LFT Closed


Wow, never thought I would be typing those words. But it is. And, it’s all our fault.

Today, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, advised residents that the Lakefront Trail, 606, Riverwalk, and all parks would be closed indefinitely. Yesterday, as temperatures neared 60 degrees, people came out in droves and flooded the LFT. The images would have been promising of an early spring, had we not been in the middle of a global pandemic.

I mean, come on Chicago. Over the weekend, CPD had to shut down house parties because of large gatherings and on our first nice day, there were barely 6 inches between people, let alone 6 feet.

Enough. Mayor Lightfoot has spoken and we must now listen. And it is with everyone’s best interest that she has made the determination to close the LFT for now.

Should we continue to make poor decisions, there will be a three step process for law enforcement to follow – warning, citation, and arrest. Fines could be up to $500.

Again, this does not mean you can’t go out and walk, run, bike, etc. You just can’t do it together. Go out alone, from your home, and run solo. Visit areas of the city that you don’t normally see. Race stoplights. Take note of the way restaurants and bars are doing carry out. Just be alone.

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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several marathons and half marathons each year. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete


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