• November 3, 2018, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Chicago Cycles: 150 Years of Bicycle Design and Innovation

Design Museum of Chicago

Expo 72, 72 East Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601

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Image courtesy the Design Museum of Chicago.


In 1897, Chicago companies produced more than 250,000 bikes—more than ⅔ of the bicycles made in America—and continued to be one of the major centers of US bicycle production and culture for decades. Design and innovation both played fundamental roles in the success of bicycling in Chicago, including the industrial design of the cycles themselves, the fashion design of riding clothes, manufacturing design in factories, and the graphic design in advertisements. Join bicycle historian Christopher Sweet as he explores the role of Chicago bicycle design and innovation in the broader history of United States bicycling. 

This event is free and open to the public. This venue is wheelchair accessible.