Bicycle Diaries: The Polk-Obama Ride!

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The Polk-Obama Ride!

a sneak preview

The most eagerly anticipated Chicago Critical Mass ride of the year is nearly upon us: the 9th Annual January Polka Ride! The tradition began back in January 2000 with a ride to the old Baby Doll Polka Club near Midway Airport. The Polka Ride has steadily grown over the years, with 45 cyclists pedaling to the Baby Doll in 2000, and now typically draws hundreds of riders. After the Baby Doll closed a few years ago, the ride has found a new home at Lincoln Lanes in Lincoln Square.

Like all Chicago Critical Mass rides, the Polk-Obama Ride will meet at Delay Plaza (Dearborn & Washington) at 5:30pm on the last Friday of the month, 30 January. Critical Mass routes are proposed and voted on by riders according to the simple rules of anarchy. A route will be proposed to Lincoln Lanes, at 4874 N. Lincoln Ave., where the Polkaholics will begin playing at 8pm.


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