Keep Moving: Designing Chicago's Bicycle Culture

October 27, 2018 - March 3, 2019

Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph St.

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The Open Road for Boys, The Torbel Company: Boston, MA, April 1939. Chicago Design Museum.

The Open Road for Boys, The Torbel Company: Boston, MA, April 1939. Chicago Design Museum. (click on image to enlarge)

 

Just before the turn of the century, the popularity of the bicycle in America was at an apex and Chicago-based manufacturers shops were producing the majority of American-made bicycles. However, in just a few decades the industry was a shell of its former self, as consumer focus shifted to cars, planes, and surviving the Great Depression. Keep Moving explores how bicycle design in Chicago contributed to the early popularity of bicycles in America, their survival through the 20th century, and their resurgence today.

 

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Photo Credit: Chicago Design Museum

Advertisement for "The America," America Cycle Manufacturing Company. c. 1898. Chicago Design Museum. Arnold, Schwinn & Co. stationery with "The 'World' Cycles" branding, Arnold, Schwinn & Co., 1905. Chicago Design Museum. Image of Oliver (Butch) Martin Jr. from "Champion On Wheels," Ebony, Vol. XXII, No. 11, September 1967. Chicago Design Museum.

 

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Expo 72
72 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601


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