Stopping by Schuba’s Bike Bash

I’m catching up on my blogposts and next up is a rundown of the Schubas Bike Bash from a couple of weeks ago. Schubas is a great neighborhood tavern with a small performance hall in the back where I’ve seen a number of great live shows.  It also is one of the few remaining Schlitz Brewery ‘tied-houses’ in Chicago, and one of the most nicely preserved. Give a read to this article over on Forgotten Chicago to learn more about the American version of British tied houses that used to populate about every corner in Chicago.  This historic bar hosted a lovely Saturday afternoon bike bash open to all ages. The guys hopped on the Yuba Mundo, and I grabbed my Omafiets, and off we rode to Schubas. The bar already has a number of permanent bike racks out in front of their Southport entrance, but they took advantage of their corner location that day and added these temporary bike racks on the Belmont Street side as well.

We locked up our bikes and headed on inside. Little Ding was so excited to get inside and see some bike gear that he didn’t even bother to take off his helmet!
Inside Schubas

It’s not a huge space, but it was just about the right size. It got fairly busy inside and crowded, but not too crowded.

The folks from Rapid Transit were talking bikes and bike repair…

and there were some friendly faces from the,

and Kim from the Active Transportation Alliance was there promoting Bike to Work Week and the Commuter Challenge.

commuter challenge prize

Kim modeling the very cool prize for the winner of the Commuter Challenge

more stuff from active trans

Bike to work Week goodies from the Active Transportation Alliance

Greg Borzo was there too promoting his very handy book, Where to Bike Chicago.

There were some nice raffle prizes given away during the afternoon – sadly we did not win a one of them. They raffled off a bike and these goodies too.

One of the raffle prizes

The Schlitz Raffle Prize

The Schlitz Raffle Prize (of course)

Did I mention that drafts of Schlitz were going for a measly $2 that day too?  You could have used one to wash down one of those ubiquitous free Cliff bars that always makes an appearance at an event like this. However, as you can see, they had all disappeared by the time we arrived.

There were CLif bars here

There were Clif bars here

We eventually made our way outside . A DJ was spinning some tunes, and word was,  the Racketeers were going to put on a show!  We headed outside to check out the fun.

Girls and Bikes – what’s not to love about the Racketeers?

more racketeers

and yet more racketeers

All in all, a fun afternoon. Little Ding got some cool bike swag,  we saw the Racketeers, we had some beer, and we all rode our bikes.  We took Southport south towards home and cut through the Finkl & Sons steel mill – as many cyclists do when you want to get from Lincoln Park to Wicker Park. It’s even cooler when some of the doors are open and you can look inside.

riding home by the steel mill

Did we miss you at the Bike Bash? Did you happen to win one of the fabulous prizes? Do tell my Chicago cycling friends!

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