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    Pedal to Pullman Cycling Adventure

    8:00 amSpoke & Bird (South Loop)

    Pedal to Pullman Cycling Adventure

    Join Biketropolis as we cycle back in time to visit one of the first successful factory towns in the United States. Founded by railroad car mogul George M. Pullman in 1880, the town of Pullman was built around his belief that human beings are deeply influenced by their environment. He thought his workforce would be more productive when housed nearby and surrounded by culture and beauty.

    We will meet at the Spoke & Bird and start off the tour in the Prairie Avenue District, where Pullman’s massive family residence once stood. Our first stop will be the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, located across from the site of the Pullman Wheelworks Factory. The museum is named after the organizer and members of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first African-American labor union in the country to win a collective bargaining agreement against a corporate giant, the Pullman Palace Car Company.

    Next we will bike to the Pullman Visitor Center and break for lunch. Afterward, we will begin a docent-led walking tour to learn about local architecture and the early residents of this unique neighborhood once dubbed “the world's most perfect town.” Before riding back downtown, we will pedal around the Pullman neighborhood to search for remains of the Labor Paste work created by local artist JB Daniel and roam some back alleys to find Ian Lantz’s bedazzled garage doors and Nick Lubovich’s surprising art installations.

    Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019.
    Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Cost: $35 (includes museum admission and walking tour).
    Registration link:
    Departure location: Spoke & Bird (205 E 18th St, Chicago, IL 60616).
    Lunch options: The Pullman Cafe, Potbelly Sandwich Shop. (Please bring debit/credit card, cash, or feel free to pack your own lunch and enjoy while relaxing at Arcade Park.)
    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, camera and snacks.

    If you would like to help one of Pullman’s favorite non-profits Share Your Soles Foundation  please bring a pair of lightly used shoes to donate to a great cause once we arrive.

    For more information about Share Your Soles Foundation please visit