Wednesday, September 30, 2009

winter cycling workshop

Have you been thinking about riding your bike in winter but weren't sure how to stay warm, or needed a few other ideas to make it happen? Check out this Bike Winter workshop - Get Layered: Winter Cycling Tips and Tricks. It's a free outdoor workshop to promote biking as year-round transportation in Chicago. Free gaitors and stickers! It's happening on 10/11 from 11am-1pm at the Logan Square Farmer's Market: 3111 W Logan Blvd.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Partners for Rogers Park meeting 10/5

There will be a second meeting of Partners for Rogers Park on Monday 10/5 at Chicago Math & Science Academy, 7212 N Clark, from 5 pm to 9 pm, in case you missed the first one or would like to participate again!

Jazz Showcase

Looking for something cool to do this week? Check out the Jazz Showcase calendar.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Working Bikes 10th anniversary

Working Bikes is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this Saturday 9/26, 6-10 pm at its "new" location, 2434 S. Western Ave. There will be live music, food and Fat Tire and Hoptoberfest beer provided by New Belgium Brewing.

Over the last ten years Working Bikes has gathered, repaired and distributed about 10,000 bikes in the Midwest and about 30,000 bikes internationally, providing sustainable transportation all over the planet, making people smarter and healthier and the earth a better place to be. Celebrate 10 years of community service and international aid!

weekly Irish music sessions at Poitin Stil

If you'd like to get an Irish music fix on Sunday evening, pay a visit to Poitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis (at Greenview) from 5:30 to 7:30. Music sessions are planned for 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 and 10/25, with additional dates TBA. If your timing is right, you might get some dancing entertainment as well. Cheers!

Sauganash bike ride on 10/4

When: Sunday 10/4 10:00 AM
Where: South end of the Sauganash Trail, Bryn Mawr & Kostner
Host and mover: Alderman Margaret Laurino of the 39th Ward
Reason: to explore Sauganash and some history of the area (Ald. Laurino is a history major graduate of Northeastern)

REAL reason: to convince another alderman that bicycling is taken seriously by a lot of the city's residents!
It's a short ride, but everyone is invited so we can get a MASSIVE turnout, as many as possible, hopefully far more than Ald. Laurino is expecting.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Daniel Burnham scavenger hunt 9/26

It's happening on Saturday 9/26. Check it out if you and a team of friends want to test your knowledge in local history and architecture.

transit freebie today

McDonald's is giving away free coupons and transit cards this morning for a promotion. Read the article for details.

Evanston gets 2nd grant for bike path rebuild

This is good news. Evanston's lakefront bike path has been in tough shape in recent years. Now they've got a second grant to pay for rebuilding it.

Friday, September 18, 2009

(park)ing day

This event has been happening for a few years now, but I know that plenty of you haven't heard about it yet. It's a creative way to make a statement about the need for green space in our cities.

Here is the current list of the various Park(ing) Day sites taking place in the Chicago area.

Moss and Strand Design, 3552 N Southport Ave near Addison
Quatrine Custom Furniture, 670 N. Wabash
Architecture for Humanity, 3337 N. Broadway

World Music Festival in Rogers Park tomorrow

Rogers Park's contribution to the World Music Festival is happening on Saturday 9/19 from 10 to 6 at Willye White Park, Howard & Ashland - featuring Kusun Ensemble, Rebel Roots Reggae, Yves Francois et Rocambu Jazz, Demi Lobo, Nuestros Tambos and more.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

a new bike trail in the works

How cool is this? And why haven't we heard more about it? The Weber Spur Trail will be a nice addition to our local trail network.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Just Energy FYI

If you've been solicited by Just Energy, read here for more info. You might not want to rush into signing anything.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Boulevard Lakefront Tour

This is absolutely my favorite big ride in Chicago - a wide range of city neighborhoods, a great mix of people, live entertainment, food, and fun. This year's 21st anniversary event is happening on Sunday 9/13. Registrations are accepted up to the start of the ride.

It starts at Washington Park, within easy riding distance of the CTA red and green lines, if you prefer not to drive. It's even a Climate Neutral event (the first of its kind in Chicago). There's a route for every ability: 15 mile family ride, 27 mile Beverly Cruise, 35 mile Boulevard Tour, and 62 mile (metric century) Ultimate Neighborhood Ride. The 27 and 62 mile routes visit Beverly and Pullman.

The Ride Guide will point the way and offer details on Chicago’s rich history and main points of interest along the route. The post-ride festival will feature live entertainment, picnic lunch and drinks by Goose Island Brew Pub.

Registration includes:
• Event T-shirt and post-ride festival
• Volunteer support and five rest/water stops on the course
• Ride guide with points of interest along the route
• Scavenger hunt for raffle prizes
• Live entertainment at the festival

If you'd like to support the event but can't ride, please volunteer.

Either way, I hope we'll see you out there!

Jargowood meets tonight

Jargowood block club will be meeting tonight at its usual time and place: 7:30 p.m., Sherwin Manor Nursing Home community room, Sheridan Road between Jarvis and Sherwin. If you live in the area between Jarvis and Birchwood, Clark and the lake, this may be of interest to you. Come out and meet your neighbors and talk about neighborhood issues, including ideas discussed at last night's Partners for Rogers Park meeting.