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Steelworkers Pilgrimage Cycling Tour

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The Spoke & Bird (South Loop)

205 East 18th Street

Chicago, IL 60616

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Join Biketropolis on a full immersive cycling tour and learn about and explore the life of steelworkers of the past.

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First, ride south to Steelworkers Park to explore the Ore Wall archeological ruins of the U.S. Steel South Works and artifacts of the Acme Coke Plant. Then head over the Ewing Avenue bridge and pass by the smallest cemetery in Chicago housing the tomb of Andreas von Zirngibl, who helped defeat Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo and lost an arm for the cause. Pedal over to Calumet Park and visit the James P. Fitzgibbons Historical Museum, which is chock-full of photos, memorabilia and antiques curated by the late Mr. Fitzgibbons, who was a steelworker from 1929 through the 60s and a founding member of the Southeast Chicago Historical Society. The next stop is the Illinois-Indiana state line obelisk, one of the oldest monuments in Chicago, located near the entrance of the preserved facade of the State Line power plant. On the next leg of the tour, you'll bike through Wolf Lake Memorial Park and witness the contrasting landscapes of industrialism and nature, then head down to the Marktown Historic District—once a master-planned steelworkers' factory town established in 1917. On the return trip, visit the Republic Steel Sculpture and Memorial Day Massacre site and the commemorative plaque honoring those who lost their lives during the struggle for steelworkers' rights. Throughout this tour, you'll find sculptures and monuments, along with several industrial bridges that were and still are instrumental arteries.

Distance: Approximately 40 miles round trip

What to Bring: reliable bike, lock, hydration, snacks, camera, cash for food, spare inner tube/patch kit, and binoculars (if you own a pair).

Date: Saturday, April 4th, 2020 or Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Time: 8:30 am to 5:00pm

Cost: $35 (Includes donation to the James P. Fitzgibbons Memorial Museum)

Departure Location: The Spoke & Bird - South Loop - 205 E 18th St.

Lunch: Comfort Roast Coffee House and Cafe - 1423 119th St, Whiting, IN 46394

Distance: Approximately 40 Miles Round trip

Average Speed: 10-12 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.

Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop

Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks and a camera

Points of Interests include…

- The Spoke & Bird - South Loop - 205 E 18th St. (Start Location)

- South Shore Cultural Center

- Steel Garden Sculpture - Richard Hunt

- Steelworkers Park

- U.S. Steel South Works Plant Ore Walls

- A Tribute to the Past Monument - Roman Villarreal

- ACME Coke Plant Artifacts (1905)

- The South Works Deep Geological Study - Stella Brown

- Ewing Bridge (1914)

- Grave of Andreas Von Zirngibl (1797-1855)

- 95th Street Bridge (1958)

- Calumet River Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge (1912)

- PRR & NYC Lift Bridges over Calumet River

- East Chicago Steel Mills

- Southeast Chicago Historical Museum/James P. Fitzgibbons Historical Museum

- Illinois-Indiana State Line Boundary Marker Obelisk (1838)

- State Line Generating Plant Facade (1929)

- Wolf Lake Memorial Park

- Marktown Historic District (1917 - Present)/Architect Howard Van Doren Shaw

- Republic Steel Monument/Memorial Day Massacre Monument

- South Shore Cultural Center

- The Spoke & Bird (End Location)

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The Spoke & Bird (South Loop)

205 East 18th Street

Chicago, IL 60616

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