Tours

Group photo during our lunch stop on The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour
  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 amRichard J.Daley Center - 50 W. Washington, Chicago, Illinois 60602


    Shamrocks and Shenanigans Cycling Tour

    Let’s bike to the neighborhood of Beverly to attend a one of a kind tour and multimedia presentation of Chicago’s Only Castle. During this ride, we will have the opportunity to meet Errol Magidson, author of “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and It’s keepers.” We will then cycle through the amazing architecture of Beverly and learn about the history of the region by resident cyclist Anne Alt. This ride will be the first official Adventure Cycling Tour of 2018.

    Date: Saturday, March 31st, 2018
    Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $25 (Includes a donation to the castle)
    Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
    Lunch: Ellie's Cafe (Ellie's accepts cash, credit, or debit please check out their menu prior to the ride)
    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.

    We will kick off our Adventure from Daley Plaza, cycle along The Chicago River Walk to see spectacular views of the city then visit 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 through Bronzeville and Bridgeport, then head south to Beverly. Once in Beverly, we will tour the amazing architecture of the neighborhood and learn about its history, enjoy lunch at Ellie’s Cafe, and walk through the Givins’ Irish Castle. The return trip will take us through a portion of the Major Taylor Trail, built in honor of the African-American bicycle racer, civil rights pioneer, and author. We will make a final stop at Marquette Park, then head back to downtown Chicago.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 amThe Spoke & Bird 205 - 209 E 18th St (Corner of 18th & Indiana), Chicago, Illinois 60616


    Steelworkers Pilgrimage Cycling Tour

    Ride with us to explore the Steelworkers life in Southeast Chicago, Indiana. We will explore various sites including The Steelworkers Park, The Ore Walls of the US Steel South Works, James P. Fitzgibbons Memorial Museum, Marktown’s Historic District walking tour hosted by Marktown’s preservationist and resident Paul Myers, plus various additional points of interest along the way.

    Date: Saturday, April 21st, 2018
    Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $25 (Includes donation to the James P. Fitzgibbons Memorial Museum)
    Departure Location: The Spoke and Bird
    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
    06
    May
    2018
    8:00 am The Spoke & Bird 205 - 209 E 18th St (Corner of 18th & Indiana), Chicago, Illinois 60616


    Randolph Porter Museum, Big Marsh, ACME Plant Cycling Tour

    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.

    Date: Sunday, May 6th, 2018
    Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $25 (Includes admission into The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum)
    Departure Location: Spoke & Bird (205 E 18th St, Chicago, IL 60616)
    Lunch: The Pullman Cafe
    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

    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.

    Then over to the 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.

  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018
    8:00 amThe Spoke & Bird 205 - 209 E 18th St (Corner of 18th & Indiana), Chicago, Illinois 60616


    Pedal To Pullman 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 3rd, 2018
    Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $25 (Includes paid walking tour)
    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

    We will kick the tour off in front of Spoke & Bird, just a stones through away where George M. Pullman’s home once stood in the Prairie District, We will then start our journey to the factory town of Pullman. Once we arrive in Pullman we will lock up our bikes, have lunch, and visit the Pullman National Monument, the Pullman Visitors Center, and take in a tour of the Factory Building, The Hotel Florence, and Neighborhood walking tours. Before we end our adventure, we will start on our bikes on a brief neighborhood art installation tour created by the incredibly talented JB Daniel and Ian Lantz. Then we will venture back to downtown Chicago to reflect on what we have seen and learned along the way.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    9:00 amRichard J.Daley Center 50 W. Washington, Chicago, Illinois 60602


    The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour

    Join Biketropolis, The Wheelman, and Chris McAuliffe, author of Cycling in Chicago (Images of America), as we pedal down memory lane to learn about Chicago’s rich cycling history. We’ll start our journey at Daley Plaza near where bicycling manufacturing once thrived. We’ll discuss a variety of important cycling events that took place in Chicago during the mid-1800’s thru the early-1900’s. To help paint the picture of how popular cycling was during this time period, we will view and discuss vintage photos, bike catalogs, and brochures along the tour. Carey Williams will talk us through this important time in history, along with his fellow Wheelman who will be riding antique bicycles dressed in period apparel. The carefully planned route will take us past where several prominent bike manufactures and showrooms once stood, where indoor racing events took place, and along some of the routes where early outdoor racing competitions occurred.

