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GLIN==> Great Lakes Circle Tour 2005 to promote Illinois tourism, clean beaches

Submitted by Mary Beth Murphy <MaryBeth_Murphy@ltgov.state.il.us>. For more information, visit http://www.state.il.us/ltgov/

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From: Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn (o) 312-814-5220, (cell) 312-485-1852

Claude Walker 312-814-8760, Susan DeGrane 312-814-2094, Cesar Rodriguez 312-814-1940
Day of: Dan Persky (cell) 773-412-5538, Mary Beth Murphy (cell) 847-846-5666

Re: Great Lakes Circle Tour 2005 to promote Illinois tourism, clean beaches

What: Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn will bike, hike and drive the 63-mile Illinois leg of the Great Lakes Circle Tour, a 6,500-mile international road system encircling the five Great Lakes.

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2005 (from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)


8:30 a.m. William Powers Conservation Area, 122nd & Avenue O, Chicago

9:45 a.m. Shedd Aquarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

10:45 a.m. Buckingham Fountain, Columbus Drive at Congress, Chicago (with dozens of cyclists)

12:30 p.m. Gilson Park, 800 Gilson Drive, Wilmette

2:00 p.m. Waukegan Beach, Seahorse Drive and Lake Michigan, Waukegan

3:00 p.m. Illinois State Beach Fishing Pier, Winthrop Harbor


On Thursday, June 9, Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn will bike, hike and drive the 63-mile Illinois leg of the Great Lakes Circle Tour, a 6,500-mile international scenic road system encircling the Great Lakes to promote clean beaches and nature-based tourism.

Quinn will begin his all-day trek at the Illinois-Indiana state line, and finish at the Illinois-Wisconsin state line. Last summer, Quinn led a caravan of vintage cars down the Chicago-Springfield leg of legendary Route 66 to promote heritage-based tourism.

"Summer is a great time to discover the gems in our own backyard and the Great Lakes Circle Tour is a wonderful way to enjoy America's 'Third Coast'," said Quinn, who chairs the Illinois delegation to the Great Lakes Commission. The Great Lakes Circle Tour was designated in the 1980s by the Great Lakes Commission, a bi-national public agency that promotes clean water in the Great Lakes basin.

At each of five stops along the tour, Quinn will address a different topic, including Lake Calumet's industrial history, eco-tourism, clean waterways and beaches, bicycling, bird-watching, wildlife habitat, and the new Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center at the Shedd Aquarium. In Waukegan and Winthrop Harbor, Quinn will also tout the Main Street program, which is administered by the Lieutenant Governor's office.

Quinn will bike from Wolf Lake to 112th & Avenue G, from 18th Street to Shedd Aquarium, from Buckingham Fountain to Montrose Beach and from Winthrop Harbor to the Illinois State Beach Fishing Pier. To trace Quinn's Great Lakes Circle Tour 2005 route or learn more about the Calumet region's history, migratory bird flyways, bird-watching tips, cycling routes, clean beaches or the Great Lakes, visit: LtGovernor.il.gov.

"This summer, pack the kids in the car, grab a roadmap and follow the Circle Tour signs," Quinn urged. "You can drive from sunrise to sunset in a single day on the road hugging Illinois' 63-mile shoreline or take a month to circle the whole Great Lakes system. You'll experience the stunning beaches, sand dunes, wildlife, history, great cities and museums that sit on the shores of the world's largest source of fresh water."

During Quinn's Great Lakes Circle Tour 2005, he will visit the Chicago neighborhoods of Hegewisch, Calumet Park, South Chicago, South Shore, Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Bronzeville, the Gap, South Loop, the Loop, Streeterville, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park, and the communities of Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, North Chicago, Waukegan, Beach Park, Zion and Winthrop Harbor.


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