Chicago’s shelter-in-place has drastically affected many local businesses. Retail shops can’t sell their goods. Restaurants and bars can’t serve patrons. Even bookstores have shuttered their doors in effort to slow the spread of the virus. But back when officials were deciding which businesses were essential or non-essential, an interesting thing happened: bike shops were given the greenlight to remain open. Since bikes are considered a form of transportation, businesses are able to continue to serve their communities. So if you’re in the market for a new set of wheels or need a quick tune up, here are some Chicago bike shops, ready to help you out!
Village Cycle Center
The nation’s largest bike store is open for business. You can shop online or talk to an associate over the phone if you have questions. To help shoppers stay safe, they’re offering curbside or store pickup. Village is so busy right now, they’re hiring full and part-time employees for bike mechanics and sales associates. Fill out an application here.
This women-owned establishment is open for bike repairs only. If you need to schedule an appointment, you can text (872) 216-6564 or call (773) 728-5212. Uptown will work with you to arrange curbside pickup. Check out their list of products in stock that can help you keep cruising Chicago streets safely.
Kozy’s Cyclery Megastore
For over 75 years, Kozy’s has been Chicago’s premier bike store. They’re operating under a “Locked Door Admission policy” which means they’ll let in 2 to 3 customers at a time. Others will need to wait outside or stop back later. Of course, you can order online, opt for in-store pickup, curbside delivery, or local delivery.
As the go-to for new and used bikes, this Logan Square favorite has been in the two-wheeler biz for almost two decades. They’re open during quarantine but have a system in place to minimize interaction. The folks at Boulevard are doing their part. This is a statement on their website, “Even if you are feeling fine, behave as if you might be unknowingly carrying a potentially deadly virus.”
Located in West Town, this full-service neighborhood bicycle shop is open normal hours but customers are not allowed to browse in-store right now. You can arrange to test ride bikes before purchase but you’ll need to order online. If you need your bike tuned up, this Chicago bike shop is still accepting repairs.
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