Bike & Brewery Tour to Lagunitas Co.

 

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The Bike and Brewery tour is an exclusive tour being offered by Bike and Roll this summer. The tour currently runs only on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On this tour you’ll explore through neighborhoods like the Prairie Mansion District, Chinatown and Pilsen. All of which are unique and exciting in their own way. At each of these neighborhoods you will stop by various popular restaurants and sample dishes. The tour concludes with a tour of one of the largest breweries in the Chicago area, the Lagunitas Brewery. At the tour you are given samples of their well known craft beers and also a lot of facts about how the Lagunitas Brewing Company began and established success.

 

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I was able to go on this tour myself on Friday June 12th to see what it was all about. The weather wasn’t cooperating with us too much throughout the day but I don’t mind a bike ride in the rain. Thankfully there weren’t any severe storms on our ride.
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Our tour started off with a trip to Del Campos Tacos on 12th street beach. This is a hidden gem. This taco stand is right behind the Adler Planetarium and right in front of a small beach. David the owner/chef served us some of his steak tacos and they were delicious. He mentioned that he will be opening a location in Pilsen but for now you’ll have to make to trip to 12th street beach to give his food a taste.

 

From there we visited the Prairie Mansion District near the south loop. This part of the city was the original “Gold Coast” of the city. Some of Chicago’s most elite residents owned homes in this part of the city. Many of the homes now have been restored while others have been declared historic landmarks. Marshall Fields and George Pullman were two people who were residents to this area. Al Capone also spent some time in this district.

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After visiting the Prairie Mansion District we took a trip into Chinatown. Chicago’s Chinatown was designed to resemble Beijing. It is one of the largest Chinatown’s in the country. There are a lot of restaurants, grocery stores and gift shops in the area. In addition there were also a lot of services that cater to the Chinese culture.

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Once we were done exploring Chinatown we headed to Pilsen. Pilsen is a well known Latino neighborhood. Our first stop in Pilsen was at Dia De Los Tamales. I tried the Cuban Slow Roasted Pork tamale. It was delicious. The workers there are very welcoming and help you out if you’re not sure what to order. Go on the tour and you will see for yourself.

We made a quick stop at Carnitas Don Pedro after having some tamales. Carnitas is a Mexican dish originating in the state of Michoacán. The term carnitas literally means “little meats” and is made by braising or simmering pork. Carnitas Don Pedro is a very well known establishment in the Pilsen community. Long time residents of Pilsen always bring up this establishment. It has been in the community for over 30 years and hopefully it stays for many more.


IMG_5203 copyOur last stop in Pilsen before heading to the Lagunitas Brewery was at a well regarded Salvadorian restaurant in the area. The restaurant was named Pupuseria El Excelente. I had never had Salvadorian food previous to this. People have always recommended I try pupusas though. Pupusas is a traditional Salvadorian dish made with a thick homemade corn tortilla that is usually filled with cheese, beans and meats as well. The pupusas from this location were very delicious and they have received several excellent reviews on yelp!

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Then we were finally on our way to the Lagunitas Brewery! The main entrance to the upstairs taproom was very colorful. It felt like you were walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Once everyone had arrived for the 1p.m. tour a very enthusiastic gentlemen guided us towards their cozy and vintage tasting room. Four of their beers were given to us to taste. We were given their Pilsner, IPA, Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’ and NightTime beers to taste. Their tasting room featured jenga, a racing video game and even a piano for guests to use.

 

Following the tasting portion of the tour we were guided around the brewery and informed about the various procedures they use to brew their beers. Our guide mentioned that Lagunitas had a whiskey they were working on. They also mentioned a new beer in the works that would be exclusive to Chicago only.  

Don’t hesitate to go on this tour but remember you have to be 21+. The food was delicious at every location we stopped at. You will learn some cool information about a few neighborhoods in Chicago. The Lagunitas tour was very fun as well. The tour guides are very enthusiastic and that always leads to a better experience!

Triathlon season is approaching!

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The Chicago Triathlon SuperSprint is on August 29, 2015. The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon takes place August 30, 2015 and the ITU World Triathlon will make its stop in Chicago on September 18-19, 2015.

