Celebrate Streetsblog Chicago’s First Anniversary at Simone’s on February 6

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Custom-made bike racks at Simone’s. Photo: James Bursa

We’ve had a fantastic first year at Streetsblog Chicago, and we hope you’ll come celebrate our anniversary with a reader meet-up on Thursday, February 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Simone’s Bar, 960 West 18th in Pilsen. Our meet-ups are a great opportunity to hang out with other folks who are passionate about improving conditions for walking, biking and transit. Check out the event on Facebook or our Google Calendar to add it to your own.

Simone’s is one of the city’s most bicycle-friendly taverns. They installed their own custom-made bike racks on the sidewalk years ago, and last summer the bar got an on-street parking corral and a Divvy station. The futuristic décor is made from repurposed laboratory equipment and they have tasty food and a great craft beer selection. Cash bar; complimentary snacks while they last, plus free Streetsblog and Grid Chicago (our old transportation news website) stickers, buttons and posters, including our new “I [heart] Bus Rapid Transit” buttons.

By transit, ride the Pink Line to the 18th Street stop, and then catch a #18 bus or walk a mile east to the bar. Or, if you enjoy winter cycling, meet me at the Picasso sculpture at Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington, at 5:15 p.m., departing promptly at 5:30 for a three-mile pedal to the party. Of course, if you take a Divvy bike on the ride (there’s a large station at the north side of the Daley Center), you’ll get rock star parking, right in front of the bar. Whatever mode you choose, we hope to see you there!