During Trisha’s recent visit, our time at the Nature Museum was only the beginning of our day enjoying Chicago’s culture by bike. After saying goodbye to the birds and butterflies, we continued riding south along the Lakefront Trail to downtown. Our destination was the Art Institute, Chicago’s great art museum.
After a few hours, our minds began to turn from art to relaxing. We met up with Sara and her new pastel blue Pashley Poppy that she bought from Boulevard Bikes. After commuting daily on a Jamis Commuter for a long time, she certainly deserved the upgrade!
The drinks were overpriced and the atmosphere a little obnoxious, but the views of downtown were cool.
After drinks and dinner, we added Mr. Dottie to our group and headed to Goodman Theatre to see The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. The play was interesting to think about afterward and also very long, 4.5 hours.
We ended up biking back home together through the relatively empty city streets at midnight. In my opinion, the best way to end a full and engaging day.
Wherever you live, remember to take the time to explore and enjoy your area’s culture.
After mentioning that I have not put my studded tires on Oma yet, I missed them this weekend. Some mild precipitation on Friday night caused patches of black ice to form all around the city.
I had to walk Oma over black ice several times while getting around on Saturday – biking to Logan Square to try on vintage outfits from Holly’s Lucite Box for the upcoming Bike Winter Fashion Show (found a gorgeous blue velvet dress), back to Lakeview for Heritage Bicycles’ grand opening party (crowded!), and to Wicker Park with a bikey group to see circus-punk marching band Mucca Pazza (pure fun). On Sunday, I decided simply to take the L to the Loop to see Mamet’s Race at Goodman Theatre (excellent).
Not simply a wet road, but a sheet of thin black ice
Based on this experience, I decided to put the studded tires on Oma, but today’s forecasted high of 44 F has me delaying the studs again. But I’m extra cautious while biking, especially at night.
I’ll leave you with a Mucca Pazza song to brighten your Monday morning.
I’m not one to wear special cycling clothes, but that does not apply to creative bike-themed fashion. The outfit below, for example (see also, my Makool bike locket).
Maureen of Inspired Cyclist sent me this beautiful printed t-shirt from Target. How sweet is this?? The t-shirt’s red and pink hearts perfectly match my new Nutcase helmet.
I put the two together with a pink hoodie, black jeggins and cool earrings made from old tire tubes that I bought at the Bike Winter Art Show (can’t remember the woman’s name!). Then I biked on Coco downtown to see God of Carnage at the Goodman Theatre, which was an amazing play.
Nutcase’s website does not list this design and my local bike shop didn’t have it yet, so I emailed Nutcase directly and quickly got a reply email with a link to a shop in Cali that had some in stock. Score!
The $60 price tag made me hesitate, but I rationalized that if divided into price per wear, it would be pennies a day.
Altogether, I was a very happy cycling lady!
P.S. Mr. Dottie was there, too, but evaded my camera. He sent Sir Raleigh as his LGRAB ambassador. :)
Anyone else have bike-themed fashion you just love?