Final Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tour October 26

Historical and architectural tour of various neighbourhoods

On Sunday, October 26, Big Shoulders Realty will be hosting its final Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tour of the year, this time exploring the Jefferson Park Community area.

The tour is free to all. Riders should bring their bicycle and a helmet and meet at the entrance to Jefferson Park at 4822 North Long in Chicago.

Every month, Big Shoulders Realty plans and hosts a 12- to 20-mile ride of a different Chicago Community area. Company co-founder Lee Diamond organizes, plans and hosts the rides. He begins by scouting every block in each community area by bike, and taking detailed notes and photographs of all the buildings of the post-war era and earlier. Following the physical recognizance, the tour is organized by researching the various buildings and places and 10 to 25 of them are made to be part of the tour. At each stop, Diamond will explain the significance of the building, and in the process of the tour, the history of the area.

"The tours are designed to see the many architectural treasures of Chicago and explore our city of neighborhoods, one at a time," Diamond said. "Biking isn’t just a fashionable thing to do with gas costs soaring. Biking is a great way to improve our individual health, our city’s air, and offers the best pace to see the many things that make Chicago great.

"Seeing the city on a bicycle offers the greatest vantage point to take in all of the tremendous variety that the different neighborhoods offer," he added. "Without a roof overhead, the city takes on new verticality and significant discoveries can excite even the most long-term Chicagoan."

Jefferson Park is Community area number 11, located 10 miles northwest of the Loop and is the final original tour of 2008.  

"Jefferson Park is a fantastic neighborhood to see by bike," Diamond added. "Bordered by the Community areas of Forest Glen, Norwood Park and Portage Park, it is known as the 'Gateway to Chicago' because of its location at the terminus of several major thoroughfares and its location on rail lines and commuter trains."  

Riders are encouraged to meet on Sunday October 26 at 1 p.m. in Jefferson Park, located at 4822 North Long in front of the Clarence Hatzfeld-designed field house for a two- to three-hour bicycle tour. Riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet.

For more information, visit www.bigshouldersrealty.com under “Bike Tours”.

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