Went riding in Millennium Park today. This was my first ride wearing tights and so far I like them. They keep my knees warm enough and my legs cool enough, plus I didn't feel my feet go numb. I still don't have any long sleeve jerseys and my arms seem to go numb on and off. This time I didn't forget to bring snacks and that helped keep up my energy even with going farther than I did last time. My glutes became real tired toward the end, but I didn't feel like I hit a wall. I kept an eye on the time on my cycling computer making sure I kept drinking every 15 mins. throughout the ride and I ate a snack about every 40 mins.
I put a extra small pack on my bike to carry some more gear(bike lock, snacks, Driver ID). This worked out okay, I could tell there was some extra weight. I will probably only take this if I need the lock when I know I'm going to stop someplace I will need it. Once I get the pockets sewn on my jersey I can put my snacks in there along with my keys and I won't need the extra pack.
I scouted out some of the Standale trail while I was there. It looks pretty good. Not too busy of road there. The trail crosses a couple roads right away and the rest looks like it will be more of the same. Millennium Park is a gem for road riding. You just keep going and going, no roads to cross. Love it!