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2009 Ride Archive


Hyde Park
Meet at the Washington Park Field House at 5531 S Martin Luther King Drive
Saturday December 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM
Chainlink Page | Ross Felten poster | Route Map | Starting Spot

Hyde Park


Meet at Graceland Cemetery at the intersection of Clark and Irving Park
Saturday November 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM
Chainlink Page | Ross Felten poster | Route Map | Starting Spot



Lincoln Square

Big Shoulders Realty, West Town Bikes and Ciclo Urbano
Present presentan:

Tour of West Town
El Ciclo de West Town

10:00 AM
Saturday October 31, 2009
Sabado, Octubre 31, 2009


Humboldt Park

Meet at the intersection of California and Division by the West Puerto Rican Flag on Paseo Boricua.

Por la interseccion de California e Division a lado de bandera Puerto Ricaña por el oesta en el Paseo Boricua.

It’s Halloween! Esta es Halloween!!
It’s Haunted Paseo Boricua! Es Paseo Boricua encantad!
Wear a Costume! Traega su trajes!
And your helmet! Y su casco!

A narrated architectural and historical tour on bicycles and in costumes.

Un recorrido arquitectural e historical por bicicletas llevandose trajes.

This tour is Free for all to attend. Please bring and wear your helmet and dress for all-weather cycling. We ride rain or shine. This is not a sales or marketing event and in no way promotes the sale of real estate or any commercial services.

Es un recorrido gratis para todos. Por favor traiga su casco y sea preparado para cualquiera tipo de clima. Vamos al paeo si soleando o lloviendo. Esta no es un caso de venta o mercancia y no esta prometando la venta de bienes raices o otro servicio commercial.

Donations to West Town Bikes and/or Ciclo Urbano are however appreciated and encouraged.

Donaciones para West Town Bikes y/o Ciclo Urbano seran agradecidos.

Visit or for more information.

Visita or para mas informacion.

The chainlink event page is here:

The event on our web page is here:

The event on Bike Winter is here:

The meeting place is here:

The discussion and photo sharing page is here:


Tour of North Park
Saturday September 26, 2009 at 1:00 PM (Free)
Peterson Park
5801 N Pulaski Road
See the route at May My Ride.

North ParkJoin Big Shoulders Realty and the Chicago Cycling Club for a narrated bicycle tour of North Park, focusing on the history of the area, its neighborhoods and architecture. North Park is Chicago Community Area #13 and sits just 9 miles northwest of the Loop. It is cradled between the two branches of the Chicago River, and is part of and/or adjacent to some of the most developed and realized bike trails in the city. It is a quiet residential area, sharing parks, tree-lined streets and marvelous buildings with adjacent Albany Park , Forest Glen, Lincolnwood, Lincoln Square and West Ridge. It is the home of several in-city universities, and the north side’s own Chicago Park District-run nature center.

Come join us as we explore North Park, perched atop our bicycles, on an autumn Saturday afternoon.


Lincoln Square
5100 N. Francisco
1pm-5pm / Free
See the route at Map My Ride.

Lincoln Square

Chicago Community Area #4 sits 7 miles northwest of the loop. The community area was a construct of a 1920s University of Chicago project to categorize different areas of the city, but it is also a neighborhood within the community area, as are Ravenswood, Bowmanville, Budlong Woods and Ravenswood Manor. Previously this entire area was known as Ravenswood, and many residents still think of it that way. Formerly a farming community for celery and pickles, the area developed as the transportation access to the area increased. Families used to cart their goods to the city along Little Fort Road, today’s Lincoln Avenue. In the 1890s, street cars created a new wave of development. In the 1900s, it was the Ravenswood elevated line and it spurred even more development. Utilizing the river and developing an industrial corridor on its banks was a further boom leading into the Great Depression. The area is filled with wonderful examples of bungalows, brick-flats, courtyard apartments and various Victorian houses and a number of requisite works by Clarence Hatzfeld, Dwight Perkins and Louis Sullivan.

Come join Big Shoulders Realty and as we bring you a tour of Lincoln Square.


Hyde Park

Sunday July 26, 2009
1:00 PM
Washington Park Field House
5531 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL

Hyde Park, Chicago Community Area #41 sits 7 miles south of the Loop. It is a unique community not just in the south side, or just in Chicago, but in the world. It is home to the University of Chicago, and the grand gothic campus dotted with several notable moderns. The community around the campus is equally impressive. Luminaries like Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick Olmsted, Lorado Taft, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Dwight Perkins, George and William Keck, and Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe are but some of the giants with handsome contributions to the areas rich architectural palette. Hyde Park is an full of locally owned businesses, and community organizations and caring stewards of the history of the neighborhood. The best way to see such history and wonder is of course, on a bicycle.

Come join us!




Sunday June 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM
Brands Park – 3259 N Elston
Entrance is a block north of Belmont, just south of Henderson

Avondale, Chicago Community Area 21 sits 6 miles northwest of the Loop. Once part of a vast expanse of prairie, the installation of the Old Northwest Plank Road, today’s Milwaukee Avenue, helped spur business and development and ushered in many years of prosperity. Avondale was annexed to Chicago in 1889 and grew rapidly as city improvements such as paved roads, electric street car lines and the Logan Elevated line contributed to a population that swelled to almost 50,000 by 1930. Due to an abundance of clay in the pits near the river, a brick industry developed and the working class residents built some of the most sturdy and beautiful examples of masonry construction in the city. As a result, the area is ripe with rich examples of architectural beauty. To learn more about the area, take a virtual bike tour of Avondale (PDF).

