Women-Who-Bike: The First Brunch for 2012

The Pilsen Neighborhood in Chicago – along Halsted Street

For the opening brunch of 2012 we all headed south to the Pilsen neighborhood – an old Chicago neighborhood about 3 miles south of downtown. It began as a German, and later Czech & Slovak neighborhood in the 19th century, supplying labor to the stockyards and the surrounding industrial areas. ┬áBy the 1960s the neighborhood was well on it’s way to become the Mexican-American enclave it is today. It’s also developed an arts community, with a number of galleries and work-live spaces, as well as the Chicago Arts District and the National Museum of Mexican Art. The weather was incredibly temperate for early January so it made for a great 5 mile ride for me down to Nightwood Restaurant.

They have a lovely basement dining room set up for larger groups and it was the perfect place to put all of us.

You might have guessed there were a few cyclists in the house!

Of course, a winter-biking footwear discussion broke out and we checked out everyone’s favorite boots and shoes for cycling.

We made our way outside and the less-than-frigid temperatures aided our usual habit of lingering over our bikes as we admired each others’ gear and discussed various routes to ride home along with riding partners.

Dottie took a lot of great photos for her blog too!

She even took one of me!

(photo courtesy of Dottie Brackett)

A couple of us decided to ride home together so we headed north.

We met up with the rest of Jen’s family on the Bakfiets and dropped Ann off at the Blue Line.

All in all, a great day to be out and about on bikes, and to meet other women who travel this city on two wheels. Come join us next month – we’ll be brunching on Sunday February 5th!

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