South Side History Bike Tour 2017

South Side History Bike Tour 2017

Saturday, 9/30 - 10 AM to 3:30 PM (Rain date 10/1)

1100 E 57th St., Chicago, IL 60637

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Join Dean Boyer, Professor Mark Hansen, and Chicago Studies for the 20th annual South Side History Bike Tour on Saturday, 9/30 (rain date Sunday, 10/1).  Our tour will begin with 10 AM check-in at the Regenstein Library/Bartlett Quad, head north through historic Bronzeville, turn west in the South Loop, and finally return through Bridgeport, Back of the Yards, and Kenwood to 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."

The tour, which will begin at about 10:30 AM and end around 3:30 PM, covers about 15 miles of on-road travel, with stops at each site (and snacks, water, and bathroom access throughout).  Riders should provide their own bicycles (in good working order) and helmets.  Note:  Because some of the stops are located too far from docking stations, Divvy bikes are not appropriate for this event.

Bicycle marshaling for this event will be 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 and the Chicago Police Department for their support of this event.

This event, as all Chicago Studies events, is open to the general public.  Up to 100 riders will be accepted for this event; a waiting list will be created if necessary.  Register today!