Pedal Oak Park, an annual event, is on Saturday, October 9th.  Beginning at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave.  Visit their site for schedule, maps, tickets, and more info at or call 708-848-1976.  This event is exercise for your body and for your creative spirit as you pedal around looking at some of FLW’s beautiful architecture.

Another biking event is on Sunday, October 10th from 9:30 – 11:30am at the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher in River Forest.  It’s the Autumn Bike Ride on the Salt Creek Trail, a guided tour for adults and families (no training wheels, please).  Call to register and get directions to the starting point, 708-366-6530 or

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