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  • Sat
    25
    Jul
    2020
    9:00am - 5:00 pmDaley Center 50 W Washington St, Chicago, Illinois 60602

    Schwinn Factory on Lake Street
    The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour

    Join Biketropolis, the Wheelmen and Chris McAuliffe, author of Cycling in Chicago (Images of America), as we pedal down memory lane to learn about our city's rich cycling history. We’ll start our journey at Daley Plaza, near locations where bicycling manufacturing once thrived, and discuss some of the top cycling events that took place in Chicago from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. Throughout the tour, we will share and discuss vintage photos, product catalogs and brochures that help paint the picture of how popular cycling was during this time period. McAuliffe and Wheelmen member Carey Williams will share stories about this important time in history; and we will ride with Williams and his fellow Wheelmen, who will be on antique bicycles and dressed in period apparel. The carefully curated route will take us past the places where several prominent bike manufacturers and showrooms once stood, where indoor racing events took place, and along some of the routes of early outdoor-racing competitions.

    Date: Saturday, July 25th 2020

    Time: 9 am to 5 pm

    Cost: $35

    Registration Link: https://biketropolis.eventbrite.com

    Departure Location: Daley Plaza - 50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602 (under the Picasso)

    Lunch: The Empanada Bike

    Total distance round-trip: 35 miles

    Average speed: 10-12 mph with rest stops planned along the way

    Skill level: Moderate ride/no drop.

    Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks and a camera.

  • Sun
    02
    Aug
    2020
    08:30 am - 5:00 pmDaley Plaza (Under the Picasso)

    Graffiti and Gears Cycling Tour

    Join Biketropolis and traverse the city by bicycle on this art tour highlighting Chicago's public murals, graffiti walls, and other street decorations. This year's tour will focus on the northside of Chicago, guest speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Capping off our tour will be an opportunity to witness an organized graffiti competition at the Battle of the Eagle with our friend Flash (Artistic Bombing Crew & Classic Cruisers), curator of Project Logan.

    Date: Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

    Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

    Cost: $35 (Includes a donation to West Town Bikes)

    Registration Link: https://biketropolis.eventbrite.com

    Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso).

    Lunch: The Empanada Bike

    Distance:  35 miles

    Average speed: 10-12 mph with rest stops planned along the way

    Skill level: Moderate ride/no drop.

    Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks and a camera.

  • Sun
    25
    Oct
    2020
    9:00 am - 4:00 pmKwanusila Totem Pole - 3510 N Recreation Dr, Chicago, IL 606573510 N Recreation Dr, Chicago, IL, 60657


    The Historic Cemetery Cycling Tour

    Join Biketropolis and pedal through Graceland Cemetery and Rosehill Cemetery for a one of a kind tour and explore the history, architecture, landscaping, nature, and the wildlife. Graceland Cemetery was founded in 1860 and is the home of many architects and influential people that help build and shape Chicago. Along with its incredible design and architecture, Graceland Cemetery is also a certified arboretum and the home of vast wildlife. Rosehill Cemetery is an architectural wonder, the Gatehouse dates back to 1864 and was designed by famed architect William Boyington, who also designed the Chicago Water Tower, one of the city’s most recognizable historical landmarks. In 1975, the castle-like, Castellated Gothic arched entryway became a National Registered Historic Site. This tour also includes a visit to the Edgewater Historical Society. If time permits we will also ride through West Ridge Nature Preserve.

    Date: Sunday, October 25th

    Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

    Cost: $25 (Includes a donation to the Edgewater Historical Society)

    Registration Link: https://biketropolis.eventbrite.com

    Departure Location: Kwanusila Totem Pole (3510 N Recreation Dr, Chicago, IL 60657)

    Lunch: First Slice Pie Shop (Andersonville Location) and The Empada Bike – (Bring Cash, Debit, or Credit Card for Lunch)

    Total Distance Round Trip: 20 Miles Round Trip

    Average Speed: 10 MPH with plenty of rest stops planned along the way.

    Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop

    Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks, sunscreen, smart phone or camera.