On Sunday afternoon 6/8, Open Streets is coming to Blue Island for the first time. If you're not familiar with the concept of Open Streets, it's been done a few times in Chicago. Minneapolis is doing several events this year. Portland and San Francisco are doing it, too.
There's more than one name for this type of event: Ciclovia, Open Streets, Sunday Streets, Sunday Parkways.
It started with Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia and became a big event in Medellin and other Colombian cities. This inspired similar events in other cities around the world.
In Blue Island, Greenwood Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between 127th and 119th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The street will become an activity space for walking, biking, skating, dancing and other forms of fun. Click here for info.
I'd love to see an event like this happen in the 19th ward.