The Chicago Drivers' Guide to Rideshare Street Smarts: The Lake's Edge—Near South Side
Cashing in on Coastlines
The ten best rideshare driving locales include seven with Lake Michigan beach fronts. The remaining three rub elbows with Chicago River banks at some point. Near South Side shares a coast line with both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.Its city center location flanked by Chicago’s premier waters draw residents, visitors and their rideshare demand.
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Rider(s) - leave from or return to their homes
Pickup from ‘Theatres at Roosevelt’, drop off at house
Resident rider(s) can also be commuter, consumer or guest depending on pick-up drop-off spots
Rider(s) who go to and depart from a place using public transit options
Employee going to work who takes a rideshare to a train station
Commuters are often residents, sometimes consumer and on occasion guest
Riders who go to and/or depart from a location they visit to engage in a chosen activity
A car load taken to see Dave Matthews Band at Northerly Island’s Huntington Pavilion
Consumers are often but not always guest
Riders who temporarily leave, lodge, or linger in Chicagoland
Tourist and virtually all hotel/motel and airport trips
Guest are often consumers of the area's featured attractions
Neighborhoods that provide two sources of extraordinary demand will make you money. Chicago’s Near South Side boast of three explosive beyond extraordinary sources of demand. Resident, consumer and guest requests here are abundant.
Dearborn Park is a quietly ornate district evenly split between the Loop and Near South Side. Although it’s little, ( estimated 1 mile north/south ½ mile east/west) its rideshare demand is large. Dearborn’s State Street presence produce prodigious trip totals.
Near South also includes a residential area bordered by Roosevelt Road, 18th Street and Michigan Ave to the north south and west. The north half of the historic Prairie District is within this region.
This expanse has several double digit dose trip producing residences in less than one square mile of city space. This has led me to numerous surcharged evening peak hour drop-off trips. Near South’s small area housing package engenders big dollar rideshare driving revenue.
Near South’s central city proximity gives rise to direct home to work rideshare trips. River North and the Loop, areas with a substantial business presence, are nearby. The cost difference between taking public transportation or directly to work “via” a lyft in an Uber may not matter to Near South Siders regardless of a rideshare tax. (puns intended) Taking residents from one super surcharged zone to another is a good source of morning business even at short distances.
The Museum Campus
Near South Side venues offer the most concentrated collection of cultural and crowd pleasing settings in all Chicago. The museum campus offers a tremendous trio of iconic sites within ¼ mile of one another: the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History and Adler Planetarium.
The Shedd and Field Museum each greet nearly two million annual visitors. The planetarium has welcomed over half a million stargazers per annum to its site in recent years. Their attendance enable consumer/guest trips practically all day long, every day and throughout the whole year. The campus along with Navy Pier and fellow Near South neighbor McCormick Place have provided me the most instances of passenger drop-offs immediately followed by new pickup request.
The Chicago Bears (by ESPN figures) hosted nearly half a million fans at Soldier Field in the 2018 football season. It only takes a fraction of that many Bears backers to contribute mightily to drivers’ coffers. I have done some Bear trips. However, it’s Soldier Field’s concerts where I’ve cashed in on trips. Beyoncé performances filled the arena and my ridesharemobile on consecutive August dates in 2018. Taylor Swift and other big names have also helped my business with massive outdoor shows.
Northerly Island, Burnham Harbor
Northerly Island is host to the Huntington Bank Pavilion, a site that can hold 30,000 riders. The pavilion averaged over 25 concert dates per season (typically May-September) from 2016 to 2019. Shows on the island’s grounds have provided me with many and moneyed trips due to the numbers quoted.
The best aspect about these Near South Side attractions is that trips going there can begin anywhere. I tend to pick people up in the city when driving to theses fan favored destinations. But, trips do come from afar. I once drove a couple from a southwest suburban hamlet to the Adler Planetarium (at least 30 miles) for a black tie affair. This happened on one of my first Saturday evenings as a rideshare chauffeur. And, good trips to featured attractions and events like that continued.
McCormick Place is more than a convention center. It is a complex with a Hyatt hotel attached and a Marriot nearby. The urban compound includes a C.T.A. (Chicago Transit Authority) and Metra regional rail stops along with arguably the best rideshare pickup/drop-off zone in the Chicago area.
McCormick Place, in my humble opinion influenced by an estimated 9,000 trips, is the best single location to get riders who are going to the airports. It’s also a favorite destination of rider guest coming from Midway Airport.
North America’s premier meeting place maintains a busy schedule. McCormick is hosting global guest gatherings nearly every week throughout the year. I’ve picked up and dropped off passengers on city and suburban trips alike.
The Near South with its location and featured attractions is a proven place to profit for rideshare drivers.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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