Over the past few years cycling in Chicago has had an ever growing importance. With each new bike lane comes another Divvy station and more commuters, families and bike enthusiasts taking their two wheels to the street. This week Chicago celebrates all of those people with their annual Bike to Work Week.
Starting last Friday and lasting until this Friday, the city is encouraging anyone and everyone to grab their bike or use a Divvy and start making trips through the week. There will be events hosted throughout the final days of Bike to Work Week to celebrate all of the car-less trips that have been made. Tuesday, the lunch crowd will get a chance to learn more about Divvy and check out some of the top bike fashion for both men and women at the Divvy Style Pop-up Shops. Some of Chicago’s best designers and boutiques will be in attendance at the Federal Plaza Farmers Market at 230 S. Dearborn in The Loop from 8:30 until 3pm.
Wednesday, cyclists will be treated to a free two-hour bike ride touring the Near North Side. The ride will be led by Lee Diamond from the Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours. The tour will start at 6:30pm from the Buckingham Fountain. Besides Wednesday’s free tour, Diamond hosts a number of neighborhood tours throughout the year through hisBig Shoulders Realty. Later this summer he will be leading tours through the neighborhoods of Brodgeport, West Ridge, Forest Glen, and Jefferson Park.
Thursday more than 200 cyclists will come for the Life Time Cycle Palooza at the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. Participants will climb on stationary bikes starting at 5:30pm for the freen outdoor spin class led by a certified instructor and with a DJ playing music. Bikes will be available at a first come first serve basis.
The week’s events will come to an end with the Bike to Work Rally on Daley Plaza. From 7 to 9am on Friday cyclists will gather for live music, free continental breakfast, a free t-shirt and will have the chance to valet park their bikes.
In addition to the city’s plans, Active Transportation Alliance will hold morning and evening commute celebrations every day this week. Their events will be spread throughout the city, but generally will include coffee in the morning and drinks after work. The complete Active Trans schedule for the week is:
Tuesday, June 17th 5:30 — 7:30 p.m.
- The Beer Bistro North — 1415 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago IL
- Lake Street Kitchen + Bar — 1101 Lake Street, Oak Park IL
- The Bottle Shop — 1148 Central Avenue, Wilmette IL
Wednesday, June 18th 6:30 — 9 a.m.
- Polish Triangle — Milwaukee Avenue & Ashland Avenue (Milwaukee side, southbound bike lane)
- North Shore Channel Trail just south of Foster Avenue
Wednesday, June 18th 5:30 — 7:30 p.m.
- Dimo’s Pizza — 1615 N. Damen Street, Chicago IL
- Palmer Place — 56 S. LaGrange Road, La Grange IL
- Duke’s Ale House and Kitchen — 110 N. Main Street, Crystal Lake IL
Thursday, June 19th 6:30 — 9 a.m.
- South Lakefront Trail at Museum Campus
- North Lakefront Trail at Fullerton Avenue
Thursday, June 19th 5:30 — 7:30 p.m.
- Hopleaf — 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL
- Bat 17 — 1709 Benson Avenue, Evanston IL
- Deja Brew — 5219 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn IL
- Cellar Door — 5150 Main Street #A, Downers Grove IL