Hope you like beer, breakfast and bike mechanics, Chicago.
This year's Chicago Bike Week, which runs Friday, June 13, through Friday, June 20, will sport free food, drinks and tune-ups all over the city.
Chicago Bike Week celebrates the city's cycling culture and culminates at the Bike to Work Rally in which thousands of commuters unite in Daley Plaza and forgo other forms of transportation in favor of cycling to work. Events throughout the week include casual happy hours, bike repair and even an outdoor spin class.
During the week, the Active Transportation Alliance is hosting its Bike Commuter Challenge, which encourages commuters to bike to work by offering prizes. Offices around Chicago can participate by signing up their employees to track their rides throughout the week online at bikecommuterchallenge.org.
Last year, nearly 5,000 people participated in the challenge, according to Lauren Hugel, who is organizing the event. So far, more than 3,000 commuters and a record 600 teams have signed up for this year's challenge, she said.
Of those participants, Hugel noted that about 20 percent said they will be biking to work for the first time.
RedEye compiled a list of the official and unofficial events of the week:
Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15
11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free bike valet system at the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park.
Friday, June 13
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. BFF Bikes (2113 W. Armitage Ave.) will host a free safety clinic and happy hour for bike commuters.
Saturday, June 14
12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Schubas Tavern is hosting a raffle, a barbecue with $3 beer from Revolution Brewing (the first one is free), and hands-on demos and workshops from local bike shops in the Schubas parking lot.
6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Chicago's 11th World Naked Bike Ride. Event details, including the location, will be available at ChicagoNakedRide.org.
Monday June 16
6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. On the Route Bicycles, a bike shop which has two North Side locations and one in the South Loop, is hosting a commuter pit stop with free coffee at the intersection of Lincoln and Barry avenues.
6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Active Transportation Alliance is hosting a commuter pit stop in Pilsen's Plaza Tenochtitlan, offering cups of Dark Matter Coffee and mechanics from Working Bikes.
6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Bike Commuter Challenge is hosting a pit-stop at Village Cycle Center (1337 N. Wells St.).
8:30 p.m.This week's movie in the park is Rushmore, whose protagonist rides his bike everywhere.
Tuesday, June 17
6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Heritage Bicycles is hosting a commuter pit stop at the corner of Lincoln and Wellington avenues with free coffee.
6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Bike Commuter Challenge is holding morning events at REI (1466 N. Halsted St.) and West Town Bikes (2459 W. Division St.).
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Active Transportation Alliance is sponsoring food and drink discounts at the Beer Bistro North, Lake Street Kitchen + Bar, The Bottle Shop and Trives Ale House.
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Paramount Room (415 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is hosting an after-work happy hour and pit-stop, with $4 craft beer pints and 20 percent off food.
Wednesday, June 18
6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Active Transportation Alliance is sponsoring pit-stops at the Polish Triangle and the North Shore Channel Trail.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Active Transportation Alliance is sponsoring food and drink discounts at Dimo's Pizza (3463 N. Clark St.).
6 p.m. Ancien Cycles (688 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will host an event with free yoga and wine.
6:30 p.m. Lee Diamond of Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours will lead a free, two-hour tour of the Near North Side, meeting at Buckingham Fountain.
Thursday, June 19
6:30 to 9 a.m. Active Transportation Alliance is sponsoring morning pit-stops at the Field Museum and the lakefront trail at Fullerton Avenue.
4:30 p.m. The Chainlink cycling organization will host a do-it-yourself pit stop and seminar on city initiatives and services for cyclists at Ancien Cycles (688 N. Milwaukee Ave.).
5:30 p.m. A spin instructor and DJ will hold a free outdoor spin class near Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. There will be more than 200 bikes available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Active Transportation Alliance is sponsoring food and drink discounts at Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark St.).
7 p.m. Ancien Cycles will offer a free beer-tasting from the BreakRoom Brewery.
Friday, June 20
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The City of Chicago is hosting a Bike to Work Rally in Daley Plaza with a free bike valet, a T-shirt giveaway and continental breakfast.
7 p.m. Ancien Cycles (688 N. Milwaukee Ave.), will host a grand opening party with free music, food and beer and wine tasting.
8 p.m. Bike tour guide Lee Diamond will lead a nighttime tour of the Near North Side, starting at Buckingham Fountain.
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