Looking for a great excuse to get your butt on a bicycle? The 26th annual Chicago Bike Week produced by Active Transportation Alliance and presented by Freeman Kevenides Law Firm from June 16-23 provides the perfect opportunity.
With Chicago recently being named the #1 cycling city by Bicycling magazine, it’s a perfect time to celebrate a great biking city by attending a series of free events.
The most anticipated part of Bike Week is the weeklong Bike Commuter Challenge — when rivalries take hold among workplaces throughout Chicagoland as they vie for the top position in their category. Workplaces compete by earning points and getting the most employees riding to work during the week (a bike commute can mean a full or partial bike trip).
Here's a rundown of all the great stuff happening through the week.
Calendar of events
Friday, June 16: Chicago Bike Week Rally presented by Freeman Kevenides Law Firm, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. at Daley Plaza.
Friday, June 16 – June 30: Bike Commuter Challenge presented by Freeman Kevenides Law Firm, 2 weeks long this year!
- Monday, June 19 – Thursday, June 22: Commuter Challenge Morning Pit Stops (various locations).
- Tuesday, June 20: Bike Commuter Challenge Happy Hour Pit Stop at Timbuk2, 1623 N. Damen, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 21: Bike Commuter Challenge Happy Hour Pit Stop at Revolution Tap Room, 3340 N. Kedzie, 5:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 18: Eli’s Cheesecake Father’s Day Bike Ride, ten-mile ride begins at Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 Forest Preserve Dr.; register by Friday, June 16.
Monday, June 19: Slow Roll Chicago’s Juneteenth Ride, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23: ABUS Instagram Contest with The Chainlink for Bike to Work Week 2017. ABUS and The Chainlink are celebrating Bike to Work Week and the Bike Commuter Challenge in Chicago with an Instagram contest!
Thursday, June 15: Wine & Workshop -- Basic Maintenance by Tailwind Cycles and The Chainlink, special workshop to get your bike ready for Bike to Work Week/Commuter Challenge!, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Tailwind Cycles, 3140 West Montrose.
Thursday, June 22: The Chainlink's Ferris Bueller Scavenger Hunt Benefitting World Bicycle Relief, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Chicago.
Friday, June 23: celebrate Active Trans’ Bike Week at our official Rock the Rooftop Party presented by World Bicycle Relief and SRAM; 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., SRAM Rooftop located at 1000 W. Fulton Market. Please RSVP.
Saturday, June 24: Bicycle Commuting Basics -- workshop will cover benefits of bike commuting, essential gear, safety & responsibility, dressing for success and how to get started, REI Lincoln Park, 1466 N. Halsted, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 29: An evening of conversation and mobilization around improving the Milwaukee Avenue corridor in Wicker Park and Bucktown at Arc’teryx, 1620 N. Damen, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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