Tours

Group photo during our lunch stop on The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour
  • Sun
    12
    Mar
    2017
    8:00 amDaley Plaza - 50 W. Washington St, Chicago, Illinois

    Beverly Givins Caste
    Shamrocks and Shenanigans Cycling Tour

    Let’s bike to the South Side Irish Parade, go on a tour of Chicago’s Only Castle in the neighborhood of Beverly; we will also tour the amazing architecture and learn about the history of the region by resident cyclist Anne Alt, then enjoy lunch at Ellie's. This ride will be the first official Adventure Cycling Tour of 2017 as we pedal back to the south side.

    Please visit the Adventure Cycling Tours website directly to reserve your spot.

    https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/shamrocks-and-shenanigans/

    Date: Sunday, March 12th
    Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
    Cost: $20 (Includes a donation to the castle)
    Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
    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, camera, and something green.

    We will kick our Adventure off departing from Daley Plaza, cycle along The Chicago River Walk, see a spectacular view of the Chicago River dyed green, Wolf Point, and The Eastland Disaster site. Next, we will work our way up the lake front to cross the newly constructed 35th Street Bridge. We will continue cycling through Bronzeville, Bridgeport; then we will head south to Beverly. Once we arrive in Beverly, we will tour the amazing architecture of the local neighborhood and learn about its history, enjoy lunch at Ellie's, participate in a tour of the Givins’ Irish Castle, then watch the South Side Irish Day Parade. The return trip will take us through a significant portion of the Major Taylor Trail built in honor of an African-American bicycle racer, civil rights pioneer, and author. We will make a final stop at Marquette Park, then head back to downtown Chicago.

  • Sun
    09
    Apr
    2017
    8:00 amDaley Plaza - 50 W. Washington St, Chicago, Illinois


    Steelworkers Pilgrimage Cycling Tour

    Date: Sunday, April 9th 2017
    Time: 7:45am to 4:00pm
    Cost: $20 (Includes donation to the James P. Fitzgibbons Memorial Museum)
    Registration Link https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/steelworkers-pilgrimage-cycling-tour/#tourBooking
    Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
    Total Distance Round Trip: 50 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

    Ride with us to explore the Steelworkers life in South Chicago and Northern Indiana. We will first head South to our first point of interest The Steelworkers Park where we can explore the archeological ruins of The Ore Walls of the US South Steel Works. We will then head over the Ewing Avenue Bridge and pass by the smallest cemetery in Chicago housing The Tomb of Andreas von Zirngibl. This one-armed soldier fought Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo. We will then head over to Calumet Park and visit the James P. Fitzgibbons Memorial Museum. Next, we will visit the Illinois–Indiana State Line Boundary Marker Obelisk which is the oldest monument in Chicago located at the Commonwealth Edison State Line Generating Plant. Our next leg of the tour we will bike down to Marktown’s Historic District which was once a master planned steelworker factory town and enjoy a walking tour hosted by Marktown’s preservationist and resident Paul Myers. We will also visit the Republic Steel Sculpture and the Memorial Day Massacre Plaque. On our return trip, we will head back over to the Steelworkers Park to a secret location to take in breathtaking views of the skyline of Chicago.

  • Sun
    21
    May
    2017
    8:00 amThe Spoke & Bird 205 - 209 E 18th St (Corner of 18th & Indiana), Chicago, Illinois 60616


    Steelworkers Pilgrimage Cycling Tour Reprise

    Date: Sunday, May 21st, 2017
    Time: 8:00am to 1:00pm
    Cost: Free
    Registration Link: https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/steelworkers-pilgrimage-cycling-follow-up-tour-5202017/#tourBooking
    Departure Location: The Spoke and Bird
    Total Distance Round Trip: 25 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, camera, and cash for lunch at the fishery.

    Ride with us to Steelworkers Park to explore the park and surrounding area. Point's of interests include The Ore Wall, Southside Velodrome, St. Michael the Archangel, Ewing Avenue Bridge, and The Tomb of Andreas von Zirngibl (We have been granted permission by the owners of the decommissioned recycling yard where this tomb located to get up close to the smallest cemetery in Chicago. We will also stop off at Calumet Fisheries (Where the Blues Brothers Jumped the Bridge) for lunch before our return ride. Note: The vintage photo I used for this tour is what the area once looked like during the peak of U.S. Steel South Works Plant's operation.

     

  • Sun
    04
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 amThe Spoke & Bird 205 - 209 E 18th St (Corner of 18th & Indiana), Chicago, Illinois 60616


    Pedal To Pullman Adventure Cycling Tour

    Join us for a cycling adventure back in time to the first successful working factory city in the United States founded by railroad car mogul George M. Pullman. Once we arrive, we will visit the Pullman National Monument and the Pullman Visitors Center, participate in an in-depth walking tour of the Pullman Factory Buildings, The Hotel Florence, and a neighborhood walking tour. We will also go on a cycling tour of the labor movement street art created resident artist JB Daniel and tours of the Back Alley Street Art Paradise created by another prominent resident artist Ian Lantz.

