A Bridge Too Slow: Tribune Weighs In On Tourists
By Marcus Gilmer in News on May 31, 2010 5:45PM
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Sure, it can get frustrating dodging gawking visitors as we weave our way around the loop, scurrying around doing errands on our lunch hour. And, yes, we admit to having grumbled "Stupid tourists," under our breath on more than one occasion. In fact, yes, on a daily basis during the summer. But when talking about them, we can't muster more frustration than a "whatcanyado" shrug. Those visitors are but one of the inconveniences we know we have to deal with when living in a city as big and as popular (and as beautiful) as Chicago. At least we leave in a city people want to visit. And anyone who doesn't expect any part of Michigan Ave. to be a clogged clustermess at any point during the summer...well, you should know better by now. Still, while we can't get as worked up as Brotman, maybe those "tourist" and "local" lanes aren't such a bad idea after all.
Bonus holiday read: for a bit more reading about the corner of Michigan and Wacker, check out the aptly named essay, "Michigan and Wacker," by renowned writer - and former Chicago resident - Sarah Vowell.