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Keep Moving: Designing Chicago's Cycling History

Chicago has a long, complicated relationship with the bicycle. In the first Bicycle Boom in the 1890s, more than 2/3rds of American-made bicycles were manufactured here in Chicago. Today, we are seeing more examples of how the bicycle highlights inequity in the city, and discussing broader social issues, like gentrification and policing, through the lens of the bicycle. This adventure focuses on the early years of the bicycle and the innovations and innovators that came from Chicago.

  • 1.

    Major Taylor

    Major Taylor

    The "Black Cyclone"

  • 2.

    Western Wheel Works

    Western Wheel Works

    The largest bicycle factory in America!

  • 3.

    Keep Moving: Shifting Gears

    Keep Moving: Shifting Gears

    Block 37 Gallery, open through February 2019.

  • 4.

    Hudson Bikes

    Hudson Bikes

    A bike rental company revolving around Chicago's African American community

  • 5.

    Keep Moving:

    Keep Moving:

    Designing Chicago's Bicycle Culture, October 27–March 3

  • 6.

    Six Day Races

    Six Day Races

    About Chicago Stadium/6 Day races

  • 7.

    Excelsior

    Excelsior

    Sewing machines, motorcycles, Schwinns, and Robies

  • 8.

    Arnold, Schwinn and Co.

    Arnold, Schwinn and Co.

    Why was Schwinn in Chicago, and how did the company impact the American bicycle industry?

  • 9.

    Ingo

    Ingo

    For everyone from 8 to 80!

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