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Working Bikes Cooperative, YA novel The White Darkness, and Nightwood restaurant

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click to enlarge Working Bikes Cooperative - KEVIN WARWICK

Brian Morgan, artist represented by Jackson Junge Gallery, with work at the Winter Bike Art Show closing March 9 at Gala Gallery, is gearing up with:

Working Bikes Cooperative My spring project is already under way despite Old Man Winter's last-ditch efforts to prove he's still in charge. I love resurrecting old Chicago-made bikes. I've got a Monarch tandem from the 50s (dubbed "The Stout" due to its beerlike coloring) and a Schwinn American circa '65. When I need parts I head to Working Bikes Cooperative at 2434 S. Western. The shop is dedicated to "diverting bicycles from the waste stream in Chicago by repairing them for sale and charity."

These folks have bins upon bins of roughly sorted parts for you to dig through. Prices are cheap (I recently found some vintage pedals and an old seat for $9). You can buy a good sturdy rebuilt bike in its entirety too. They've got cruisers and road bikes, and at the moment there's even a three-wheeler just itching to be turned into a mobile food cart.

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