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Fun Meetup at Baderbrau Last Night, See You Next Month at Lagunitas

Baderbrau founder Rob Sama gave us a tour of the brewery. Photo: John Greenfield

Steven and I had a great time hanging out with Streetsblog Chicago readers and Go Bronzeville members last night at our reader meetup at Baderbrau brewery on the Near South Side. Big thanks to Ronnie Matthew Harris, who leads the Go Bronzeville's work promoting transportation options in the neighborhood, for co-hosting the event with us.

We sampled Baderbrau’s tasty craft beer and took an informative tour of the historic brewery building, located at 25th and Wabash, led by brewery founder Rob Sama, an old college friend of mine. We also had a lot of good conversations about transportation issues in the area, and I picked up a story idea or two that I’ll be reporting on in the near future.

Photo: Hsuan-Hui Hu, Go Bronzeville

We’re going to continue holding our reader meetups in various parts of town and co-hosting them with local groups that promote sustainable transportation. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 2, from 6-8 p.m. when we’ll be convening with members of Go Pilsen at Lagunitas Taproom, 2607 West 17th.

Lagunitas can be accessed via the California Pink Line station or the #49 Western bus stop at Western and 16th. There’s a Divvy station by the California stop. I plan on biking there after that afternoon’s Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council meeting, which takes place from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall in room 1103 and is open to the public. Drop me a line at jgreenfield[at] if you’re interested cycling from the Loop to the brewery around 5 p.m.

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A 25th Ward community bike ride, co-hosted by Go Pilsen. Photo: Go Pilsen

The taproom has a huge beer selection and a full kitchen menu, so it's likely a good time will be had by all. I’m looking forward to meeting more Streetsblog readers and Go Pilsen folks and learning more around transportation issues in the area.

RSVP for next month's event on Facebook if you like.

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