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Chicago 1919 Race Riot Bike Tour

Join a large-scale, 10-mile bike ride through the South Side neighborhoods where violence erupted during the summer of 1919. Facilitated by Blackstone Bicycle Works, this tour will start at the only marker of the riots in the city—at 29th Street and the lakefront—and then move through Bronzeville, Bridgeport, the Stockyards, and back toward the lake. Tour leaders will mark sites of violence and encourage riders to visualize the past. Where did the events of 1919 take place? How have neighborhoods changed over time? Where do we see boundaries and segregation as we ride? How can we see and feel history in the city’s built environment?

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