Event Information:

  • Sat

    Pedal to Pullman Cycling Adventure

    8:00 am - 5:00 pmThe Spoke & Bird 205 - 209 E 18th St (18th & Indiana), Chicago, Illinois 60616

    Pedal to Pullman Cycling Adventure

    Join Biketropolis as we cycle back in time to visit one of the first prosperous 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 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 watch a short movie 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 visit key locations, search for remains of the Labor Paste work created by local artist JB Daniel,  roam some back alleys to find Ian Lantz's bedazzled garage doors and Nick Lubovich's & friends surprising art installations.

    Date: Saturday, June 6, 2020

    Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Cost: $35 (includes museum admission).

    Registration link:

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

    Lunch options: The Pullman Cafe or One Eleven Food Hall. (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.