Did You Know?

Only 24 percent of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in 90 minutes or less by a typical resident — and that number drops to 12 percent in the suburbs.

T-shirt design contest!

 Do you dig biking and graphic design? Got an idea for an MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive T-shirt? If so, here’s your chance to show off your stellar graphic design skills and get your design on thousands of T-shirts this summer and win a $250 MB Financial Bank gift card.

We’re launching our second annual T-shirt design contest for MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive—the classic Chicago biking event on the Sunday before Memorial Day that closes Lake Shore Drive to cars and opens it to thousands of people on bikes.

Active Trans is looking for original illustrations that celebrate this special day of biking bliss. Up to five finalists will receive two free registrations for the event, and the final winner will have her or his T-shirt design worn by many thousands of participants during the event and afterwards.

T-shirt design submissions are due February 11 by 11:59 p.m. Active Trans will choose up to five of the best designs, and then open the final decision to an online vote February 24 through March 7 11:59 p.m.

The winner will be announced right here on our blog later in March. Learn more about how to enter the contest at

Last year’s winner Oscar Aguilar was surprised as anyone to win and this year, it could be you!

PS: Registration for MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive opens online at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. You can save $7 by registering at by February 2 or a total of $9 with a discount code available at MB banking centers.