South Side History Bike Tour


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Saturday, October 13, 2018 to Saturday, October 20, 2018

Join Dean John Boyer, Professor Mark Hansen, and Chicago Studies for the South Side History Bike Tour! This tour, conducted every fall quarter, has been an annual event for 21 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 and the Chicago Police Department for their support of this event.

The Fall 2018 tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, with a rain date of Saturday, October 20.  The tour will begin with check-in and a bike readiness check at the Regenstein Library (Bartlett Quad) at 1100 E. 67th 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 15 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.