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Chicago Bike Winter Art Show

The 18th installment of the Chicago Bike Winter Art Show kicked off on Friday, February 6 and continues through Friday, February 27.

The art show offers a great opportunity express your love of bikes while supporting Chicago artists by purchasing one of the many excellent bicycle-themed pieces for sale.

This year's event takes place at Genesis Art Supply and features a wide variety of artwork, including paintings, photographs, prints, laser etchings and sculptures.

Friday's kickoff party was highlighted by a contraption of welded-together bike parts (and miles of bicycle chain) that you could set in motion by pedaling. The upper level of the gallery featured a performance art piece where a couple repeatedly put on and removed all the clothing necessary to bike in winter weather. There was Revolution beer and Heritage coffee to drink, food trucks serving tasty treats outside, and many of Chicago's most colorful bike community members on hand.

If you missed the kickoff party, fear not. There are more opportunities to take advantage of this special event. A movie night takes place on Thursday, February 19, from 7-10pm. The closing party is scheduled for Friday, February 27 from 7pm-Midnight.

Genesis Art Supply is located at 2525 N. Elston. The art installation is open to the public during Genesis' regular business hours.
See more photos from the Bike Winter Art Show opening party.

Photography by Ronit Bezalel, Staff Photographer

About the Author

Brett Ratner ( began commuting by bike in 2005. Shortly thereafter, his interest in cycling expanded to century rides, bike camping and trail riding. The competition bug bit in 2012 and nowadays he races cyclocross, track, mountain bikes, criteriums and gravel for Half Acre Cycling and The Bonebell. His goals for 2015 are to complete the Lumberjack 100 mountain bike race as well as a 600 kilometer brevet.


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Comment by Greg Valent on February 12, 2015 at 11:39am

Maybe it was the venue, but, this year's Art Show seemed to be a lot more 'arty' than in years past. I hope that doesn't mean that we're, horror of horrors, maturing !?!

Comment by Greg Valent on February 12, 2015 at 11:37am

The cycle-like 'contraption', with miles of chain, is actually a pedal powered can crusher. It was demonstrated throughout the night with empty Rev-Brew cans from the balcony.

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