Category: News

Working Bikes celebrates another year of growth

Working Bikes has grown tremendously since we were founded in 1999, which is reflected in our 2016 Annual Report. Learn more about our most groundbreaking year yet and the faces behind our organizational growth.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities at Working Bikes

For those who love talking about Working Bikes, we have a volunteer opportunity for you! Working Bikes will be at the 2017 Chicago Volunteer Expo on Sunday, February 26, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum from 10am-4pm. Available shifts are from 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm. For more information or to sign up for a shift contact maja@workingbikes.org. Two … read more »

On our way to shipping more bikes in 2017

Working Bikes had our first international shipment of 2017! All of our great volunteers, staff, and board members showed up on a surprisingly warm Saturday, January 21st, and packed 481 bikes, which went to Africycle in Malawi. Stay tuned for our next international shipment!

Paul Fitzgerald named Civic Leadership fellow

Paul Fitzgerald, general manager at Working Bikes, was accepted as a fellow at the Civic Leadership Academy, a leadership development program at the University of Chicago. Paul was 1 of 30 people chosen out of 150 applicants. We’d like to congratulate Paul and wish him luck throughout his 6-month fellowship!

New staff updates in the new year

Working Bikes is always excited to see our staff members grow within their roles and take on new challenges. We are pleased to announce the following promotions, effective January 1, 2017. Please join us in wishing them well in their new positions! Service & Retail Manager Cesar Meza-Duron has assumed the role of managing our service department and … read more »

Bikes for Lesotho is a labor of love

In 2012, I was troubled when learning that the estimated number of orphans in the Kingdom of Lesotho had reached 100,000.  I was a Peace Corps volunteer there from 1989 to 1992 and returned a couple times since then, seeing the growth of HIV/AIDS to the extent that it now afflicts an estimated 30% of the adult population. … read more »

Three reasons to celebrate with Working Bikes

As we approach our year end, everyone at Working Bikes would like to extend a fond thank you to our staff, volunteers, donors, customers, clients, and friends. With a week to go, we’ve already donated more than 9,100 bikes to would-be cyclists from around the globe and in our own backyard. Celebrating 17 years of Working Bikes … read more »

We’ll miss you, David!

Since February 2014, David Nasca has been an integral part of our mechanic team. He has rebuilt countless bikes with an impossibly high standard of both form and function. While we’re sorry to see him go, we’re excited to hear about his new work with Crucial Detail! Thanks, David!

Featured volunteer: Chelsea Chen

Chelsea Chen, a freelance graphic designer, never thought she’d ride a bike for the purpose of transportation. However, this changed after she moved from Orlando, Florida to Chicago in May. Chen started biking after she bought a black Retrospec bike and named it Paula. She found the experience fulfilling, being able to easily get around and explore … read more »

Working Bikes holiday hours for 2016

Working Bikes has decked the halls with bikes this holiday season. Our store hours are Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12-7 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays from 12-5 p.m. If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift for that bike lover in your life, or want to ring in 2017 with a new bike, we’ll be open Christmas … read more »