South Side History Bike Tour

Saturday, October 5, 2019 to Sunday, October 6, 2019

Join Dean John Boyer, Professor Mark Hansen, and Chicago Studies for the annual South Side History Bike Tour! This FREE event, conducted every Fall Quarter, has been a "bucket list" event for members of the University for 22 years. The tour begins on the University of Chicago campus, heads north through historic Bronzeville, turns west in the South Loop, and finally returns to Hyde Park through Bridgeport, Back of the Yards, and Kenwood. On the tour, participants learn about Chicago politics, history, and economics at ten significant South Side sites.  As one participant remarked, "There's nothing like experiencing the neighborhoods at the level of a bike, especially with such knowledgeable guides."

Bicycle marshaling for this event is provided by our partners at Blackstone Bicycle Works, a youth leadership and education project of the Experimental Station.  Special thanks also to the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Chicago Police Department for their support of this event.

The Fall 2019 tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, with a rain date of Sunday, October 6.  The tour will begin with check-in and a bike readiness check on the Regenstein Library's north Plaza (1100 E. 57th Street).  Check-in will open at 10 AM, with the tour pushing off by 10:30; we will return to campus by 4 PM.  The ride is approximately 18 miles, with frequent stops.  Note that Divvy Bikes are not suitable for this tour, as some of the locations we visit are too far from docking/check-in locations.