If you are participating in any of these events and need to get your bike ready come on by to our shop. Our mechanics will make sure everything is working properly for these exciting events. We are located at 239 E. Randolph inside the McDonald’s Cycle Center.

If you are in need of a bike for any of these events we have Trek 7.2 FX Fitness Bikes available and Trek 1.2 Road Bikes. Both in various sizes.

Reserve your bike for the Chicago Triathlon Supersprint here http://bikeandrollchicago.rezgo.com/details/81792/chicago-triathlon-supersprint-saturday-august-29Reserve your bike for The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon here http://bikeandrollchicago.rezgo.com/details/38098/transamerica-chicago-triathlon-august-30-2015
Reserve your bike for The ITU World Triathlon here http://bikeandrollchicago.rezgo.com/details/65250/itu-world-triathlon-september-18-19-2015

Bike to Lollapalooza!

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July 31 – August 02!  

The best way to get to and from the Lollapalooza Music Festival and aftershows is by bicycle. You just jump on your bike, ride down to the festival,  park it at the complimentary bicycle valet and enjoy the show.

This year we’ve put together an extra special bike rental deal for all Lollapalooza attendees!

5 day rental = $75

3 day rental = $55

1 day rental = $25

ALL bike rentals include: bicycle lock, riding map, & a helmet.  As an added bonus ALL Lollapalooza attendees receive $10 OFF any segway tour, bicycle tour, or food tour by bike. Bikes are going quick so please reserve yours today at http://bikeandrollchicago.rezgo.com/details/55485/lollapalooza-bike-rental Bike to lollapalooza

 

TechWeek is coming to Chicago

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June 22-28

Techweek hosts a 7-day series of events with a 2-day technology conference and expo to bring together a mixture of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and thought leaders. This weeklong celebration of technology and innovation brings the local community together and we then shine a large global spotlight on the exciting developments in that community.

Past speakers at Techweek include: Jonah Peretti (Founder & CEO, BuzzFeed), Karen Sumberg (Diversity Pod Leader, Google), Travis Kalanick (CEO, Uber), Reshma Saujani (Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code), Craig Newmark (Founder, Craigslist), Nyla Koncurat (Co-founder & Managing Partner, Karlani Capital), Barney Harford (CEO, Orbitz), Dan Gilbert (Founder, Quicken Loans), Alexis Ohanian (Co-founder, Reddit & Partner, Y Combinator), Rahm Emanuel (Mayor, Chicago), and Kathryn Minshew (Founder, The Muse).

REGISTER TODAY!

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Bike Appétit Tours Coming Soon!

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Bike and Roll Chicago is very proud to announce that coming next month (June) 2012, we will be introducing Bike Appétit Chicago Food Tours by Bicycle!

There will be 3 different tours offered multiple times per week:

Big Shoulders Food Tour features Chicago favorites such as deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, and Chicago-style hot dogs.

Chicago Bikes, Blues, & BBQ Tour includes top blues clubs, BBQ joints, and other food favorites all in Historic Hyde Park and Kenwood.

Sweet Home Chicago Food Tour the Sweet Home Chicago tour is a sweet-tooth’s dream with samples of top pastries, candies, gelatos, and more!

For more information on pricing, departure dates & times, and more – please visit: http://www.bikechicago.com/chicago-tours/food

See you out in Chicago for some great eats and great sites soon!

Bike to Work Week is June 9 – 15!

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June 9th through 15th is Chicago’s Bike to Work Week!

Our sister company Bike & Park Chicago offers bicycle commuter services from Millennium Park and the 53rd St. Bicycle Center http://bikeandpark.com/city/chicago

A day pass costs just $5 and includes: secure bike parking, lockers, showers*, towel service*, mechanic service on-site, and more!  *Millennium Park location only.

