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There was a recent discussion on business that block bike lanes.  How about one that covers businesses that go out of their way to accommodate cyclists?

 

First up - I'd like to nominate  Delaware Dental at Delaware and State.  They are a very nice husband and wife practice that takes all kinds of insurance.  They're on the third floor, but it is not a problem to take your bike on the elevator.  There's a room within the practice to keep your bike, and no one bats an eye when I show up on two wheels in my bike gear.


Defying all stereotypes, my doc doesn't ride a $13,000 Pinarello.  In fact, he's not a cyclist at all.

So who else wants to recommend a business where you are not treated like a criminal for wanting to bring your ride inside, or like a child molester for wearing bike clothes?

 

 

 

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The venerable Ranalli's on Lincoln Avenue (it was kind of hip back in the 70's). When the owner saw me locking my bike to a rack, he invited me to stand it against the wall behind the host's stand and promised to watch it for me himself. I meant to praise him here but forgot to do so, so thanks for the reminder.

By the way, I thought dentists rode Serottas.

REI in Lincoln Park

The meatbags make their return after almost a year!

H3N3 said:
Maybe he meant "look" as in "gape,", "gawk," "stare?"

 


 

Steven Vance said:


Sidebar: To the original poster, why're you saying that wearing "bike clothes" (whatever these are) makes someone look like a child molester?


 

Oh no, it's spreading to other threads!

Davo said:
The meatbags make their return after almost a year!
Gaudi Cafe on Ashland & Erie let me park my bike inside when I forgot my lock.

Uncommon Ground, two great organic restaurants with their own roof-top garden give a discount to people who bike:

 

"Biking and walking to the restaurant

We encourage all of our employees to travel via eco-minded ways whenever possible, and offer customers who do the same a 10% Low Carbon discount."

 

http://www.uncommonground.com/

 

I live a block from that Dunkin and I've never eaten there. I think I'm going to try this at the end of my next ride. Nice tip.

Ryan L said:
The Dunkin' Donuts on Broadway just south of Foster has always let me ride my bike through the drive through and they often give me extra stuff for free.
Chick-fil-a has a button for bikes when you order and go through their drive thru.
Agreed, but the discount is for very off hours.

April said:

Uncommon Ground, two great organic restaurants with their own roof-top garden give a discount to people who bike:

 

"Biking and walking to the restaurant

We encourage all of our employees to travel via eco-minded ways whenever possible, and offer customers who do the same a 10% Low Carbon discount."

 

http://www.uncommonground.com/

 

Interesting . . . the Chicago Cycling Club used to hold meetings there (10+ years ago) and it was clear we were tolerated at best (that's being generous). Glad to see the change in attitude.

April said:

Uncommon Ground, two great organic restaurants with their own roof-top garden give a discount to people who bike:

 

"Biking and walking to the restaurant

We encourage all of our employees to travel via eco-minded ways whenever possible, and offer customers who do the same a 10% Low Carbon discount."

 

http://www.uncommonground.com/

 

Wishbone (at least the location on Lincoln) also offers a bicycle discount Mondays-Thursdays.
I parked inside Pot Belly on Elston near Logan last summer. I had forgotten my lock and the place was slammed for lunch, but the folks at the counter were really cool.

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