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Celebrate winter bike commuting in Chicago on Jan. 21, and get ready for the biking event of the summer

Released: January 6, 2014

Contact: Ethan Spotts
Active Transportation Alliance
312.427.3325 x 287 (o)
312-919-1423 (c)

Celebrate winter bike commuting in Chicago on Jan. 21, and get ready for the biking event of the summer
Meet others who turn their pedals all year long before work and after work

(Chicago, IL) — Celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day at Daley Plaza in Chicago’s Loop on Jan. 21 for the annual celebration of cyclists who don’t let low temperatures or snow stop them from pedaling to work. Warm up with free Dark Matter coffee and slices of Eli’s Cheesecake from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Daley Plaza, located at Washington and Dearborn Streets. Hot chocolate and tea will also be available. And new this year, join Active Trans after work at Monk’s Pub 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. 205 W. Lake Street with Revolution Brewing and post-work refreshments.

Get a jump on your summer when online registration opens at 6:30 a.m., also on January 21, for this year’s MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive to be held on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Save $7 registering online at through Sunday, Feb 2. Get an additional $2 off and a free CamelBak™ water bottle when you stop by an MB Banking Center for an online promotion code good through Feb 2 ( ).

Morning rally attendees will receive a raffle ticket for several great prizes, including a $100 MB Financial bank gift card, a WXRT-FM Studio X voucher good for access to one Studio X show in 2014, a $100 REI gift card, a case of CLIF Bars and a VIP MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive registration.

The fun continues after work on Winter Bike to Work Day from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at with Revolution Brewing at Monk’s Pub 205 W. Lake Street. Winter bicycle commuters can enjoy a $1.50 special on sliders (order in any multiples of two) by showing your helmet or bike key. Delicious Rev Brew beer will be on special, and Active Trans will pull raffle winners from our morning Winter Bike to Work Day rally. Hang out with other winter bike commuting people and enjoy a post-work Rev brew with Active Trans.

Winter Bike to Work Day, organized by the Active Transportation Alliance, commemorates the coldest day in Chicago history—Jan. 20, 1985—when the official temperature at O’Hare International Airport was 27 degrees below zero.

MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive allows cyclists to enjoy the city skyline and stellar views of Lake Michigan on the only day of the year when Lake Shore Drive is open to cyclists and closed to car traffic.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit or call 312.427.3325.

MB Financial Bank is a locally-operated financial institution that has been delivering competitive personalized service for over 100 years to businesses and individuals who live and work in the Chicago metropolitan area. MB has locations throughout the Chicagoland area. MB Financial Bank’s holding company, MB Financial, Inc., a financial services holding company which is traded on the NASDAQ as MBFI. MB Financial, based in Chicago, has approximately $9.5 billion in assets. Information about MB Financial can be found at .