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Pullman And Roseland Community Bike Ride Mixing History And Halloween Fun This Weekend

The ride will feature stops at notable Pullman and Roseland locations, such as Roseland's Old Fashioned Donuts and the Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site.

The Pullman National Monument in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago on August 26, 2021.
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PULLMAN — Community leaders are re-launching a fall community bike ride through Pullman and Roseland.

Saturday’s Pullman/Roseland Neighborhood History Ride will see participants take a group bike ride to stops at significant locations on the Far South Side, where there will be narrated history lessons. 

Participants will gather 10 a.m. Saturday at Pullman’s Arcade Park, 11132 S. St Lawrence Ave. The ride starts at 11 a.m., organizers said. 

Tracy Murray, the regional business coordinator for the Calumet Area Industrial Commission, one of the groups behind the event, said she hopes to get community members interested in local history through the bike ride. 

“We’re gonna highlight some of the developments that have taken place here in Pullman,” Murray said. “We just really want the community to just get engaged.”

The bike ride is organized by corridor managers for the Michigan Avenue and 111th Street Invest South/West project and racial equity nonprofit Equiticity. Main Street America, the Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives are also involved.

Participants can bring their own bicycle or register for free online to reserve a Divvy bike for the length of the event, which will last about two and a half hours, Murray said. People 16 and under need to be accompanied by an adult to receive a reserved bike. 

The event, which is Halloween-themed, will also have refreshments and a costume contest with a $100 prize for the best costume. Halloween-themed bike decorations are also encouraged, organizers said.

The ride will start at 111th Street and Cottage Grove, with the first stop to be the Pullman Community Center. Old Fashioned Donuts, Pullman Artspace Lofts and the Pullman National Monument will also be featured.

“There’s a lot of history here and each year, we’ll do a different route,” Murray said. “They can learn about the history of the different places in Pullman [and Roseland], and it will take some time for you to explore all of it. It’s a good way to engage the community, support our small businesses and a fun way to exercise.”

The event will also have resources for riders from the Calumet Area Industrial Commission and other groups involved in the bike ride.

Murray said she hopes the community bike ride, which is returning for the first time since before the pandemic, can be held annually like it was previously.

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