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What are Chicago’s Best Places to Get Away From Car Traffic?

When you hang out on Northerly Island, the park created after the downtown Meigs Field airport was bulldozed, it’s easy to forget you live in a car-choked city. Photo: Jeff Zoline

Last month occasional Streetsblog writer Shaun Jacobsen noted on Twitter that widening North Lake Shore Drive, a possible scenario for its impending reconstruction, would be a huge step in the wrong direction, and it's a shame that the drive currently detracts from most of the lakefront parks and beaches. "Why can’t we have one part of the city where you can’t hear cars?" Jacobsen wrote. A Bronzeville resident named Jamahl replied:

This is why most of my favorite lakefront parks are on the far South Side. I hear nothing at Calumet Park. https://t.co/QTXBCg2ZRF

— Jamahl. (@TheFreeXone) July 20, 2018

I chimed in that I like Montrose Beach for the same reason -- it's so far away from Lake Shore Drive that there's virtually no highway noise. Then, via the Streetsblog Chicago account, I asked our readers for their favorite places in Chicago to take a break from the noise, sight, smell, and stress of motor vehicle traffic. Here are some of the responses:

Read the full Twitter thread here.

What are your favorite car-free hideaways? Let us know in the comment section.

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