I didn’t get to use wifi anywhere on Sunday so I’m catching up on three days today. I didn’t feel great on this beautiful afternoon so didn’t make it to the library, leaving pretty much Panera at night. I was just about to bike to Metra to take a short trip to Park Ridge’s Panera, but it was so beautiful out I changed directions and decided to bike to my closest one, about a 20 minute ride. My closest Panera has been moved since I last went, into a new building that didn’t even exist, hadn’t even started to exist, the last time I was at the Damen/Fullerton/Elston intersection. It was startling to pass the empty old Panera (across from what I think of the “original” Target, as it was the only Target in city limits when I moved to Chicago and for years after) and then continue on down Elston and into the protected bike lane to the new building. It’s a drive-thru Panera, but unlike every new drive-thru Starbucks I’ve seen built in Chicago, it doesn’t seem to have any bike rack. This makes it even worse than its previous location with almost no bike parking, one rack on the corner to serve Panera and the gym next door (though maybe the gym put some in eventually?). So I locked to the fence inside the parking lot, took a photo of the lack of a rack, and went in for my coffee (mostly decaf) and wifi. It’s a beautiful interior, at least, much more open and enjoyable than the previous location. And now I need to bike home and figure out how to get Instagram back on my phone after deleting it when my phone got full and being unable to get it back all day.

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Chicagoan/Iowan. Trying to write. Buildings, books, bars, bikes, transit, cooking, photography…

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