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Graffiti and Gears Adventure Cycling Tour


Graffiti and Gears Adventure Cycling Tour

Time: July 16, 2017 from 9am to 5pm
Location: Eckhart Park
Street: 1330 West Chicago Avenue
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map: http://www.chicagoparkdistric…
Event Type: cycling
Organized By: Tom Limon
Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2017

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Total Distance Round Trip: 10, 25, and 50 Mile Options
Average Speed: 10MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop
Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks, sunscreen and a camera

We will be traversing the city on our bicycles for an art tour to visit many of the cities Murals, Graffiti Walls, and Street Art. Major points of interests include the Pilsen Mural Wall, Hubbard Street Murals, The 606 Murals, Vivian Maier Mural, The Mile of Murals, and hidden gems in between all of these sites I have been tracking.

Once we arrive Logan Square we will receive an in depth tour from Gabriel Carasquillo  AKA FLASH of the ABC Crew (Artistic Bombing Crew), he began posting and documenting Chicago Graffiti’s culture. Two years later in 2005 he would become the Moderator for Chicago Graffiti Forums, a site used by schools and universities as a place of reference for students learning about the history of Chicago Graffiti. Today, the site gets 1 million visits a year. His Graffiti photo collection has over 35 years of Chicago Graffiti and street art. His photos have appeared in Roger Gaston’s History of American Graffiti and other graffiti publications. His block letters can be found in “CRACKDOWN 2” a video game by Ruffhouse for X-BOX 360. 

For the past five years Gabriel Carasquillo has curated “Project Logan” a permission wall which rotates various artistic styles of Graffiti. Most recently, he was invited to participate in the inaugural creation of the 606 Chicago Graffiti Garden Arena. Both projects serve as a visual record of an ever-changing community and the evolution of Graffiti. Another one of his loves is riding bicycles with the Classic Cruisers an old school beach cruiser club out of Humboldt Park. 

Other well-known artists work we will visit throughout our adventure are as follows

Banksy (I may know where there is still one left)
Hebru Brantley
JC Rivera
Nikko Locander
Etc. (Too many to mention)

Date: Sunday, July 16th 2017
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

A Donation will be made to West Town Bikes. Please donate what you can afford.




Start Time 1: 9:00 am Eckhart Park - 1330 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60622

Start Time 2: 11:45 am West Town Bikes - 2459 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Start Time 3: 2:30 pm Chicago Mural - 2226 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL. 60647

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Comment by Tom Limon on July 14, 2017 at 1:13pm
Surprise Announcement! There is a very special bonus activity for anyone who donates online for the Graffiti and Gears Adventure Cycling Tour West Town Bikes fund raiser. Thanks to Stas Developments you will be granted special access inside St. Bonafice Church (1358 W. Chestnut St. across from Eckhardt Park) to get a rare glimpse at the vast grafitti art throughout the church walls. St. Bonafice Church was saved from the wrecking ball to be converted into a music school and housing. Here is a link to the complete story.

Rules to enter inside...

- donation must be made before the end of the day Saturday 7/15 via the online links below
- pre-ride viewing will be allowed from 8:00 am to 8:30 am Sunday 7/16
- you will need to sign a waiver before entering the church
- unlike the promotional photo I took, bikes won't be allowed inside the church. We will have someone watching everyones bikes outside while you visit inside
- The second floor will be off limits and you must stay within the taped off area

Online donation links:




Thank you for your generosity!
Comment by Tom Limon on July 12, 2017 at 7:41am
Hydration, Snacks, and Lunch for the Graffiti and Gears Adventure Cycling Tour. Please be sure to bring plenty of water for hydration, there will be opportunities to refill your water bottles along the route. It's always a great idea to pack snacks to munch on along the way. There will be time alloted at West Town Bikes to eat a quick lunch before we start the 2nd segment of the tour.

In an effort to conserve time we will have the The Empanada Bike stationed at West Town Bikes from 11:30am to 12:30pm offering delicious Empanadas. They accept cash/credit/debit. The Empanada bike's food is hand made and baked daily...

Meat Empanadas:
jerk chicken
bbq chicken
picadillo beef

Vegetarian Empanadas:
black bean(vegan)

Mexican Coke & Topo Chico

You are certainly also welcome to pack a lunch and bring it along will you.

Miko's Italian Ice is also near Project Logan and we may have time to stop there if anyone is interested in a refreshing treat.

Donation Links for West Town Bikes Fundraiser:



Comment by Tom Limon on July 11, 2017 at 7:44am
Greetings from Chicago! The 3rd mystery starting point isn't such a mystery after all. I have chosen the Greetings from Chicago Mural!

Here are additional details about the 3 Starting/Meetup Points for the @Graffiti and Gears Adventure Cycling Tour

Start Time 1: 9:00 am Eckhart Park - 1330 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60622

- St. Boniface Church
- Hubbard Mural Wall
- Some New Art Factory
- Pilsen Mural Wall
- Vivian Maier Mural
- West Town Bikes
- Additional Graffiti and Murals in-between above locations

Start Time 2: 11:45 am West Town Bikes - 2459 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

- Paseo Boricua
- Humboldt Park
- 606 Murals
- Project Logan
- Greetings from Chicago Mural
- Additional Graffiti and Murals in-between above locations

Start Time 3: 2:30 pm Greetings from Chicago Mural - 2226 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL. 60647

- The Garden Dirt Jumps
- North Channel Trail
- Ravenswood Murals
- Bike frame fence of Rogers Park
- Sculpture Yard
- Mile of Murals
- Additional Graffiti and Murals in-between above locations

Donation Links for @West Town Bikes Fundraiser:




More info to be released in the following days.
Comment by Tom Limon on July 10, 2017 at 7:30am
We are less than 1 week away to take part in a West Town Bikes fund raiser: The Graffeti and Gears Adventure Cycling Tour.

Please repost the event and share with other bike clubs as a ride option on Sunday July 16th. Unsure you can make the ride, feel free to donate and still enjoy the Art filled social media posts that will occur the entire day. There are 3 different route segments, anyone can mix and choose the distance(s) they want to tour on. Tomorrow I will start posting important daily communications leading up to tour day. This will answer most people's questions on the following topics...

Route Information (The mysterious 3rd start time/location will be announced)
What To Bring
Last Minute Announcements

Donation Links:



Comment by Tom Limon on June 27, 2017 at 7:51pm

I have decided to turn the Graffiti and Gears Adventure Cycling Tour into a fundraising campaign for West Town Bikes.  I have set up three donation amounts so people can donate what they can afford. If you have used their shop or tools in the past (I know I have), know someone who has, or wants to help support their youth programs this will be a great way to pay it forward and join in on a fun ride.

Here are the links to donate and register. If you can’t make the ride but still want to give something you can also use any of these links.




I am working out a route with 3 points cyclists can join in on the ride to offer various distances.  This ride will be slower paced than a typical Adventure Cycling Tour to allow us to accommodate all riders and types of bikes and to take in the art.  No matter your skill or type of bicycle you own you will enjoy this ride. More details related to the route segments to come soon.

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