2018 EVENT DATES
*** THE 2nd WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH ***
** MAY - SEP **
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
COME GRAB A COFFEE AND HANG WITH US.
NO RSVP IS NECESSARY. JUST BRING THE GOOD VIBES!
MORE ABOUT #TheMotoSocialCHICAGO
With our vision set on building community and building camaraderie, we've joined forces with our friends Chris Force, Laura Heidenreich and Juan Hernandez to bring TheMotoSocial to Chicago. We could not be more stoked! Chris, Laura and Juan will be our local community hosts and will continue hosting #TheMotoSocialCHICAGO on a monthly basis throughout the season. We'll be kicking off the season with our first event on Wednesday May 8, 2018, so spread the word & come hang with us! EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Bike or no bike. GOOD VIBES ONLY!
We're MORE ABOUT THE PEOPLE.
MOTORCYCLES ARE THE COMMON THREAD.
Our vision for #TheMotoSocialCHICAGO is the same as all the other cities. "To build community and to build camaraderie." Since the beginning, we've worked hard to create an event that was more about the people than the bikes themselves and an event that helped people connect with one another. We wanted to create an event that made our big cities feel a bit smaller and got people excited about seeing one another. Having hosted TheMotoSocial in Toronto now since 2013, we're starting to see new friendships forming, as well as a real positive shift in the culture of our Toronto community. There's a real sense of unity being felt across the city and we want to create that environment in every major city around the world. That's really what we're all about and what we're hoping to cultivate in Chicago.
CHRIS, LAURA & JUAN
COMMUNITY HOSTS of #themotosociALCHICAGO
I’m a magazine publisher & editor and write about design and travel. Years ago on an impulse, I purchased a cheap bike online and rode alone across the country. I’ve been hooked ever since. When I’m not working on my own magazines I write about motorcycles and moto-travel as a recurring contributor to Revzilla’s Common Tread. I have wrangled my way into riding bikes all around the world, some of my favorite trips have been riding the length of Vietnam with Laura & Juan, taking a sport bike over an unpaved volcano switchback in Indonesia, and circling rural Thailand. I’ve worked extensively with Harley-Davidson, Indian, Triumph, and Ducati and dig making new friends to ride and travel with. When I’m not traveling, writing, or taking photos I spend a lot of time trying to keep my dog from eating my socks, Googling “lowest carb beers,” and running a media company with Laura.
I moved to Chicago 14 years ago and love calling it home, but that doesn’t keep me from exploring and traveling whenever and wherever I can, which thankfully, is quite often. Having a career in media has lead to some amazing travel opportunities, Chris and I usually find some time to hop on a motorcycle and ride wherever we go. I grew up around motorcycles and my first bike was a 1982 Suzuki GS550. I've been riding for about 5 years now, one of my first big trips was riding across Vietnam and led me to meet the amazing people of Toronto and TheMotoSocial. My sister and I have rode to Babes Ride Out several times, and have met some amazing people through it. Building an even bigger community of friends and riders in Chicago and beyond is so exciting and I can’t wait to be a part of TheMotoSocialCHICAGO!
Born in Mexico and raised in Chicago (Chi-xican), I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world. After seeing that scooters are the primary mode of transportation in many countries, I bought a Bajaj Chetak 150cc back in 2001. Seventeen years and 14 bikes later, I still can’t satisfy my appetite for exploring on two-wheels. I try to make every ride an adventure, whether it’s a day trip to Wisconsin on a Scrambler or a trek across India on a Royal Enfield. When I’m not on a bike — or behind a camera documenting my travels — I’m a visual designer for Northwestern University, and I’m always looking learn new things from the motorcycle community.