxpayers who sacrifice & contribute have to fear for their lives? Instead of just celebrating & enjoying a parade taxpayers feel they have to leave town. This is ludicrous!We are aware that much of this mess can be traced back to the mayor,alderman,judges and the red line.

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    1. I would just blame all of the stupid and corrupt mayor, city council, and court system. Rahmo does not care about losing ratables - he'll just raise property taxes to compensate on whoever is left to compensate, as we just saw. Remember - he is beahving as an bungling, aloof CEO, not a mayor. Also, the fact is, all too many Chicagoans are in denial about all of this, or thsi it is just on sevral pockets on the South or West side, and any other area is better, therefore, safe. By NYC Standards, the entire city is a disaster.

      As for the "Red Line", CTA and its predecessor "L" trains have been running through to the South Side, albeit on the South Side "L" as opposed to Dan Ryan Line, since 1903. That's a constant, so that is a secondary cause based on the others I mentioned.

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  24. Belmont between Halsted and the Red Line is a NO GO ZONE every weekend between 11:00P.M. and 6:00A.M. Cannot tell you how many times I have been harassed, followed, yelled at, etc. trying to get to the Red Line to get to a race (marathon, etc.). Anyone else experience this?
    I really appreciate CWB!

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    1. I completely agree. When coming down to Lakeview I always avoid Belmont except during the day, and even then you gotta keep your eyes open. Kinda sad that only a few years ago it was okay, and now you're at risk by being there late at night. Not surprising, just frustrating. I just wish people weren't so oblivious to it.

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