What you'll do
We'll meet at my bike loaner HQ in the heart of Chicago's Ukrainian Village where we'll discuss the day's ride and get comfortable riding together. Then, I will lead you on a 5 hour custom bike ride through several Chicago neighborhoods. We'll ride under the historic "L" train, visit several of the city's neighborhoods (historically diverse and modernly hip), get a taste of Chicago's craft beer scene (if requested) and see Chicago's wide range of architectural styles and oddities, 1920s gangster related sites, great skyscraper views, movie locations, cluster of early 1900s movable bridges, and street art. No tour will be the same as it will be adjusted according to your responses to the pre-ride questionnaire. ** I have a small number of older model loaner bikes available for people who do not have one their own. If you prefer to rent newer bikes I can offer some suggestions.** ***As a general rule, unless the next day forecast is for all day thunderstorms, we wait until the morning of to make the final call to cancel. I don't normally cancel the ride if just a shower or two are forecasted. Sometimes we have coordinated with all riders to move the time up or back an hour to avoid bad weather. If a downpour does come during a ride we can wait it out over a snack or a brief look inside a place.*** ****Private groups large than 4 contact me directly. We can set it up.****
Through cycling I combine so many of the things I love: history, geography, architecture, public art, beer, friends, and the wind in my ever decreasing hair. A little more about me: -Transplanted Oklahoman in Chicago for 15 years. -History/French BA from the University of Oklahoma. -Former Chicago Public Schools Teacher/Librarian. -Worked in France, South Korea, and Japan and traveled in 30+ other countries. -A year around cyclist who enjoys a city ride, a day through a forest preserve, and longer touring (Chicago-Mississippi River, Cleveland-Cincinnati, 7 days in the Kathmandu Valley).
Bicycle (See ** above) Helmet, Bottle of water
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Where you'll be
We will ride through several distinct neighborhoods that are not always included on Chicago tours. We'll start on the west side in Chicago's Ukrainian Village near the popular Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhoods. From there we'll ride through the former "Polish Downtown", trendy Fulton market, traditionally Mexican-American Pilsen, Irish Bridgeport, historically African American near South side, Chinatown and ending back in Wicker Park.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
I highly recommend having a good breakfast before the ride. We can stop anytime for food/drink but it is best to start topped off.
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