Good Times at Streetsblog Chicago’s One-Year Anniversary Pary

Walking, biking and transit fans talk transportation at Simone’s. Photo: John Greenfield

Big thanks to everyone who came out to help us celebrate our first anniversary of writing Streetsblog Chicago last night at Simone’s in Pilsen. Steven Vance and I were impressed that dozens of loyal readers braved the cold on a night when the mercury dropped to -1 F. A couple of hardy souls even Divvied with me from Daley Plaza to the bar, which has a docking station right out front, as well an on-street-bike parking corral and custom-made bike racks on the sidewalk.

We had great conversations on topics ranging from the region’s woefully under-funded transit system, to the reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive, to tips on how to dress for cold-weather cycling, which certainly came in handy that night. Several lucky attendees won Streetsblog t-shirts and bike bells, and there were free “I [heart] Bus Rapid Transit” buttons for everybody. Special thanks to Simone’s for generously donating 20 percent of bar receipts to Streetsblog Chicago, a $118 donation.

If you weren’t able to make it last night, we hope to see you at our next reader meet-up this spring — stay tuned for details.

  • CL

    Looks like fun! I’m curious to see what you all are like in person, but it was way too far for me to take public transit there in 0 degree weather… maybe next time, if the weather is nice and I can drive. :)

  • We’ve been going “around the dial” with our events, with meet-ups in Logan Square, the West Loop, and Pilsen, so it’s likely our next one will be convenient to get to from the north Red Line. That way it will be easy for you to take the train there from Rogers Park and leave your car at home!

  • Sorry i couldn’t make it, looks like a good time! I’ll try for the next one.

  • BlueFairlane

    I went to an event and met Chicagoist people once. One of these days, I’ll come harass you guys, too.

  • Please do! It may be an opportunity to meet this Chicagio person as well.

  • Pick the time, date and place for our next meetup. And double check that the bar is willing to donate a portion of the bar receipts!

  • It was quite a trek from Rogers Park, though we made an error existing the red line at Belmont and catching the 8. Should have stayed on until North and Clybourn.

  • Katja

    Looking forward to info on the spring one. Bonus points if it’s not on a Thursday.