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April 4, 2014

Chicago Bike Week to Promote Cycling June 13-20 as part of Bike Chicago 2014

Includes bike tour, a movie in Millennium Park and the Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza on June 20

Mary Mary    mmay@cityofchicago.org 312.744.0576

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 Company.

"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."

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 11am–9:30pm daily, to see the full line-up visit chicagobluesfestival.us.

On Monday, 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 8:30pm following the Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays concert on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage at 6:30pm. Bring your bike, a picnic and enjoy music and a movie on us!

Do you have Divvy Style? Stop by the Federal Plaza Farmers Market (230 S. Dearborn ) on Tuesday, 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 8:30am–3pm. 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 Wednesday, June 18. Join us for a FREE two-hour tour of the Near North Side beginning at 6:30pm 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 Thursday, June 19 beginning at 5:30pm at Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) in Millennium Park. Bikes will be available on first come, first serve basis.

The week’s festivities will culminate on Friday, June 20 from 7–9am with the Bike to Work Rally on Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington), presented by the City of Chicago and Goose Island Beer Company. Join thousands of cyclists for live music and FREE continental breakfast provided by 7-Eleven and Door-to-Door Organics. Also, all cyclists will receive a FREE T-shirt as well as use of the valet bike parking complimentary Kickstart by Mountain Dew.

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 1860’s 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 our 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.

Goose Island Beer Company, Presenting Sponsor
Presented by the City of Chicago and Goose Island Beer Company, Bike Chicago 2014 is a celebration of Chicago’s commitment to become even more bicycle friendly and environmentally conscious. After you finish your ride this summer, take your taste buds for a spin with your favorite Goose Island beer at bike friendly craft beer destinations throughout Chicagoland. For more information about our beers and events visit Gooseisland.com.

Bike Chicago 2014 is presented by Goose Island Beer Company in partnership with Kickstart by Mountain Dew, 93XRT, Aquafina, Life Time Fitness, Chicago Transit Authority, 7-Eleven, Door-to-Door Organics, Southwest Airlines, theChainlink.org and Active Transportation Alliance. For more information and details on Chicago Bike Week and Bike Chicago 2014, please call 312.744.3316 or visit bikechicago.us. Join the conversation on Facebook (Bike Chicago) or follow us on Twitter at @ChicagoDCASE, #ChiBikeWeek.

 

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Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.