Plan your own tour or see the route at Map My Ride.


Sunday May 31, 2009 – 1:00 PM – Free

Big Shoulders Realty is honored to partner with the Active Transportation Alliance to present a bicycle tour of Austin on Chicago’s west side.

Big Shoulders Realty is proud to partner with the Active Transportation Alliance in presenting a bicycle tour of the Austin Community Area. Big Shoulders Realty ‘s tours are narrated architectural and historical tours of Chicago’s neighborhoods free for all to attend. Our partnership with the Active Transportation Alliance is a community outreach program to reach out into the west side and south side to promote active recreation and transportation and to bring bicycling to all parts of Chicago.

Austin, Chicago Community Area #25 sits seven miles due west of the Loop. It is one of Chicago’s largest Community Areas and was founded in 1865 by Henry Austin. Originally located in the township of Cicero, it was voted out of the Township and became part of Chicago in 1899. For years, the rail lines served as a boon to Austin, and development and communities grew and prospered for years. Austin is site to some of the grandest mansions and most splendid architectural forms in all of Chicago, and to one of the grandest parks in the park system, Columbus Park, a fully-realized design of famed landscape architect Jens Jensen. Sadly Austin’s beautiful buildings today are often neighbored by empty lots, and dilapidated structures in many directions as the area has seen its fortunes decline as its population and money disappeared while its infrastructure and opportunities ever weakened. The prospect for urban renewal in many ways begins by rediscovering what we Chicagoans have lost by neglecting our neighborhoods. By remembering and seeing what we have lost, we can change a neighborhood’s fortunes, and regain our stature.

Come join us as we bike through Austin, the once and future gem of the west side.

For a start location, click here.


North CenterNorth Center
Sunday April 26, 2009 – 1:00 PM – Free

Meet at the front of Revere Park at 2509 W. Irving Park Road near Rockwell.

Please bring and wear your helmet. Our rides are all-weather so please dress accordingly.

Big Shoulders Realty is proud to partner with The Chainlink in presenting a neighborhood bike tour of North Center.

North Center, Chicago Community Area #5 sits 5 miles northwest of the Loop. Uncultivated and untamed until the end of the 19th century, North Center is now a vibrant and successful near-north side community prized for its historic homes and friendly neighborhood streets. The roots of the community’s early days in Chicago were rooted in brickyards and light industry. Many of the residents were laborers that worked in the factories and clay pits on the banks of the North Branch of the Chicago River. Over the years, the area was transformed by the depression, the War, the postwar years and the forces of city dynamics. It is today home to several neighborhoods, the namesake North Center, Roscoe Village and St. Bens, each brimming with interesting architecture and character.

Plan your own your or see the route at Map My Ride.

March & April

Forest GlenForest Glen
Sunday March 29, 2009

Forest Glen Dedux – Saturday April 18, 2009 – 1:00 PM – Free

Meet at the parking lot for the Indian Road Woods Forest Preserve on east side of Central Avenue just north of Indian Road Woods and a half-mile south of Caldwell Avenue.

Please bring and wear your helmet. Our rides are all-weather so please dress accordingly.

Big Shoulders Realty is proud to work on this ride in cooperation with the Chicago Cycling Club to present a Tour of Forest Glen.

Forest Glen is community area #12 and sits 10 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Bordering the Northern border suburbs of Niles, Skokie and Lincolnwood, Forest Glen was a suburb itself until it was annexed by the city in 1889. The surrounding forest preserves, golf courses, parks, cemeteries, bike and hiking trails and beautiful homes of varying vintage and styles still preserves a suburban-community look and feel on the edge of the city.

Plan your own your or see the route at Map My Ride.


Albany ParkVuelta a Albany Park
Saturday February 28, 2009 / 1:00 PM
At Gompers Park at the intersection of Foster and Pulaski in Chicago

Our final installment of the Winter Cycling Series ends with the Vuelta a Albany Park. Each tour was designed to represent a famous European Cycling Classic…Tour de France – Portage Park, Giro D’Italia – Logan Square, Rund um Köln – Irving Park and of course, this final entry based on the Vuelta a España – Albany Park.

Last month we had 44 people fill out registrations, which was pretty spectacular for a winter ride. This is the final shot for the season, so hope to see you all out there.

Plan your own tour or see the route at Map My Ride.


Irving ParkRund um Irving Park
Saturday, January 31st, 2009 / 1:00 PM
At the south entrance of Horner Park at the intersection of Irving Park and California in Chicago.

This is a winter ride repeat of our Irving Park tour from this past May. It is our third of the Winter Cycling Series. Last month we had about 22 riders brave the warm, but immensely rain-soaked ride through Logan Square that claimed all but 9 riders by the end. This time around, we are hoping for some actual, real, honest to goodness snow….ok maybe it is a bad thing to ask for snow these days in Chicago, but at least one of these has to be a snow ride! We will meet at the southwest entrance of Horner Park, at the intersection of California and Irving Park Road. Bring your bike and a helmet. If you need to borrow a helmet or a bike, please let us know.

Plan your own tour or see the route at Map My Ride.



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