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Store Report: Heritage General Store

October 8, 2014

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Although the states are far behind our European counterparts, the two-wheeled commute has taken hold stateside.  Chicago is no exception with the amount of people traveling via bike increasing exponentially over the last few years.

Similar to a lot of cities across the country, both large and small, Chicago has taken hints and worked to endorse commuting by bike.  Through the addition of bike lanes to the city’s expansive grid along with a fully functional bike share program, the windy city has fully embraced a greener commute.  While this is just the start, and many will tell you it can be much better (more bike lanes, less pot holes), it’s eons ahead of where it was only a few short years ago.  Today you’ll see more than bike messengers on the street navigating traffic.

Meeting the growing demand is Heritage General Store.  Located on Chicago’s north side in Lakeview, Heritage subscribes to the program of doing things locally and doing them well.  One part bike shop, one part coffee shop, similar to other places who blend the two, this marriage makes sense.  Rooted to the neighborhood, the shop (both coffee and bike) is welcoming and offers a selection of cycling products and apparel on top of Stumptown brews.  There is neither fuss nor pretension.

While the atmosphere is casual and comfortable, the bikes aren’t just for decoration.  They’re meant to be ridden and are built to not only to survive city streets, but four seasons in Chicago, which is no joke.  Fabricated further uptown, each bike uses American steel for the frame with all the final welding and assembly done locally.  And while everything is done within a Chicago area code, they’re also fully customizable.  Given the price point and purpose, this makes total sense for a city with an increasing cycling community.

Visit Heritage General Store at 2959 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL  60657

Heritage copyright 2014 The Standard Edition

Heritage copyright 2014 The Standard Edition

Heritage copyright 2014 The Standard Edition

Heritage copyright 2014 The Standard Edition

Heritage copyright 2014 The Standard Edition

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