Oak Park, Illinois
For six years, I have lead tours through over 25 different communities out of Chicago’s 77 different community areas, growing in number each year. One of the most frequent questions I receive is when was I going to do a suburban tour? The simple answer is: October 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM
I am proud to partner with the BBC (British Bicycles of Chicago) to bring you an architectural and historical bike tour of the Village of Oak Park, our first venture into the ‘burbs, to be followed by one new suburb a year and the beginning of their rotation in the overall tour schedule.
With a population of over 50,000, it is one of the largest municipalities in the state. It is the perfect suburb for architecture fans. It boasts the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings anywhere in the world, as well as a stunning array of Prairie School buildings and wonderful Victorians from other architecture luminaries such as E. E. Roberts, Charles White Jr., John Van Bergen, Tallmadge and Watson, and George Maher. The village boasts one of the most densely packed tours we have ever offered.
This tour would not have been possible without the help of Garth Katner of the BBC and without our inspiration from Philander Barclay, a bike repair shop owner who cycled the city taking photographs of the buildings and people of Oak Park and River Forest. First he began collecting photos in the 1880s and by 1902 started taking his own pictures, many of which are now in the collection of the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. He is the perfect muse for this venture.
Not all of our rides are scheduled in advance. Please watch the OPCC listerv for announcements of impromptu rides, especially around weekends and holidays.
We also support our members who ride in charity events and other rides. The listserv is the best place to find out about upcoming events.