Bike Back to the 1919 Chicago Race Riots

Travel back to the 1919 Chicago Race Riots by taking a self-guided bike tour of the areas that saw much of the violence.

The route, based on a tour organized by the Newberry and Blackstone Bicycle Works last summer, starts at 31st Street Beach, where the riots began after Eugene Williams, a black teenager, was killed by a white beachgoer for crossing an invisible racial barrier in Lake Michigan. From there, you'll visit a number of sites of historical significance in the Bronzeville and Bridgeport neighborhoods.

The tour is available on the Vamonde app, where you can follow the route and, at each stop, learn about the history of Chicago's deep-seated racial tensions and how they were ignited in late July of 1919.

You can download the Vamonde app for Apple or Android devices.

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Get breakfast/lunch/dinner from one of these black-owned restaurants along the bike route:

Ain't She Sweet Cafe

Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles

Cleo's Southern Cuisine

Pearl's Place

Sip and Savor Chicago

Surf's Up Bronzeville

Truth Italian