I’ve written about bike parking at Chicago area Target stores in the past as most of their urban stores have always seems to really make an effort to offer cyclists some real parking options near their entrances. Sometimes their well-placed parking bollards aren’t marked well for employees or other customers to notice, and they can get boxed in by shopping carts or garbage cans like at the Elston store I profiled a couple of years ago in this post . Other times they work really well, like at the Roosevelt/Clark Street store. The bollards in use at this location (sorry, no photos) are well-placed near the pedestrian entrance off the sidewalk on the corner of Clark and Roosevelt, as opposed to in the parking garage which is really only navigable by car – it’s not a pedestrian entrance.
Last summer I wrote about the Jackson Street Target store here in Chicago - a 2-story structure with car and bike parking on the first level, an enclosed entrance with elevators and escalators up to the full store on the second level. As I said in that post, it’s great, with covered bike parking near the entrance, with great sight-lines to the sidewalk and store entrance, curb cuts for bikes, and no dangerous route across parking-lot traffic to get to the racks or the entrance. The Target store on Peterson has a similar set up.
This past weekend the Ding Ding Let’s Ride family made a run to the newer Target store on Division Street in the Cabrini neighborhood. This is another store with parking on the first level of of the structure, and the store up on the 2nd level. Customers can drive, walk, or bike in from the street or sidewalk right to the main entrances.
There are at least two sidewalk accessible entrances to the structure and bike racks, and the bike racks up are near the entrance and one does not have to navigate curbs or traffic to access them.
I can’t claim to have done an exhaustive review of all the Target stores in Chicago though – definitely a few more I need to check out. What about you – have you biked to some of the other Target locations in Chicago? Is the bike parking at other stores set up as well as the stores mentioned in this post?