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12th Annual January Three Floyds Brewpub Ride
Saturday Jan 21, 2017
Active
Social
Bob Hsiung, email: bob@dr-bob.org
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM 40/45/50/60 mi 12 to 15 mph Daley Plaza or Promontory Point
Ride FAQ (please read)

There's been a ride to the Three Floyds brewpub in Munster, IN, every January since 2006. The beer is great ("there are few places more exciting from a beer lover's perspective", says the NY Times), and they take their cuisine as seriously as they do their beer.

Neither snow nor rain nor sleet nor gloom of night stays these couriers (and other riders) from the swift completion of their appointed "rounds". We depart Daley Plaza at 8:00 AM and collect riders at Promontory Point at 8:45 AM. I like to get there before they open at 11 (it's still the fourth-best brewery in the world, so sometimes there's a line). After we complete our rounds, we may be less swift, so there are different return options: 40 miles total if you ride to Flossmoor Station and take the Metra, 45 if you ride to 93rd and take the Metra or to 100th and take the J14, 50 if you ride to 71st and take the J14, 60 if you ride both ways.

The fine print: There is no support vehicle. You are responsible for yourself. The pace is 12-15 mph with a short break at 7-Eleven. January weather can be extreme. Be prepared for cold as well as flats/mechanical problems.

Checklist:

Water and snacks to have en route
Lights
Lock
Pump, tube, tools
Extra layers of clothing (more than you expect to need)
Money
Government-issued ID
Panniers for beer you can't get in Chicago

Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, conversation about this ride, Metra Electric train schedules, Jeffrey Jump (J14) bus schedule, Bikes on the Metra, Bikes on the Bus, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

Event 3002
Second Step Ride
Saturday Feb 25, 2017
Active
Touring
Bob Hsiung, email: bob@dr-bob.org
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 45/50/55/70 mi 14 to 17 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

No, this isn't about coming to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

It's about riding to Three Floyds and boosting our cognitive function every month this year! There's a somewhat consistent schedule -- usually the 4th Saturday of the month -- and you can qualify for the F-12 Award.

The ride takes the lakefront trail south from the Clock Tower. You can join up anywhere along the trail. Just let the group know where so they can look for you.

42 miles total if to return you ride to Hammond and take the South Shore Line, 45 miles total if you ride to Flossmoor Station and take the Metra, 50 if you ride to 93rd and take the Metra or to 100th and take the J14, 55 if you ride to 71st and take the J14, 70 if you ride all the way. 14-17 mph. I like to get there before they open at 11:00 (it's still the fourth-best brewery in the world, so sometimes there's a line). Bring money, government-issued ID, a lock, lights since the day is short, water and snacks to have en route, and panniers for beer you can't get in Chicago.

Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, conversation about this ride, Metra Electric train schedules, Jeffrey Jump (J14) bus schedule, Bikes on the Metra, Bikes on the Bus, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

Event 3003
Chicago Ride of Silence 2017
Wednesday May 17, 2017
Active
Social
Elizabeth Adamczyk, email: rideofsilence.chicago@gmail.com | Mobile: (773) 370-2038
6:00 PM - 9:00 AM end location is different from starting point 8 to 12 mph Daley Plaza Eternal Flame
Ride FAQ (please read)

Please arrive at Daley Plaza's Eternal Flame by 6:00 pm to sign-in and get ready. The Ride will depart from Daley Plaza at 6:30 pm. We invite you to join us immediately following the RIde for refreshments.

While this is a free event, donations are welcome to offset costs.

For more information on local Ride of Silence events, visit www.rideofsilence.org/chicago, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RideOfSilenceChicago and join our Chainlink group http://www.thechainlink.org/group/chicagorideofsilence

Event 2922
9th (Almost) Annual South Lakefront and Boulevard Architectural Tour
Saturday May 20, 2017
Active
Social
George Vrechek, email: vrechek@ameritech.net | Phone: (312) 654-8909
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM 24 12 to 14 mph Just north of the intersection of Indiana and Roosevelt near the skate park (the SW corner of Grant Park)
Ride FAQ (please read)

In order to avoid the lakefront congestion, we will meet at the skateboard park north of Roosevelt and east of Michigan Avenue in the southwest corner of Grant Park.

Last year's annual ride was postponed, but we are back in business this year. This will be the 9th such ride in 10 years and later this summer we'll have the 10th such ride in 10 years to get back on track.The architecture on the near south east side has a remarkable history. We'll visit some new areas, including Chinatown, as well as some previous favorites while staying away from heavy traffic.

We'll see old mansions in Kenwood, Hyde Park, and Bronzeville, and bike through Chicago Landmark Districts: Prairie Avenue Historic District, Oakland, North Kenwood, Kenwood, Giles-Calumet-Prairie Historic District, IIT, and Chinatown.No lunch is planned.

Event 2939
The Road to Hegewisch - Part 22
Saturday Jun 10, 2017
Active
Touring
George Vrechek, email: vrechek@ameritech.net | Phone: (312) 654-8909
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM 36 miles 15 to 18 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)

REMOTE START: 31st Street Beach House The first ride of the year to that crazy town of Hegewisch, founded as a separate town in the 1880s and now part of Chicago. We'll start at the 31st Beach House and head southeast to the most remote corner of Chicago, The pace will be brisk (depending on the weather and wind) but not impossible. We'll stop for lunch at Skyway Dogs on the way back. Paid parking is available at the 31st Street Beach lot. Free parking is usually available on South Rhodes Ave just west of the lakefront and south of 31st Street, or ride your bike to the start to add some more miles to your trip. We'll shoot for getting back by 1 PM.

Event 3004
Along Lake Michigan to Hammond, Whiting, and Marktown, Indiana

Pace is 16 to 20 mph.

 

Saturday Jun 24, 2017
Active
Touring
George Vrechek, email: vrechek@ameritech.net | Phone: (312) 654-8909
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 38 14 to 18 mph
Ride FAQ (please read)
Bridge across Wolf Lake

This is a great route without much traffic or stopping thanks to relatively new connections around Wolf Lake and the South Shore Drive extension. The pace will be usually in the 14-18 mph range if there is open road and no wind.

The route will be within a mile of Lake Michigan most of the way with Marktown, Indiana, as the final destination. We'll go down Chicago's lakefront to the South Shore Drive extension, through Eastside and through the woods to a bike bridge that crosses Wolf Lake, straight across 129th St to Marktown then back along the lakefront in Hammond and Whiting, to the Burnham Greenway, Calumet Park, and back to the lakefront. If you'd like to join the ride further south along the lakefront trail, please contact the ride leader to coordinate.

Marktown is a historic district in East Chicago, Indiana, designed in 1917 by Howard Van Doren Shaw. The tiny residential community was to be the start of a company town to serve the nearby steel mill owned by Clayton Mark. Shaw designed the community to be like an English village with narrow streets and houses with small yards. Marktown is in need of major preservation efforts and demolition is a threat. We'll shoot for getting back before noon to the South Shore Cultural Center and from there you can set your own pace back to downtown. No lunch is planned.

Event 3005