It’s back! Tour de Fat, the greatest little show on earth, is about to embark on a six-city bonanza of bikes, beers and philanthropic fun. Entering its 19th season, the Tour de Fat has raised more than $5 million dollars for local bike non-profits since its inception. This year combines many favorite past ensemble acts like Sedan Halen, The Handsome Little Devils, Daredevil Chicken, and KOLARS – plus new and emerging musical talent from around the country. It’s a celebration of great beer, good people, and humankind’s most wonderful invention – the bicycle!
Come celebrate self-propelled, two-wheel travel and dress up as your alter ego while raising money for your hometown cycling community — hit the links below to see what acts are playing at a show near you.
So, get your costume ready. It’s time to shift gears and get weird.
What: Tour de Fat Chicago
When: 12-5 pm, June 30, 2018
Where: Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL
Musical headliner: Best Coast
12:30 Fire Leopard
1:30 Slow Ride
2:00 Talent Show
3:10 Dance Contest
3:45 Best Coast
5:00 Thanks for coming, get home safe!
The mission of West Town Bikes to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago's growing bicycling community. While maintaining headquarters and a workspace in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, WTB is a city-wide service provider for youth programs in the city of Chicago. The funds generated from Tour de Fat are used to develop the creativity and self-sufficiency of youth from diverse backgrounds through hands-on programs for workforce participation and civic leadership. This includes training young people in entrepreneurial and leadership skills to improve their access to a better quality of life and well-being through healthy lifestyle choices. More information can be found at http://www.westtownbikes.org/
The funds from Tour de Fat gives West Town Bikes unrestricted revenue that helps them develop innovative programs such as the Girls Bike Club and the Apprenticeship Job Training at Ciclo Urbano. The success of those programs gains the support of established funders. These financial resources are the seed money that gives WTB the opportunity to develop programs that can grow and become fruitful.