Biking in Chicago Neighborhoods

Chicago Velo is a site about Biking Chicago Neighborhoods, communities and surrounding areas. Allow me introduce myself and then we can get into it. My name is Lee Diamond and I love to ride my bike.

I love bikes in general. I love building them up, fixing broken ones, tuning them up, trying different ones, and in general geeking out on them, but most of all, I love to ride my bike. I also love beautiful architecture from the mid-century modern design of the 50s and 60s and earlier and I am passionate about Historic Preservation and I am interested in saving and documenting everything I can. I also really love Chicago. I love the diversity of the city in all ways. I appreciate the frank difference between Northside Chicago and Southside Chicago, or the West Side of Chicago. I love the different characteristics of the Chicago neighborhoods I have visited and lived in within the City of Neighborhoods. Chicago communities can barely resemble one another in some respects, but feel rooted in Chicago one and all. Amazingly enough, so do some of the collar-cities, the nearby suburbs of Chicago.

So most of all, I love to ride my bike through Chicago while digging its architecture, and that is what Chicago Velo is about.

Chicago Velo is a guide to Chicago. It is a guide to the communities in and around Chicago. It is a guide to Chicago's hidden gems of architectural splendor, its forgotten history and its secret riches. Most of the time, these spots are not really hidden from us at all, just obscured by time and neglect, and sometimes it takes someone in-the-know to help you find it. Chicago Velo is designed to be an online experience of my regular Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours and it allows me to constantly grow the site as my research, notes, documentation, photographs and experiences grow and I explore and learn about new areas of the city. I will take you with me while I learn and in the process, create a thorough photographic and narrative encyclopedia of Chicago’s neighborhoods, its built history and those who built it, free for all to use. Chicago Velo will contain hundreds and soon thousands of my photographs of different Chicago Neighborhoods and Chicago Community Areas. It will focus on classic, indiginous architectural designs and will acknowledge and commend the deserving yeoman workers cottage, as quick as it does a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. Finally, Chicago Velo will do all of this from the perspective of a Chicago cyclist, what that entails, and how to be a happy, safe, and well-prepared cyclist in the world’s greatest city, Chicago.

Cheers - Lee Diamond


Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours
Description and link to the Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tour main page.
City Central Chicago Community Areas
Overview of the City Central Chicago Community Areas, or downtown Community Areas of the Near North Side, the Loop and the Near South Side.
Northeast Chicago Community Areas
Overview of the Northeast Chicago Community Areas of Lincoln Park, Lake View, North Center, Lincoln Square, Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park and West Ridge
Northwest Chicago Community Areas
Overview of the Northwest Chicago Community Areas of Logan Square, Avondale, Irving Park, Albany Park, North Park, Forest Glen, Jefferson PArk, Portage Park, Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, Montclare, Dunnin
Southeast Chicago Community Areas
Overview of the Southeast Chicago Community Areas of Armour Square, Douglas, Bridgeport, Oakland, Fuller Park, Grand Boulevard, Kenwood, Hyde Park, Washington Park, Englewood, Woodlawn, Greater Grand
Southwest Chicago Community Areas
Overview of the Southwest Chicago Community Areas of North Lawndale, Lower West Side, South Lawndale, McKinley Park, Brighton Park, Archer Heights, Garfield Ridge, New City, Gage Park, West Elsdon, Ea
West Side Chicago Community Areas
Overview of the West Side Chicago Community Areas of East and West Garfield Park, Near West Side, West Town, Humboldt Park and Austin
Other Tours
A quick accounting, pictures and links to other tours conducted, lead, and/or authored by Lee Diamond
Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tour Registration
Registration page for Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours
Chicago Velo Blog
The Chicago Velo Blog is an instant update as new content appears at www.chicagovelo.com. Subscribe here.
Contact
Contact details and email form
Albany Park
Narrative and photographs from the bike Tour of Albany Park in Chicago, IL.
Austin
Narrative and photographs from the bike Tour of Austin in Chicago, IL.
Avondale
Narrative and photographs from the bike Tour of Albany Park in Chicago, IL.
Bridgeport and Armour Square Bike Tour
An account through text and photos of the Bike Tour of Bridgeport and Armour Square by Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours.
Edgewater Bike Tour
An account through text and photos of the Edgewater Bike Tour by Lee Diamond of Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours.
Forest Glen
Narrative and photographs from the bike Tour of Forest Glen in Chicago, IL.
Hyde Park
Narrative and photographs from the bike Tour of Hyde Park in Chicago, IL.
Irving Park
Narrative and photographs from the bike Tour of Irving Park in Chicago, IL.
Jefferson Park
Narrative and photographs from the bike Tour of Jefferson Park in Chicago, IL.
Logan Square
Narrative and photographs from the bike Tour of Logan Square in Chicago, IL.
Portage Park
Narrative and photographs from the bike Tour of Portage Park in Chicago, IL.
Uptown
Narrative and photographs from the bike Tour of Uptown in Chicago, IL.
The Intuit Eccentric Roadside Art Bike Tour
An account through text and photos of the Eccentric Roadside Art Bike Tour held in Chicago, IL on October 23, 2011.
Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tour T-shirts
100% cotton t-shirts with Ross Felten's artwork for the Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours,