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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 years 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.
This exhibition explores the bicycle as symbol and the bicycle as innovation, focusing on Chicago from 1870 to 1980 with some contemporary examples. Part of the 2018 Art Design Chicago initiative, it highlights process but also the ways in which design, culture, industry, and place are inexorably intertwined.
Open until March 3, 2019 at Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph.