Graffiti and Gears Adventure Cycling Tour
We will be traversing the city on our bicycles on an art tour to visit many of the city’s Murals, Graffiti Walls, and Street Art. Key points of interests include the Pilsen Mural Wall, Hubbard Street Murals, The 606 Murals, Permission Logan, Vivian Maier Mural, The Mile of Murals, and hidden gems in between all of these sites I have been tracking. Proceeds will be donated to West Town Bikes, please select a donation you can afford from one of the registration links below.
Date: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00pm
Cost: $5, $10, or $20
Start Time 1: 9:00 am Eckhart Park – 1330 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60622
Start Time 2: 11:45 am West Town Bikes – 2459 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Start Time 3: 2:30 pm Chicago Mural – 2226 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL. 60647
Total Distance Round Trip: 10, 25, and 50 Mile Round Trip Options
Average Speed: 10 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop
Lunch: https://www.facebook.com/empbike/ (you can also pack your own lunch)
Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks, cash for lunch, sunscreen and a camera
Once we arrive Logan Square we will receive an in-depth tour from Gabriel Carasquillo AKA FLASH of the ABC Crew (Artistic Bombing Crew), he began posting and documenting Chicago Graffiti’s culture. Two years later in 2005, he would become the Moderator for Chicago Graffiti Forums, a site used by schools and universities as a place of reference for students learning about the history of Chicago Graffiti. Today, the site gets 1 million visits a year. His Graffiti photo collection has over 35 years of Chicago Graffiti and street art. His photos have appeared in Roger Gaston’s History of American Graffiti and other graffiti publications. His block letters are featured in “CRACKDOWN 2” a video game by Ruffhouse for X-BOX 360.
For the past five years, Gabriel Carasquillo has curated “Project Logan” a permission wall which rotates various artistic styles of Graffiti. Most recently, he was invited to participate in the inaugural creation of the 606 Chicago Graffiti Garden Arena. Both projects serve as a visual record of an ever-changing community and the evolution of Graffiti. Another one of his loves is riding bicycles with the Classic Cruisers an old school beach cruiser club out of Humboldt Park.
Other well-known artists work we will visit throughout our adventure are as follows,
Banksy (I may know where there is still one left)
Etc. (Too many to mention)