Around the Hood: Go Edgewater Events for August & September

[ Photos courtesy of Go Edgewater ]


The 606 Ride

Saturday, August 29

Meet at 10 am / Ride departs at 10:15 am and returns to Edgewater ~2 pm

Start at the Thorndale CTA Stop (1118 W. Thorndale Ave.)

The 606 is Chicago’s new elevated park! Did you know that it is easily accessible by bike from Edgewater? Come join David and Erin for a ride to this beautiful 2.7 mile path. This 17-mile round trip journey will take you from Edgewater to the 606, down the trail and back. Bring plenty of water and snacks as well as your helmet and lock.

Whole Foods Market Saturday Walk/Run/Ride (Self-Guided)

Saturdays, August 29, Sept 5 & 12

Meet Melissa at 8 am, Self-Guided Walk/Run/Bike Ride 8:15 am to 10 am

Meet at 6009 North Broadway (in front of the bricolage and outdoor eating area at Whole Foods)
Get active this summer with Whole Foods Market! Melissa from Whole Foods Market will lead the group to the Lakefront Trail. From there, you choose your activity, pace, and distance. Meet back at the store at 10 am for some free Whole Foods Market goodies.

IMPORTANT: If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP with Melissa at Whole Foods Market by email ( so she knows to expect you. **THIS IS A WHOLE FOODS MARKET EVENT**

Full Moon Fire Jam Walk or Ride

Monday, August 31

Meet at 6:15 pm / Ride or Walk from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Start at the Thorndale CTA Stop (1118 W. Thorndale Ave.)

Walk or ride with us to the Full Moon Fire Jam to view fire dancers, musicians, and more. All fitness levels are welcome. Bring your bike, helmet, lock, and lights.



Bicycling Safety 101 Workshop with Go Edgewater

Thursday, September 3
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Edgewater Library (6000 North Broadway St.)
Join Go Edgewater Ambassadors David and Erin for an interactive workshop about basic road skills, Illinois bicycle laws, helmet fitting, bicycle commuting and more!

Biking Like a Viking Bike Ride with the Swedish American Museum and North Park University

Saturday, September 5
Helmet Decorating & Viking Presentation 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Ride to Albany Park from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (return to Edgewater on your own or with the group at ~4 pm)
Meet at the Swedish American Museum Parking Lot @ Ashland & Foster
Meet Frej the Viking and get in touch with your inner viking! Join us for helmet decorating with the North Park University vikings before we embark on this 2.5-mile ride to Albany Park. Those who join will be rewarded with free ice cream, courtesy of NPU, when we arrive in Albany Park. Bring your bike, helmet, lock, water bottle.

Walk About: The Life Between Buildings

Saturday, September 12
Meet at 1 pm / Walk from 1:10 pm – 2:30 pm
Meet at the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway St.)
Join Tom Samuels, Edgewater resident and founding member of America Walks, for an entertaining and informative walk around Edgewater as we learn about reclaiming public space.

Edgewater Kidical Mass

Sunday, September 13
Gather from 10 to 10:30 am / Depart at 10:30 am for a 1-hour family bike ride
Meet at Cochran Playlot Park (5550 N. Magnolia Ave.)
Join us for a family-friendly bike ride along the quiet, residential streets of our beautiful neighborhood. Fellow resident and mom, Nicole Stemler, will lead the ride, ending at Lickity Split.

Monday Night Weekly Bike Rides with Alderman Osterman’s 48th Ward Office

Mondays, September 14, 21, 28 (no ride on Labor Day, Sept 7)
Meet at 6:15 pm / Ride from 6:30-7:30 pm
Start at the Thorndale CTA Stop (1118 W. Thorndale Ave.)
Join us and the 48th Ward Office on our weekly bike ride through Edgewater and beyond. Each week will have a special theme! Bike rides will be leisurely and end at a local shop or restaurant. All fitness levels are welcome. Bring your bike, helmet, lock, and lights.

Sept 14: Theater Ride with Alderman’s Office (Act I)
Sept 21: Community Gardens & Harvest Ride with Peterson Garden Project
Sept 28: Theater Ride with Alderman’s Office (Act II)

Lecture: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s Cable Cars with Greg Borzo and the Edgewater Historical Society

Tuesday, September 22
6:30 pm – 8 pm
Edgewater Library (6000 North Broadway St.)
Greg Borzo, award-winning journalist and author of the popular The Chicago “L” and Where to Bike Chicago, will take us back in time to the days when Chicago had the largest cable car system the world has ever seen. Join us for Greg’s lavishly illustrated presentation based on Greg’s new book, Chicago Cable Cars, and hear the fascinating story of how Chicago (not San Francisco) was the center of the cable car movement. The program will end with a free raffle of interesting and historical items.

Fancy Bike Ride

Wednesday, September 23
Ride, Dance, Picnic 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Meet at the CTA Thorndale Station (1118 W. Thorndale Ave)
Dress to the nines and bring your picnic for a group bike ride around Edgewater. We will make multiple stops throughout the community and learn some dance moves along the way. Free dance lessons (think swing, tango, ballroom) will be provided courtesy of Design Dance.

Edgewater Back to School 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, September 27
Run/Walk starts at 8 am
Start/Finish line at Rosemont and Kenmore
Get ready for the second annual Edgewater Back to School 5K Run/Walk! Celebrate our community and view historic sites along the lakefront path while raising money for 11 local schools. Registration cost: $47
This annual event is organized by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce – more information can be found on the EWCC website.

Slow Roll Edgewater & Uptown Ride: From Roots to Fruits: Exploring our Historic Landmarks and Community Gardens

Wednesday, September 30
Meet 6 pm / Ride from 6:30 pm
Start/end at Clarendon Park Fieldhouse (4501 N Clarendon Ave))
Join Slow Roll Chicago and the Institute of Cultural Affairs for a slow ride through Edgewater and Uptown, exploring the community’s historic landmarks and community gardens.
This event is organized by Slow Roll Chicago, a bicycle movement devoted to making bicycling more accessible and equitable to everyone in Chicago. Visit their website for more information.

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