LSD in Chicago #AtoZChallenge

ChicagoAs in years past, this month I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. 2016 marks my fifth anniversary, so to celebrate, I’m hosting Friday Blog-Ins here in San Diego; you can find out more info about where we’re meeting each week on my A to Z Challenge page.

My monthly theme is Chicago From A to Z, so stay tuned from Monday to Saturday for new posts on the Windy City. Or sign up for my mailing list (delivered weekly, on Fridays) so you don’t miss a thing!

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Not that kind of LSD, you skeevy stoners!

Chicago has a very special brand of LSD:

Lake

Shore

Drive.

"The Great Snake" image by Flickr user Justin Kern

“The Great Snake” image by Flickr user Justin Kern

"Lake Shore Drive During Snowmageddon" image by Flickr user Shutter Runner

“Lake Shore Drive During Snowmageddon” image by Flickr user Shutter Runner

I think we can agree, this lake-adjacent motorway is much more far-out than tripping on acid – although if you did LSD on LSD, well… that’s probably the trippiest of all (but for legal reasons I must advise against it).

If you’ve seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you’ve seen Lake Shore Drive when Ferris and his friends are driving downtown. It’s a montage sequence, where Ferris is turning around to talk to Cameron, who yells at him to put his hands back on the wheel.

Lake Shore Drive is a great way to cruise the lakefront, snap some cool pix, and get a feel for the sheer size of the city.

Driving notes

It is, however, not a great choice when it’s storming, because the drive is so close to the lake that it can (and does) experience flooding. So, fair warning, don’t try to cruise LSD when there’s a thunderstorm or winter snowstorm approaching.

Also, please note that Lake Shore Drive has two strands: the outer and inner drives. The inner drive hooks up with the downtown street grid, so it’s best for local traffic, whereas the outer drive is basically a bypass that’ll let you shoot from the south end of the city to the north (or vice versa).

Another quirk of LSD is that it runs both north/south and east/west, at different points. Confused? Just think about the geography: this street hugs the lake, which means it curves around a bit.

Musical interlude!

Finally, LSD is so famous, it’s even got its own song:

Additional Resources

What do you think?

Like the lake? If so, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with plenty more shore action!

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5 Responses
  1. JazzFeathers says:

    The pics are really nice.
    I’ve heard weird things about the lake… I mean, weird for a person living not far from a lake in Italy, a lake that doesn’t look like a sea of its own ;-)
    But it’s fascinating. I like learnign these kind of things.

  2. Glenda says:

    Is there a place to pull over and fish?

  3. Liz A. says:

    Driving along the lake… Looks kind of similar to PCH here in California at certain spots.

  4. Shelly says:

    I’m no stoner but the mention of LSD reminds me of my own county’s history less than 20 miles from where I’ve raised my four kids. http://hangryfork.com/life/harbin-hot-springs-middletown-ca/

  5. Debs Carey says:

    LSD is what us English used to call our old money (£sd or pounds, shillings, pence)! Not as visually stunning as Chicago’s LSD though.

    Debs Carey
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