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Celebrate Chicago Bike Week

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:00 a.m. CST

CHICAGO — The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the schedule for Chicago Bike Week taking place June 13-20 as part of Bike Chicago 2014, presented by the city of Chicago and Goose Island Beer Co.

“Every day more and more people are using bike share programs or their own bikes to get around city streets and the lakefront path, whether it’s to work, to shop, or for fitness,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, “Bicycling is a reliable, fast, affordable, healthy and great alternative form of transportation that all residents and visitors can utilize and enjoy.”

Throughout the week, bicycling in Chicago will be promoted through pop-up bike fashion shops on Federal Plaza and various events including: A planned downtown bike tour, evening spin class at Cloud Gate for 200 cyclists, a concert and movie night in Millennium Park and the Bike to Work Rally on Daley Plaza.

Chicago Bike Week schedule of events:

Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet at the 31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival kicks-off Chicago Bike Week June 13-15. Cyclists are encouraged to bike to the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park and enjoy the complimentary Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet. The free admission Chicago Blues Festival is 11 a.m.– 9:30 p.m. daily; to see the full line-up visit chicagobluesfestival.us.

On June 16, enjoy the Bike Chicago Film on the big screen in Millennium Park featuring Rushmore. The 1998 coming of age film about a high school student from the prestigious Rushmore Academy who moves with ease from one extracurricular activity to the next via his trusty bicycle. Follow him as he rides through many triumphs and failures in his quest to find himself. The film will begin at 8:30 p.m. following the Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays concert on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage at 6:30 p.m. Bring your bike, a picnic and enjoy music and a movie!

Do you have Divvy Style? Stop by the Federal Plaza Farmers Market (230 S. Dearborn) on June 17 for Divvy Style Pop-up Shops. Celebrate Divvy and bike fashion with pop-up shops for men and women from some of Chicago’s very own designers and boutiques from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Swing by the Divvy booth to get a free #DIVVYSTYLE photo taken of you showing off your Divvy style — whether you wear hardcore gear or work formal.

Grab your friends for the Near North Bike Tour led by Lee Diamond of Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours on June 18. Enjoy a two-hour tour of the Near North Side beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Buckingham Fountain. Pre-registration is required. Ride is limited to 150 participants. Visit bikechicago.us for registration and event details.

Life Time Cycle Palooza is back with double the bikes. Join more than 200 fellow cyclists for a free evening outdoor spin class complete with DJ and a certified instructor on June 19 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) in Millennium Park. Bikes will be available on first come, first serve basis.

New! Pedal into the past, present and future of cycling during CHAIN REACTION, a bike-inspired exhibit featuring a collection of historical bikes, posters and more. See the arch of bicycle design starting from the 1860s and continuing through today featuring a selection of Mark Mattei’s collection of bicycles. National biking awareness organization, ARTCRANK will exhibit contemporary bike posters by artists using “art” to change the way people think about cycling and how it impacts our lives for the better. Also, see bikes from the Chicago Cruisers, a west side bike club, and learn how they strengthen their neighborhoods through biking and community outreach. CHAIN REACTION will be at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St.) from May 10 through July 13. Visit bikechicago.us for complete details.

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