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New Belgium's Tour de Fat Chicago


New Belgium's Tour de Fat Chicago

Time: July 12, 2014 from 10am to 5pm
Location: Palmer Square
City/Town: Chicago, IL
Website or Map:
Event Type: bikes, beer, bemusement
Organized By: West Town Bikes and New Belgium Brewery
Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2014

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Tour de Fat is back for a 15th year
and better than ever!

All proceeds will go to local bike non-profit,
West Town Bikes!

Order tickets via Eventbrite
BUT it's still free!

If you donate through Eventbrite, you benefit West Town Bikes AND receive some sweet Tour de Fat schwag.

This year marks the 15th season for Tour de Fat, which will travel to 10 cities across the U.S. These day-long festivities are free in every city, but the proceeds from beer sales and pre-registration donations go to local non-profits.


10:00 a.m.

Ride Times:                         

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m. — Fashion! (Best Costumes of the Tour de Fat)

12:20 p.m. — The Reals Band

1:10 p.m. — The Slow Ride Race

1:35 p.m. — The Handsome Little Devils

2:30 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade

2:45 p.m. — Mucca Pazza Leads to Stage Stage Yo-Yo Show

3:55 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest – winner receives a New Belgium cruiser bike!

4:20 p.m. — Los Amigos Invisibles

5:05 p.m. –– Finale

Watch this space for further developments!

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Comment by Mary Kate Norton on July 11, 2014 at 5:23pm

Hmm... question: the dance contest - do we need to sign up separately for that?

Comment by Julie Aberman (Hochstadter) on July 10, 2014 at 2:15pm

The Chainlink could use a hand from 3:30-5 at Tour De Fat.  If you can help post here or email volunteer at

Comment by Michael Young on July 10, 2014 at 2:03pm

Hope to see everyone this Saturday.  Please help promote the event through whatever channels you have.  Some text if you want to copy and paste:

"Tour de Fat is West Town Bikes biggest fundraiser of the year and it's a blast.  The money raised goes directly towards supporting our youth and community programs.

Tour de Fat as described by New Belgium is "A Ballyhoo of Bikes and Beer that connects people with bikes, music, art and community, while having a good ol' time."

It is a free festival held in Palmer Square (2201 N. Kedzie Ave.) that New Belgium puts on to support local non-profit cycling based organizations that are running youth and community development programs.  Los Amigos Invisibles and Mucca Pazza are headlining and there are lots of other bands and performances that all ages will find entertaining.  The festival is great for the whole family."

You can find out what we are up to by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Comment by globalguy on July 9, 2014 at 5:47pm
Another Awesome Update about ...
Even More Tour de Fat Events this Week!
Starting Tonight ...
* Tour de Fat Kick-Off Party *
Links Tap Room
1559 N. Milwaukee Ave.
July 9, 2014
7 p.m.
Links Tap Room is extending the day of bikes, beer and bemusement into a week-long celebration. There will be tappings of New Belgium's La Folie, Gruit Ale, 3 Floyds Collaboration Gratzer, FOCOllaboration and Snapshot Wheat. Chance to win VIP passes to Tour De Fat

*Volunteer Party*
Happy Village
1059 N. Wolcott Ave.,
July 10, 2014 | 7 - 9 p.m. 
Drink Fat Tire, Snapshot Wheat, Ranger IPA, Shift Pale Lager and Blue Paddle for just $3, try your shot at a New Belgium cruiser bike giveaway and there will be chances to win Tour de Fat VIP passes.
Comment by Bikefreeek on July 7, 2014 at 11:47am

Tour de Fat is this coming Saturday, 7/12, and New Belgium is still looking for someone to trade their car for a bike! If you're still considering divorcing your car here's a perfect opportunity. 

In every Tour de Fat city, one brave role model will step on stage to trade in his or her car keys and pledge to live car free for one year. The winning applicant will get to build their perfect car replacement bike with the shop of their choosing. New Belgium will award the swapper $2,250 total to spend on a bike and accessories.


Comment by globalguy on June 24, 2014 at 5:47pm
Just one of the T-Shirts
to choose from this year!

Comment by globalguy on June 16, 2014 at 2:33pm
We Still Have  BIG NEED for

Especially the MUCH coveted Shift B from 1:30pm to 5:00pm where you can dispense the even MORE coveted Wristbands (involves checking IDs) and Beer Tokens (involves taking $$$ and basic mathematics).


Just register here and don't forget to sign up for ID's & Wristbands (Shift B: 1:30pm-5:00pm) or Beer Tokens (Shift B: 1:30pm-5:00pm)!!!!!

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