So, I awoke last Saturday morning at 7:30am, got ready to go and left my home in W Rogers Park by 8:25am. I had a 9am massage client downtown at Jackson & Wabash. I never made it due to the Hot Chocolate 15K Run. I had never heard of the Hot Chocolate Run and because of the way it was organized, I spent 2 hours stuck in traffic and failed to get to my client's building.
It all started so well. I got to the Jackson St. exit of the Kennedy by 8:40am and called my client to let her know I would be at her building in a few minutes. After I hung up, I realized there was a sea of red tail lights on Jackson and NOBODY WAS MOVING. I called my client to let her know I was stuck in traffic. I tried to get out of the Jackson St. traffic by going over to Adams St. and soon realized that most of the streets were blocked off and I ended up right back on Jackson St. I figured I would just sit in traffic on Jackson St but after moving at a snail's pace for 2 blocks, I realized that Jackson was blocked off and I was rerouted yet again back to Adams St.
I called my client yet again and told her that there was no way for me to get to her and that I was going home. This was at 9:17am. I was now going west on Adams St. and I should have gotten on the Kennedy at Adams, in retrospect. How far west could the run go? So, I kept driving farther and farther west, hoping with every street that I would get to the end of this nightmare. Every single street between Wells and Damen was blocked off both to the north and south. At one point, traffic came to a complete standstill for about 20 minutes outside of Malcolm X College. My favorite part was when a guy in a black Land Rover drove on the SIDEWALK to get in front of the rest of us losers. FINALLY, I made it to Damen and I was free of the insanity. By this time, it was after 10am. By the time I got home, it was 10:30am and I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER.
I am appealing to the person or persons who organizes these events. Please do not shut down the entire downtown area on a Saturday morning. Some of us are just trying to make a living.