Chicago Celebrates Bike Chicago: June 13th – 20th!
This is a perfect week to strap on your helmet and celebrate the joys of commuting by bike!
As part of Bike Chicago 2014, Chicago Bike Week is week-long celebration of cycling that culminates at the Bike to Work Rally; a high-octane gathering of thousands of bike enthusiasts in the heart of downtown Chicago’s Daley Plaza. The Rally features complimentary breakfast for bicyclists, complimentary bike valet and organizations and businesses offering a range of information and services for the biking community.
To make an already awesome week better, Bike Chicago and the Active Transport Alliance have fun (free) events planned to celebrate Bike to Work Week. Here are just a sampling of events going on in the area this week:
June 13th – June 20th
Celebrate Chicago Bike to Work Week by signing up for the Bike Commuter Challenge. Just sign up, ride and log your commutes all week. You and your company compete with other companies of a similar size and category. A company wins if it has the highest percentage of employees logging at least one bike commute to work in its category.
Visit Bike Commuter Challenge for details.
FREE Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet
Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15, 2014, 11:00am – 9:30pm
Grant Park, Butler Field, Southwest corner of Columbus and Monroe, Chicago, IL 60602
Cyclists are encouraged to bike to the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park and enjoy the complimentary Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet. See the full Blues Festival line-up.
Bike Chicago Feature Film at Millennium Park
Monday, June 16th, 8:30pm
Millennium Park Great Lawn, 201 E. Randolph, Chicago
The 1998 coming of age film about a high school student from the prestigious Rushmore Academy who moves with ease from one extracurricular activity to the next via his trusty bicycle. Follow him as he rides through many triumphs and failures in his quest to find himself. The film will begin following the Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays concert. Bring your bike, a picnic and enjoy music and a movie.
Divvy Style Pop-up Shops
Tuesday, June 17th, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Federal Plaza Farmers Market, 230 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60604
Celebrate Divvy and bike fashion with pop-up shops for men and women from some of Chicago’s very own designers and boutiques at the Federal Plaza Farmers Market. Swing by the Divvy booth to get a free #DIVVYSTYLE photo taken of you showing off your Divvy style – whether you wear hardcore gear or work formal.
Near North Bike Tour
Wednesday, June 18th, 2-hr tour begins at 6:30pm
Starts at Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60605
Led by Lee Diamond of Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours, join us for a FREE two-hour tour of the Near North Side. Pre-registration is required. Ride is limited to 150 participants. Registration will open on Friday, May 9th.
Life Time Cycle Palooza
Thursday, June 19th, 5:30pm
Millennium Park, Cloud Gate, 201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave., Chicago, IL 60602
Join 200+ fellow cyclists for a FREE evening outdoor spin class complete with DJ and a certified instructor. Bikes will be available on first come, first serve basis.
Bike to Work Rally
Friday, June 20th, 2014, 7:00am-9:00am
Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn Streets, Chicago, IL 60602
Join thousands of cyclists for live music and FREE continental breakfast provided by 7-Eleven and Door-to-Door Organics. Also, all cyclists will receive a FREE T-shirt as well as use of the valet bike parking complimentary Kickstart by Mountain Dew. Presented by the City of Chicago and Goose Island.
Check out more local cycling events going on this June.
For more details and events, visit the following websites:
For stories from our local commuters and for great advice on cycling to work, check out our Featured Cyclists’ stories:
Come into Higher Gear to get your bicycle ready for commuting:
- Let our experts look over your bike to let you know if it’s time for a tune-up.
- Don’t forget to pothole-proof your tires for this year.