To our first Quick Cycle News. Newsletters. Sheesh. They can take some time to write. And they can get long. There’s always so much good news and hype to share. But in the effort to keep y’all more consistently informed and engaged with some of the most excellent stuff we got going, we’ll supplement our current bi-monthly newsletter with a bi-monthly brief update.
These will be quick, non-comprehensive peaks at some cool things we’ve been doing, are doing, will be doing with some dashes of fun and education mixed in. These Quick Cycle News will be framed inside of our core values: Welcome. Adventure. Volunteer. Educate. Just a little bi-monthly w.a.v.e. to y’all.
It is the expansion of transport without a corresponding growth of perception that threatens us with qualitative bankruptcy of the recreation process.
Recreational development is a job not of building roads into lovely countries but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind.
Aldo Leopold - The Sand County Almanac
As bicyclists in the Out Our Front Door community, we celebrate our ability to recreate and transport ourselves while working to open our riders' perception and appreciation of the place we are rolling through. “Building receptivity” as one of our heroes, Mr. Leopold, put it so elegantly.
We work to expand the reverence folks have for our native habitats through teaching and immersing in the beauty and stories of our region. It is an honor and delight to do this work. And it gives everything we do a celebratory vibe.
What better way to learn than being in a celebratory, . . . .
Summer Bike Camping is Here
We are in the midst of summer. And that means so much time riding bikes ideally in some beautiful native habitat maybe even near the lake and even better, with some friends! OOFD has a lot of that going on right now.
We've already rocked 4 bike camping trips (3 over the last 3 weekends), and we have 13 more to come! So CHECK OUT OUR REMAINING RIDES HERE. There is something for everybody from a 20 mile camping trip to the epic
Here is breakdown of one of the loveliest rides we at OOFD have put together to date. It is a long time dream come true. Check out what's happening day by day. Get your tickets here. $375 Early Bird. $450 Regular. $250 for OOFD Volunteers. There are options to cut out one or two of the days if you can't make the full 5 days happen though it is one standard price regardless.
All camping and most meals provided. For 5 days! Crazy affordable compared to other rides of this caliber, and all proceeds, as always, go to support the most excellent mission of our 501c3 non-profit org.
Day 1 - Thursday, July 7, 2022
It is the Thursday after the 4th of July weekend, and you are in that pure summer mode. All you want to do is be outside, on your bike, in the sun, near or in the lake, ideally sleeping outside. So you make a short work week even shorter, you take off Thursday and Friday (maybe even Monday too). Instead of making the commute to the office or over to your home desk this morning, you ride your loaded bike for likely the longest bike camping trip of your summer. OOFD’s first ever SWMI ride to South West Michigan. Pronounced “Swimmy” because there will be plenty of swimming.
We meet bright and early at 12th Street Beach near Chicago’s Museum Campus. You roll up to a small herd of bike adventuring folks that have that giddy, first day of a long vacation feeling buzzing in them. Some of y’all maybe even jump into the lake, that oh so beautiful and sweet lake of ours. Because that is what this loooong
Hootenanny numbers are in! We had over 100 folks in attendance with 107 tickets sold (67 in advance, 40 at the door), not to mention the 16 volunteers that were present to make the event happen. Crushed our goal of getting 70 folks out.
Our fundraising goals were to spend $2000, raise $6000 to come out $4000 in the green. Smoked those goals by spending less and raising more! We brought in $6832 and spent $1312 for a total of $5520 brought in to OOFD! More than $1500 over our goal.
I totally forgot to turn on the fun meter at The Hideout, but I’d venture to say we would have broken it. Because damn that was fun and that was goal #1. Such a good time. And it's all thanks you all y’all for helping hype it and get folks out and generally making OOFD a community that folks want to be a part of and show up for and support.
So proud of us and that’s just one event that didn’t even include bikes or camping. Now here comes the real deal, a season of bike camping!
Hootenanny Fundraiser This Sunday
Out Our Front Door is hosting our first in-person fundraiser in over two years! This time at one of the best spots in Chicago, The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia). Come out and help us celebrate the coming bike camping season. All ticket and raffle proceeds go to supporting OOFD’s mission of immersing and educating in local history and nature via bike adventures.
With the entry fee, you get:
Out Our Front Door is hosting our first in-person fundraiser in two years! Come out and help us celebrate the coming bike camping season. Tickets include live music, a drink special and all-you can eat chili mac (with veggie and vegan options). Early bird tickets are $30 and $35 at the door (tickets here). We’ll be raffling some sweet prizes as well. All ticket and raffle proceeds go to supporting OOFD’s mission of immersing and educating in local history and nature via bike adventures.
With the entry fee, you get:
During the event, we will have raffle prizes from super generous businesses around the city many of which are our beloved local bike shops who always show up huge for OOFD and our mission. Raffle Prizes will include
The Real Deep Why
Yes. It is to party with excellent people and kick off the season in fine fashion. But the real deep why is to support the OOFD mission to lead bike adventures to immerse and educate in local nature and history. The proceeds of the event will go towards us going our programming including our Youth and Adaptive Programs this year and into the future which will help us become an even more excellent local bike camping non-profit here in very own City in a Garden, Chicago.
We can’t wait to see y'all there! Tickets available in advance here.
Welcome to the 2022 Ride Release
The 2022 rides are live! Check them out and sign up here.
We plan to sell out most or all rides this year, so it's definitely best to sign up sooner than later. As of March 11, we have already sold 26 slots.
This year is gonna be something special. We are rolling with the usual line up of rides with a few exciting additions. We are launching the SWMI ride which will be a 5 day tour from Chicago up into South West Michigan, and we'll be doing a trip to Reinberg in Palatine in the summer as well as the winter.
Welcome to OOFD 2021! Goodness, we cannot wait to open that collective front door and start bike camping again with y’all. We patched together a ragtag year last year going from over 300 participants in 2019 to 62 in 2020. But not complaining at all. We had a lot of time to reflect and work on big, next level ideas. Two major things happened in 2020 for OOFD.
Welcome to OOFD 2021. Our 5th year just ended on Oct. 31, and we wrapped up our yearly board retreat which usually happens at a cabin at a Cook County Forest Preserve. This year we rocked the retreat online with some safe bonfiring and bike riding mixed in. If you didn’t know, the OOFD board is really something special, and if you haven’t connected with one of us, please do here.
Part of the amazingness of this 2020 board is that we came up with a 5 year plan. We are very enthused with what we have pulled off thus far including bringing over 300 folks bike camping in 2019.
"To immerse , educate, preserve & advance the history, culture, trails and native habitats of the Lower Lake Michigan Basin Area"