No Chicago content, but I know it sometimes seems the cars are all out to get us, so I thought it useful to point out a nice bike/car interaction out west. This comes from a post on the internet BOB Google group.
Out with friends yesterday on a long gravel grind. About 20mi north of
town, in a remote area, one rider suffered a frame break at the
BB/DT junction. As we pondered what to do next, a local resident from
one of the local ranches happened by [driving his car] and offered to
help. So he drove off to his ranch (a few miles away) to get his
pick-up, came back, loaded up our friend and his bike and drove him
back to town. How cool is that?
Even better--I caught up with our busted-bike-buddy at the after-ride
party. The rancher got him home fine and refused to take a few $$$ for
gas money. He just wanted to help.