    Date: Saturday, June 16th, 2018
    Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $25 (Includes a donation to the Wheelman)
    Lunch: The Empanada Bike
    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 and a camera

    Here are the tour’s highlights:

    Multiple locations used by Arnold & Schwinn Co.

    Loring & Keene’s First Chicago Velocipede

    A G Spaulding

    Ellsworth Zouave Hall Riding School and Showroom

    Fauber

    Vintage Bicycle Magazine Locations

    Major Taylor’s extremely important role in cycling

    Mead Cycle

    The Famous Race to Pullman

    Riding Schools and Showrooms from the past

    Chicago Handle Bar Co.

    Excelsior Supply Company

    Rambler Factory Building

    Monarch Cycling

    Illinois Cycle Works

    Pope Mfg. (Columbia)

    Western Wheel Works (Crescent)

    Cycle Smithy (Antique bikes and Artifacts)

    Oscar Wastyn (Antique bikes and Artifacts)

    Extended Portion of Tour: (Optional)

    Rosehill Cemetary (Ignaz Schwinn Grave)

    Gary’s Cycle Shop (Antique Racing Bicycle and Photos)

    Graceland Cemetary (Featherstone Grave)

    Too much to list.....

  • Sun
    01
    Jul
    2018
    9:00 amThorndale station (CTA)- Chicago, Illinois 60660


    Pothole Art Bike Tour

    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.

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

    Date: Sunday, July 1st, 2018
    Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
    Cost: $25 (Includes a Bachor sticker designed just for the ride!)
    Departure Location: Thorndale CTA Red Line Station, 1118 W. Thorndale, Chicago, IL 60660
    Lunch: The Empanada Bike
    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.

  • Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018
    8:00 amRichard J.Daley Center - 50 W. Washington, Chicago, Illinois 60602

    Beverly Givins Caste
    Cycle to Chicago’s only Castle

    Let’s bike to the neighborhood of Beverly to attend a one of a kind tour and multimedia presentation of Chicago’s Only Castle. During this ride, we will have the opportunity to meet Errol Magidson, author of “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and It’s keepers.” We will then cycle through the amazing architecture of Beverly and learn about the history of the region. This trip also includes a visit to the Ridge Historical Society to learn about the geography and geology of the region. The museum also has a well displayed tribute to a past local cyclist, Carl Spencer who we will get to learn more about.

    Date: Saturday, July 21st, 2018
    Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $25 (Includes a donation to the castle)
    Registration Link: https://cycletochicagosonlycastle.eventbrite.com
    Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
    Lunch: Ellie’s Cafe (Ellie’s accepts cash, credit, or debit please check out their menu prior to the ride)
    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.

    We will kick off our Adventure from Daley Plaza, Once in Beverly, we will tour the amazing architecture of the neighborhood and learn about its history, enjoy lunch at Ellie’s Cafe, walk through the Givins’ Irish Castle. The return trip will take to the Union Stockyard Gate, the main entrance of the meatpacking district for more than a century, starting in 1865 and the Chicago Fireman Monument which was erected to honor 21 Firefighters that were killed while combating the blaze of the Chicago Stock Yards Dec. 22nd 1910. Lastly we will visit the Palmisano Nature Park (Guided Audio Tour) – Incredible 27-acre site on the southwest side. It has transformed from prehistoric coral reefs to quarry to landfill to a gorgeous park with amazing views and perspectives of the city.

  • Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018
    8:30 amRichard J.Daley Center - 50 W. Washington, Chicago, Illinois 60602


    Graffiti and Gears Cycling Tour

    Join Biketropolis and traverse 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. This tour will include discussions with a guest speaker at the Pilsen Mural Wall and the Permission Logan Wall, and an opportunity to witness an organized graffiti battle at the Logan Monument.

    Date: Sunday, August 5th, 2018
    Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Donation: $25 (Includes a donation to West Town Bikes)
    Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
    Registration Link: https://graffitiandgearscyclingtour.eventbrite.com
    Total Distance Round Trip: 10, 25, and 50 Mile Options
    Average Speed: 10MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
    Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop
    Lunch: The Empanada Bike (Vegan and non-Vegan options they accept Cash/Credit/Debit)
    Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks, sunscreen and a camera

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018
    9:00 amKwanusila Totem Pole - 3510 N Recreation Dr, Chicago, IL 60657
    Gracelend Cemetery
    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 28th
    Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
    Cost: $25 (Includes a donation to the Edgewater Historical Society)
    Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-historic-cemetery-cycling-tour-tickets-49575914896
    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.