    Date: Sunday, June 4th, 2017
    Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $20 (Includes paid walking tour)
    Registration Link: https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/pedal-to-pullman-06042017/#tourBooking
    Departure Location: Spoke & Bird (205 E 18th St, Chicago, IL 60616)
    Total Distance Round Trip: 40 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
    Lunch: We will grab a bite to eat at The Pullman Cafe please look over their menu. http://thepullmancafe.com or bring your own lunch and enjoy relax at Arcade Park.

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 ampin The Spoke & Bird 205 - 209 E 18th St (Corner of 18th & Indiana), Chicago, Illinois 60616


    Gary Indiana Architecture Preservation Cycling Tour

    Come ride with us on our next great cycling adventure to Gary Indiana for the cities organized Gary Preservation Tour Event. We will discover the lost architecture that is under way of being preserved. For 1 day only, we will join in on architectural walking tours and go inside many abandon buildings (without even sneaking in) that are being saved. We will also check out Lake Effekt where we will get the opportunity to witness over 60 street artists create amazing street art and urban murals.

    Date: Saturday, June 17th, 2017
    Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $20 (Includes a donation we will make as a group to the Marktown 100 Year Celebration)
    Registration Link (https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/gary-indiana-architecture-preservation-cycling-tour-6172017/#tourBooking)
    Departure Location: The Spoke and Bird (205 E. 18th Street)
    Total Distance Round Trip: 60 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, camera, and cash for lunch (TBD).

    Here is the complete list of the buildings we will visit....

    Gary Land Company Building

    Union Station

    Gary City Hall

    Lake County Courthouse

    Gary State Bank Building

    City Methodist Church

    Hotel Gary (Genesis Towers)

    Old U.S. Post Office

    Additional activities will be held at the following locations.

    Heat, Light and Water Building

    Art House

    Gary Human Rights Commission Museum (Old Sears and Roebuck Building)

     

  • Sun
    16
    Jul
    2017
    9:00 ampin Eckhart Park 1330 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60653

    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

    $5 https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/5-graffiti-and-gears-cycling-tour-07162017/#tourBooking
    $10 https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/10-graffiti-and-gears-cycling-tour-07162017/#tourBooking
    $20 https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/graffiti-and-gears-cycling-tour/#tourBooking

    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)

    ROA
    Hebru Brantley
    JC Rivera
    Nikko Locander
    Etc. (Too many to mention)

  • Sun
    13
    Aug
    2017
    9:00 amDaley Plaza 50 W Washington, Chicago, Illinois


    Point and Shoot Camera Cycling Tour

    Join us for this hands on photography lesson as we cycle through Oak Park Chicago to photograph the various historical landmarks and architectural creations of Frank Lloyd Wright and others. We will stop for lunch in Oak Park then proceed onward to Thatcher Woods (River Forest) for the nature portion of this photography lesson. This hands on photography lesson will provide you with all the techniques and tips you need to take stunning photos with your smart phone's built in camera. (Any smart phone or camera can be used for this lesson)

    Date: Sunday, August 13th

    Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm Cost: $20 (Includes photography lesson)

    Registration Link: https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/point-and-shoot-camera-cycling-tour/#tourBooking

    Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)

    Lunch: TBD

    Total Distance Round Trip: 30 Miles Round Trip Average Speed:10-12 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.

    Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop

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

  • Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017
    8:00 ampin The Spoke & Bird 205 - 209 E 18th St (Corner of 18th & Indiana), Chicago, Illinois 6016


    Bike to the Marktown Centennial Celebration

    Date: Saturday, August 19th 2017
    Time: 8:00am to 3:00pm
    Cost: Free
    Departure Location: The Spoke and Bird
    205 E 18th St, Chicago, IL 60616
    Total Distance Round Trip: 50 Miles
    Average Speed: 12-14 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
    Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop
    Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks and a camera

    We have been graciously been invited back to Marktown to help celebrate the Marktown Centennial Celebration in Southeast Chicago, Indiana. We will participate in a Marktown Historic District walking tour hosted by Marktown’s preservationist and resident Paul Myers, plus various additional points of interest along the way and on the return trip such as The Ore Wall, Steelworkers Park, Wolf Lake, The Republic Steel and Memorial Day Massacre Site and Sculpture. Oh yeah did I mention we will search for a hidden Pullman Car?

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    7:00 amDaley Center 50 W Washington St, Chicago, Illinois 60602


    Bike to Fermilab's Open House

    Bike to the Fermi Labs Open House (We reserved 15 tickets https://www.facebook.com/events/1396735527062030?%3Fti=ia)

    We will head out early and bike to the Fermilab Open House to enjoy nature and science!

    Points of Interests along the way...

    Illinois Prairie Path
    Bison Farm
    Nature
    Trains
    Broken Symmetry Sculpture
    Wilson Hall
    Fermilab's Open House

    Cost: Free
    Registration Link: https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/bike-to-fermilabs-open-house-09232017/#tourBooking
    Total Distance Round Trip: 80 Miles Round Trip
    Average Speed: 12-14 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
    Skill level: Intermediate / No drop
    Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks, sunscreen, smart phone or camera, lights, cash.
    Lunch and Dinner: TBD (Maybe Two Brothers?)

