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Skokie Bike Network's Tails from the Trails- July 14 at noon at Sketchbook!

Skokie Bike  Network's Tails from  the  Trails will  be back! We had  a tremendous storytelling show last July at Sketchbook in  Skokie.!3m1!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x880fcf38f9d036e1:0x95ffbdbddd41fea5!8m2!3d42.0327111!4d-87.7498633!16s%2Fg%2F11j6dr806g?authuser=0&entry=ttu

We will be back on July 14.  In the  next  few weeks we will  post more  information.  We will be soliciting bike riders to submit their stories.  We  will  review submissions and  pick stories to be told at Sketchbook on July 14 at noon.  

In the meantime, what  can  you do? Start thinking about the  crazy, funny, scary, touching things that  have  happened  to you and  your bike. Start thinking about  how to  craft that vignette or  quip or  dinner table comment into a  story. If  you want to go to a brew pub that is right off of a trail and  easy to access from the  city to hear some bike themed  stories but  don't want to get  up  on  stage and tell a story all you  have  to do is mark your  calendar that you have  a destination  for your morning ride on July 14.  

To some of you,  we can't wait to read  and then  hear your stories. To  the rest of you, cheers! we will  see you on the 14th of July.

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Hello Chainlink and Chicago area cyclist. We are open for submissions. They are due on June 2. You have plenty of time to work on your story. Here is some more information and some guidelines for submitting your stories to tell in our show:

The Skokie Bike Network’s “Tales from the Trails” storytelling event returns in 2024 with more stories by local cyclists. The theme for this year’s event is “Bike Intelligence: What I’ve learned (or not) while riding a bike.

We are calling for submissions of short personal narratives of no longer than 1000 words (7-8 minutes, max) that may include a song, or a poem on what you have learned or experienced while riding a bike. We ask that your work be original and true to the best of your memory.

Your story, poem or song will be presented by you – live – at the Sketchbook Tap Room & Brewery in Skokie Sunday July 14th between noon and 2 pm. Whether this is your first attempt at telling a story or you are seasoned pro, you are encouraged to submit and participate.

This is intended to be a positive event for storytellers and the audience. Language should be family friendly – PG-13. While we welcome accounts and reflections on life’s difficulties and struggles, we encourage humility and humor.

We are introducing a new art form – Baiku (pronounced “bi-koo” like haiku for the bike). These are short poems or passages that are short and sweet.

Example of a Baiku

Did I tighten that?

No, I certainly did not.

And now, down I go.

­Submission Schedule and Procedure

The schedule for submissions, review and the event is as follows:

Monday, April 1: Open for submissions

Sunday, June 2: Submissions due

Monday, June 17: Announcement of storytellers

Sunday, July 14: Show – 12-2 pm

Please send inquiries and submissions to the Skokie Bike Network at


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