- 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
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.