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Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, The Big Marsh, and ACME Coke Plant Cycling Tour


Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, The Big Marsh, and ACME Coke Plant Cycling Tour

Time: November 12, 2017 from 8am to 5pm
Location: Spoke & Bird
Street: 205 E 18th St, Chicago
City/Town: Chicago, IL
Website or Map: http://www.adventurecycling.t…
Event Type: adventure, cycling, tour
Organized By: Tom Limon
Latest Activity: Nov 11, 2017

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We will begin our journey from The Prairie Avenue District (The Spoke & Bird) where George Pullman’s massive family residence once stood and then pedal our way to The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum located across from The Pullman Wheelworks Factory. The Randolph Pullman Porter Museum contains a permanent collection displays exhibits which are pertinent to the study of American Labor History with a specific focus on the African-American contribution to America’s labor history of the Pullman Company, as it relates to the labor history of African American Railroad employees. 

We will then bike through The Historic Neighborhood of Pullman. Pullman was built in 1880 and was the planned model factory town where employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company lived and worked. George M. Pullman’s Town today still contains the Pullman Administration Building and Clock Tower, The Hotel Florence, The Green Stone Church, The Pullman Mural, and home to the newly installed former President Barack Obama and George M. Pullman Murals.

We will then head over to The Big Marsh which is 278 acres of open space sharing its past with Big Steel and the unique natural history of the Calumet region. Big Marsh creates a new legacy of outdoor recreational biking and public space stewardship.

If time permits we will bike past and get up close to the abandoned ACME Coke Plant which was constructed over the years 1905 through 1929. The Acme coke facility mainly consisted of two oven batteries, containing about 50 separate ovens inside each, as well as 15 brick buildings and a wooden quenching tower and is the backdrop of the Big Marsh.

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Cost: $20 (Includes admission into The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum)

Registration Link:

Departure Location: Spoke & Bird (205 E 18th St, Chicago, IL 60616)

Total Distance Round Trip: 40 Miles

Average Speed: 10-12 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.

Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop

Gear: bike, lock, helmet, warmer clothing, hydration, snacks and a camera

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Comment by Tom Limon on November 11, 2017 at 12:03pm
Unfortunately with the weather not looking favorable for tomorrow, I’m sad to announce we will be postponing the Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, The Big Marsh, and ACME Cycling Tour.

I spoke with a few key people involved with putting this together and we want all riders to enjoy the entire experience.

I will get back to everyone in a couple weeks to see if there will be a window of opportunity to reschedule this soon. I’ll keep everyone posted as usual.

Thanks for understanding.

Comment by Tom Limon on November 10, 2017 at 7:28am
Final Ride Announcements!

Tour Registration Link:

Please check the weather reports and dress accordingly, it looks like we may have some sporadic rain and it could be a little cold. I’d check a satellite view the night before to determine what to expect and wear since we will primarily be riding in the south. There is also a Metra Electric train options from the 111th Street/Pullman Station if you are not up for the ride back so please check the schedules here (bring a couple of bungee cords to secure your bike)

Arrive early at the starting point if you want to grab a coffee or something from the Spoke and Bird, during that time we can also check the air pressure in your tires.

The official starting point is...

Spoke and Bird (South Loop) - 8:00 am
205 E 18th St
Chicago, IL 60616

Below are two other places you can meet up along the way if you'd like to wait for us there.

South Shore Cultural Center - 9:30 am
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60649

A. Randolph Porter Museum - 10:30 am
10406 S. Maryland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628

We will have some coffee waiting for us courtesy of the Arthouse at 12:30 pm and The Empanada Bike will be there during this time which makes this our lunch stop.

11311 S. St. Lawrence Ave
Chicago IL 60628
United States

Bring lights, helmet, water, lock, layered clothing, extra cash, etc.

If your interesting in purchasing a Labor Past book from JB Daniel at the Arthouse, please bring cash. There are two versions of the book.

$5 smaller softcover booklet (24 pages).

$40 slightly larger hardcover (26 pages).

He will also be accepting PayPal payments if that’s more convenient.

Thank You

Comment by Tom Limon on November 6, 2017 at 7:19am
Adventure Cycling Tours first stop on the Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, The Big Marsh, and ACME Coke Plant Cycling Tour will be the National A Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, where we will take part on a private tour of the museum.

Here is some additional information about the museum on their resource packed website.

The Adventure Cycling Tour registration fee includes your entrance into the Museum, there are only a few spots available.

Registration Link:

Please visit and follow the museum’s Facebook page to keep informed of news and events at the museum.

Once we complete our visit of the Museum we will pedal over to the center of the Historic Neighborhood of Pullman to explore the architecture and art of this amazing area.

Thank You,

Comment by Tom Limon on November 3, 2017 at 7:16am
I have an exciting announcement!

We have generously been invited to warm up with some coffee at the Arthouse. As we pedal through Pullman, we will meet with resident artist JB Daniel the creator of the secondary landscape “Labor Paste” tucked in and around The Pullman National Monument and Neighborhood. He also just released a new book titled “Labor Paste” and will have some books available on hand.

The Empanada Bike ( will also be meeting us at the Arthouse to offer vegan and non-vegan food options.

Adventure Cycling Tours Registration Link

Labor Paste Book Info

Labor Paste Website

Thank You


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