Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Whistler Woods workday on Fri. 12/15

It's great to get outdoors. Volunteers are needed this Friday 12/15 from 10 am to 1 pm for a habitat restoration workday - brush cutting and bonfires.  Snacks and water will be available. If you plan to attend, please email Ron Rodriguez and let him know.


Hiking boots or other boots or shoes that offer good support and traction are a good idea. When you arrive, look for volunteers along the lefthand side of the main parking lot, near the end of the parking lot. If you have work gloves, bring them, otherwise gloves will be available.  

How to get there:   Whistler Woods is just east of 13400 S Halsted in Riverdale.

By bike: if you're coming from the north, ride the Major Taylor Trail south until it ends in Whistler Woods and continue to the parking lot to find the volunteers.

By car: take Halsted to Forestview (13400S) - parking lot is the first left turn after you turn east onto Forestview.

From I-57, exit at eastbound 127th, then turn right on Halsted, then continue to 13400S and follow the directions above.

From I-94, exit at westbound 130th.  Continue past the viaduct, right (northbound) on Indiana, then continue left on 127th. Follow the directions above.

By transit:  Pace 352 Halsted bus

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

non sequitur Friday

Variations on a theme.





And one more Jaco tune just because....


Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting on Mon. 11/20

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will meet on Mon. 11/20 at Ridge Park fieldhouse (1817 W 96th St.), 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

For those who aren't familiar with our group and what we do, we are a non-profit advocacy group working to improve and maintain the Major Taylor Trail and promote its use. We have an active working relationship with the Chicago Park District, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Openlands and other non-profits and government agencies. We organize volunteer workdays, bike rides and other events.

We'd love to have your ideas and help with future events and projects. Please join us! Everyone is welcome.

non sequitur Friday



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Whistler Woods habitat restoration workday Friday 11/17

It's great to get outdoors. Volunteers are needed this Friday 11/17 from 10 am to 1 pm for a habitat restoration workday - brush cutting and bonfires.  Light snacks and water will be available.


Hiking boots or other boots or shoes that offer good support and traction are a good idea. When you arrive, look for volunteers along the lefthand side of the main parking lot, near the end of the parking lot. If you have work gloves, bring them, otherwise gloves will be available.  

How to get there:   Whistler Woods is just east of 13400 S Halsted in Riverdale.

By bike: if you're coming from the north, ride the Major Taylor Trail south until it ends in Whistler Woods and continue to the parking lot to find the volunteers.

By car: take Halsted to Forestview (13400S) - parking lot is the first left turn after you turn east onto Forestview.

From I-57, exit at eastbound 127th, then turn right on Halsted, then continue to 13400S and follow the directions above.

From I-94, exit at westbound 130th.  Continue past the viaduct, right (northbound) on Indiana, then continue left on 127th. Follow the directions above.

By transit:  Pace 352 Halsted bus

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2018 Metra fare increases and service changes

If you haven't gotten the details about what's going to change with Metra fares and service in 2018, here's the scoop:

A Zone C to A monthly pass will increase from $149.75 to $159.50.   A 10-ride will increase from $47.25 to $52.25. A 1-way ticket will increase from $5.25 to $5.50.

The price of $8 weekend passes will increase to $10.

For more details on new fares, click here. Fare increases will take effect 2/1/18.

Service cuts on the Beverly branch are as follows:

• Train 622 (arrives at LaSalle Street Station at 6:44 p.m.) will be eliminated.
• Train 424 (currently arrives at LaSalle Street at 6:28 p.m.) will now make all stops from Joliet to LaSalle Street via the Beverly Branch to accommodate Beverly Branch passengers who previously took Train 622, arriving at LaSalle Street at 6:45 p.m.

• Train 526 (arrives at LaSalle Street at 7:42 p.m.) will be eliminated.

• Train 532 (arrives at LaSalle Street at 11:50 p.m.) will be eliminated.

• Train 533 (departs LaSalle Street at 12:30 a.m.) will be eliminated.

• Train 527 (currently departs LaSalle Street at 8:45 p.m.) will depart at 9:15 p.m.

• Train 529 (currently departs LaSalle Street at 9:45 p.m.) will depart at 10:30 p.m.

• Train 531 (currently departs LaSalle Street at 11:15 p.m.) will depart at 11:45 p.m.

I don't know about you, but I often attend events and meetings downtown or in other neighborhoods after work.  These changes are going to hurt. Sometimes this will will mean later nights and longer trips home. Some of those trips will be longer because departures from downtown are too late for my trip, so I'll end up taking the red line and 95th St. bus more often instead of sitting around a long time to take Metra.

For more details on service cuts (including other lines), click here.

Mary Wisniewski of the Chicago Tribune has an article the subject today.



Friday, November 10, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Dan Ryan Woods habitat restoration workday on Sat. 11/11

It's great to get outside. Come out and volunteer at Dan Ryan Woods this Saturday 11/11 from 9:00 am-noon for Friends of the Forest Preserves' monthly habitat restoration workday.

Tools, gloves, and training provided. If you have work gloves you like, bring those. Wearing hiking boots or work boots is recommended.

91st St. parking lot (just north of the 91st St. Metra station).  Please contact Benjamin Cox at 773-398-1178 or benjamin@fotfp.org for more information and to let him know if you plan to attend.