The first Women-Who-Bike brunch of the new year marked an excellent start to 2012! The lure of beautiful weather and the highly-acclaimed new restaurant Nightwood drew 23 women, including several first-timers.
Because the restaurant was in Pilsen, about 8-10 miles from my house depending on the route, I met up with a group of six to bike together. Sunday morning is the best time to cycle and low traffic allowed us to ride side-by-side and chat most of the way.
After a delicious meal, we all spent a good amount of time outside, chatting and bike-gawking.
Martha took some photos for her fab blog, Bike Fancy. Other highlights: Purple!
On Sunday, Chicago’s lovely bike ladies got together for the final brunch of 2011. The weather in Chicago is unseasonably mild and I was able to get by without a coat, wearing a sweater dress ($2 from Salvation Army!) and glittery Cynthia Rowley tights (a gift from Trisha last Christmas).
About 15 of us met at The Southern in Bucktown and boy was it good!
I had to get the fried chicken, biscuits and gravy (hey, I’m from North Carolina!). There was enough left over for yummy dinners on Sunday and Monday.
Martha seems to be taking her benedict seriously in this photo, but she liked it. And Ash her donuts. :)
For real, these cinnamon donuts with fruit and coffee dipping sauce looked amazing.
After a leisurely meal, we headed outside for our usual bike talk.
Maria, Samantha and Seri showed off their wintery white helmets.
Jen, Ash and Holly modeled their oh-so-lovely jackets. ;)
Catherine made a strong case for purple and green together.
Martha’s bright red scarf and Samantha’s neon yellow gloves were great pops of color (visibility!) next to their black coats.
And check out Martha’s new Yakkay helmet cover. Swoon!
April and Holly brought some spring colors into the mix. (Stay tuned for a full review of April’s raincoat coming later this week.)
So cheerful on a grey winter day!
I think I managed to get everyone’s photo this time except Stef and Carrie, so I’m posting these that I took at prior gatherings. (A bit underdressed for December, aren’t we, ladies? )
The Women-Who-Bike group has been coming together for brunch every month for over a year now. November’s brunch was number 13. There were 20 of us, a great mix of regulars and new faces, plus Trisha. I was especially excited to have a group of teenage girls and their mentors from West Town Bike’sGirls Bike Club. (Much more about them in a future post!)
I was so busy eating and gabbing, I managed to take pictures of only a few of the women, so this is merely a sampling of the awesomeness. :)
I must give thanks to Bleeding Heart Bakery and Cafe on Chicago Avenue. Even though they don’t take reservations, they accommodated our large group, plus the food was delicious and our waitress was super sweet.
If you are in Chicago and interested in joining us for brunch, we meet on the first Sunday of the month. Email me at LGRAB [at] letsgorideabike.com to get on the mailing list for the details.
Those of us who were not out of town for the Labor Day weekend met up for our monthly brunch on September 4. We enjoyed the back patio at bike-friendly Handlebar Bar & Grill, a group favorite. The weather was perfect and we savored what may have been our last outdoor brunch for 7 or 8 months.
Megan and her Bianci
Cute shoes and Road ID
Sara and her Jamis
Cute bike flower
Stefanie and her vintage roadbike
Jennifer and her vintage Raleigh
Me and Oma
I love hanging out with this cool group of women! We meet for brunch the first Sunday of the month and for happy hour whenever. If you’d like to join us, email me at LGRAB@letsgorideabike.com.
July’s women-who-bike brunch in Chicago on Sunday was a lovely little affair. (I believe most of our ladies were resting up after the annual overnight L.A.T.E. Ride.) We set up a picnic on the banks of a river just off a recreational bike path. Everyone brought a little something to share and there were lots of fresh berries, homemade pastries, and refreshing spiked drinks.
The weather was a bit hot and there was a flat tire at the end, but nothing that the ladies could not handle.
It was so lovely to meet new people and to see familiar faces!
Are you in Chicago and interested in joining us? Email me at LGRAB [at] letsgorideabike.com. All women-who-bike (or are-considering-biking) are welcome!
More events coming up:
Women-who-bike Happy Hour: July 20, 6:00, Blue Line Lounge
Chicago’s second Critical Lass ride rolled out last Thursday, this time with a group of nearly 30. Like the inaugural ride in May, the ride was so much fun. I love it!
As you can see in my photos below, it’s a women’s ride, plain and simple. All lasses are welcome! I guarantee you will be greeted by the friendliest group of women in Chicago.
(Saying goodbye to mom)
Chatting with others and riding side-by-side was easy due to the super calm route. After about an hour, we ended at a bar in Logan Square, where I stayed for a couple of hours, enjoying beer and buffalo wing specials.
The next Critical Lass ride is July 21 – always the third Thursday of the month, starting at the Polish Triangle. I hope to see even more lasses there next time!
I bow down, once again, to our amazing leader Ash.
Mark your calendar! Together with Sara of This Little Bike of Mine, I will be leading a cupcake ride this Saturday, June 25, at 1:00 p.m.
The ride will be a leisurely 6-7 miles, starting at the Polish Triangle and ending at Oz Park.
We plan on visiting 3 bakeries – Alliance, Bleeding Heart, and Sweet Mandy B’s. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to eat 3 cupcakes (although Sara and I are up for the challenge!). You can always share with a friend. We’ll be stopping in a couple of parks to enjoy our treats so feel free to bring a blanket if you prefer.
The dress code is “cupcakesque.” Ruffles and pastels encouraged. Per usual, any ladies-who-bike are welcome! We hope to see you Saturday!
*In the chance of rain we will announce an alternate date.
Sun, women, bikes, brunch, sangria, fresh mown grass = a perfect Sunday morning. This month’s women-who-bike brunch was a picnic on the lakefront, with everyone bringing a dish to share – and boy were there some delicious baked goods! Although Chicago has scores of great brunch restaurants, the picnic was so much better than being cooped up indoors. After about 8 months of cold, Chicagoans know how to enjoy the summer!
I’ll let the photos speak for themselves now.
Thank you, awesome women, for choosing to spend your Sunday morning with the group!
As always, women in the Chicago area who would like to join the brunch (or one of the happy hours – next one on Monday, June 13) should email me at LGRAB@letsgorideabike.com.