FRIENDS OF THE PARKS wrote -Now in its 28th year, The L.A.T.E. Ride is Friends of the Parks' signature event. Proceeds help support stewardship, education and outreach efforts in Chicago's parks and open spaces. Friends of the Parks' mission is to preserve, protect, improve and promote the use of parks and open spaces throughout the Chicago area for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors. Help us help your parks!