  • Sun
    29
    Oct
    2017
    9:00 amKwanusila Totem Pole 3510 N Recreation Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60657

    Gracelend Cemetery
    Graceland Cemetery Cycling Tour

    Be a part of history and bike with Adventure Cycling Tours through Graceland Cemetery for a one of a kind tour. For the first time and with special permission we have been granted access to explore the history, architecture, landscaping, nature, and the wildlife that makes up this beautiful 120 Acre Chicago space. 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. This tour also includes a visit to the Edgewater Historical Society to view the “Made In Chicago” exhibit. Meet at the fully restored Kwanusila Totem Pole along the lake front path then head for our journey to Graceland Cemetery. After our visit to the Edgewater Historical Society we will bike through The Wonderful Westridge Nature Preserve.

    Date: Sunday, October 29th
    Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
    Cost: $20 (Includes a donation to the Edgewater Historical Society)
    Registration Link: https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/graceland-cemetery-cycling-tour-10292017/#tourBooking
    Departure Location: Kwanusila Totem Pole (3510 N Recreation Dr, Chicago, IL 60657)
    Lunch: The Empanada Bike https://www.facebook.com/empbike/
    and First Slice Pie Cafe http://www.firstslice.org
    (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.

  • Sun
    12
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 amThe Spoke & Bird 205 - 209 E 18th St (Corner of 18th & Indiana), Chicago, Illinois 60616


    Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, The Big Marsh, and ACME Coke Plant

    We will begin our journey from The Prairie Avenue District (The Spoke & Bird) where George Pullman’s massive family residence once stood and then pedal our way to The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum located across from The Pullman Wheelworks Factory. The Randolph Pullman Porter Museum contains a permanent collection displays exhibits which are pertinent to the study of American Labor History with a specific focus on the African-American contribution to America’s labor history of the Pullman Company, as it relates to the labor history of African American Railroad employees.

    We will then bike through The Historic Neighborhood of Pullman. Pullman was built in 1880 and was the planned model factory town where employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company lived and worked. George M. Pullman’s Town today still contains the Pullman Administration Building and Clock Tower, The Hotel Florence, The Green Stone Church, The Pullman Mural, and home to the newly installed former President Barack Obama and George M. Pullman Murals.

    We will then head over to The Big Marsh which is 278 acres of open space sharing its past with Big Steel and the unique natural history of the Calumet region. Big Marsh creates a new legacy of outdoor recreational biking and public space stewardship.

    If time permits we will bike past and get up close to the abandoned ACME Coke Plant which was constructed over the years 1905 through 1929. The Acme coke facility mainly consisted of two oven batteries, containing about 50 separate ovens inside each, as well as 15 brick buildings and a wooden quenching tower and is the backdrop of the Big Marsh.

    Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017

    Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm

    Cost: $20 (Includes admission into The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum)

    Registration Link: https://adventurecycling.tours/tours/to-the-big-marsh-and-acme-coke-plant-cycling-tour-11122017/#tourBooking

    Departure Location: Spoke & Bird (205 E 18th St, Chicago, IL 60616)

    Total Distance Round Trip: 40 Miles

    Average Speed: 10-12 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.

    Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop

    Gear: bike, lock, helmet, warmer clothing, hydration, snacks and a camera

  • Sun
    19
    Nov
    2017
    10:00 amThorndale station (CTA) Chicago, Illinois 60660


    Pothole Art Bike Tour with Jim Bachor

    A uniquely Chicago urban treasure hunt – by bike! Jim Bachor’s stunning and sometimes snarky mosaic works are the centerpiece of this casual group ride, tracking down each and every existing pothole Jim has lovingly adorned with unique mosaics since 2013. And, the artist will join us! Meetup is inside the Thorndale Red Line Station, where Bachor’s commission, entitled “Thrive,” was installed in 2014. We’ll then ride a winding west to east to south route that catches up with up to 25 pothole artworks, including two private commissions. Please bring cash for a lunch and drinks stop, tentatively scheduled for 1pm, and another possible drink stop along the way. Space is limited and demand is high – we recommend signing up ASAP!

    More about Jim Bachor’s Pothole Art (video from CBS Sunday Morning): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrBWimf_4uY

    Date: Sunday, November 19

    Time: 10:00am to unknown end time – likely 5pm

    Cost: $10 (Includes a Bachor sticker designed just for the ride!)

    Departure Location: Thorndale CTA Red Line Station, 1112 W. Thorndale

    Total Distance (Round Trip): 30 miles, with multiple peel-off opportunities

    Average Speed: 8-10 m.p.h.with short and longer stops at each of the mosaics

    Skill Level: Casual ride / no-drop

    Gear to Bring: tuned-up bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks, cash, ID, and a camera

    Please note: More details will be posted as we get closer to the ride date.