Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture
October 27th 2018 – March 3rd 2019
Chicago Tribune: From banana-seat Schwinns to Divvys, new exhibit puts Chicago's bicycle culture on display
Streetsblog: Design Museum of Chicago Exhibit Looks at the Cultural History of Local Cycling
Newcity: Bicycling By Design: Looking at Chicago’s History as a Center of Two-Wheeled Transportation
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Just before the turn of the century, the popularity of the bicycle in America was at an apex and Chicago-based manufacturers shops were producing the majority of American-made bicycles.
However, in just a few years the industry was a shell of its former self, as consumer focus shifted to cars, planes, and surviving the Great Depression. Keep Moving explores how bicycle design in Chicago contributed to the early popularity of bicycles in America, their survival through the 20th century, and their resurgence today.
Keep Moving is presented as part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Additional support for this exhibition comes from the Chicago Community Trust. Curated by Lauren Boegen.