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Design Museum of Chicago

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.

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