There’s still time to sign-up for the Bike Commuter Challenge produced by the Active Transportation Alliance: http://bikecommuterchallenge.org/

Here’s a listing of the fun events and happenings put on by the City of Chicago http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/events___special_events/special_events/mose/bike_chicago.html including a bike to work week rally on Friday 6/15 (with FREE t-shirts – see design below!), short film contest, and a screening of “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”

 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Bike & Roll Sister Company wins People’s Choice Award

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Bike and Rolll Chicago’s sister company focused on bicycle commuting, Bike & Park, recently participated in the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open http://sustainablebrands.com/events/sb12/innovation-open   “…this event showcases highly innovative, socially conscious entrepreneurs with a product orB2B solution that is focused on helping companies achieve their goals towards creating more sustainable brands.”

After successfully passing several rounds of judginghttp://sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/blog/meet-sbio-semi-finalists  We are very proud to announce that our sister company Bike & Park was named the People’s Choice Award winner of theSustainalbe Brands Innovation Open.  http://sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/blog/sb12-innovation-open-results

Friend’s of the Parks L.A.T.E. Ride

Saturday night June 30th / Sunday morning July 1st is the L.A.T.E. Ride Chicago – Presented by the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute & benefiting Friends of the Parks

Bike and Roll Chicago is proud to be a recurring sponsor of the L.A.T.E. Ride and this year we will once again be offering special rental deals with a portion of the proceeds going to Friends of the Parks. You can reserve your bicycle rental for the LATE Ride here:LATE Ride Rentals

Our Millennium Park location (239 E. Randolph St.) will be open until midnight on Saturday night for rental pick-ups and will open at 4:30am on Sunday morning for rental drop-offs.

Info on the L.A.T.E. Ride as well as event registration can be found here

See you Saturday!

Lollapalooza Bike Rental Specials!

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The best way to get to and from the Lollapalooza Music Festival and all of the official aftershows is by bike. Jump on your bike, ride down to the festival, park it at the complimentary bicycle valet at the Southeast Corner of Lakeshore and Monroe courtesy of our friends from the Active Transportation Alliance. This year we’ve put together an extra special bike rental deal for all Lollapalooza attendees!

5 day bike rental = $65 (67% OFF)

3 day bike rental = $45 (62% OFF)

1 day bike rental = $20 (49% OFF)

ALL bike rentals are all-inclusive and include: bicycle lock, riding map, & a helmet. As an added bonus ALL Lollapalooza attendees receive $10 OFF anysegway tour, bicycle tour, or food tour by bike. Bikes are going quick so please reserve your bike rental today at info@bikechicago.com please indicate that you’re a Lollapalooza attendee.

For additional info, please check out our website Lollapalooza Page here

Tour Guide Justin on “What it’s Like to Be a Tour Guide in Chicago”

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We asked our tour guides “What is it like to be a tour guide in Chicago?” and this is the first of many candid responses we received:

“Being a tour guide is like a recurring show-and-tell for adults. I get to re-live that excitement I had bringing my favorite rock or favorite song to elementary school and having my 2 minutes of sharing glory. As a tour guide, it’s a pretty similar experience: I get to show people all of my favorite parts of Chicago on our mini adventure. As a super-fan of the city and an amateur history buff, being a tour guide is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.

No matter who is on the tour, it’s great to see the reactions on people’s faces change as they start to fall more in love with the city as the tour continues. Many people enjoy our tours from all areas of the globe and also from our own backyard. Groups can range from a mini-United Nations to people that I grew up close to in the suburbs. When we first go out, I make sure we take time to introduce ourselves and where we are from. This creates a friendship between everyone so we all don’t feel like strangers riding around together.

I am a performer, and recently at the end of some of my tours I took time to advertise a cabaret show I had coming up with my girlfriend at a great spot in the city. On the last night of a two-day run of the show I actually had a family from a tour the week before in the audience. It was quite a joy see them there! Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye because you feel like hanging out with your new friends more, so it was nice to have a little reunion at the cabaret.

If I had known how much I would enjoy being a tour guide, I feel like I would have done it years ago. Taking tours in Chicago is a great way to become acquainted with the city, enjoy being outside on something familiar (a bike) or something probably new (segway), and get an insider connection with great places to eat or attractions to go see.”

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