CHICAGO — The North Branch Trail Alliance of Greater Chicago will tour cyclists through Northwest Side artistic and architectural landmarks for its fourth and final public ride of the year Sunday, organizers announced.
The "cultural gems" ride kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Samuel Gompers statue at the intersection of Foster Avenue and Pulaski Road. Riders will make for Mayfair, where they'll hear a presentation on historic bungalows from Jim O'Reilly, president of the North Mayfair Improvement Association.
They'll then head to Edgebrook to hear an insider's history of the Neighborhood Connection Project at Lehigh and Kinzue avenues, a sweeping mosaic project that turned a crumbling viaduct into the largest outdoor mural on the Northwest Side.
Riders will continue to suburban Niles for a tour of Native American road landmarks, and they'll end with pizza and beer at Barnaby's restaurant around 5:30 p.m., organizers said.
"Our statement of purpose is to show the cultural, dining and shopping opportunities that are, in many cases, just a ¼-mile or ½-mile off the trail," Charlier said.
Just as with previous rides touring breweries and farmers markets, riders should "bring money and be prepared to spend it" Sunday, Charlier said.