September events at the Chicago Lincoln Park REI include last minute marathon training tips and where to go for upcoming fall colors. Hard to believe it is almost fall, but the return of football gives us the heads up that foliage will soon be changing.
Click on REI’s Lincoln Park page for more info on the seminars, to book a spot, and to confirm location. All seminars are in the community room, which is located on the second floor unless otherwise noted.
Four-Star Bike Tour
Explore Chicago during the city’s longest-running bike ride Sunday, Aug. 28.
Take a spin through Chicago’s neighborhoods for the Four-Star Bike Tour on Aug. 28, 2011. Choose from four fun and scenic routes (12-, 22-, 35- and 62-miles) that take you through lush parks, historical architecture and famed landmarks during Chicago’s longest-running annual ride. Our 12-mile route participants can also sign up for our Safe City Cycling to get a bike check, rider leader and biking in traffic instruction. Registration includes an event T-shirt, access to rest/water stops and the post-ride festival with live entertainment, food and Goose Island beer. Save $5 online with coupon code REI5.
When: 08/28/2011 06:30 AM
Donate Old Sleeping Bags to Help Those in Need: 8/2 – 8/28
There will be donation boxes in each Chicagoland REI Location until August 28th where you can donate new or gently-used sleeping bags to benefit Chicago’s North-Side Latin Project.
When: 08/28/2011 10:00 AM
Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga with Kayak Chicago !
Whether you are a first-time paddler or seasoned athlete, practicing yoga on a stand-up paddle board can enhance your workout and achieve overall whole-body fitness.
When: 08/28/2011 01:00 PM
REI staff will teach you about the different types of kayaks and selecting the right kayak for you. Discuss how to stay safe on the water In addition, learn about PFD’s, paddles and other gear. We will also talk about local paddling destinations.
When: 09/06/2011 07:00 PM
Personalized Bike Maintenance
If you have already taken the REI Bike Maintenance Basics class and want to learn more about your bike, then join us for this program. This class (6 participants max.) will take place in the Bike Shop with a REI Certified Bike Tech(s). This is an open forum style class where customers can bring in their own bikes. Participants can ask questions and the techs will answer them while using the bikes and tools. So come with questions, and take your next step into the world of bicycle repair.
When: 09/08/2011 06:00 PM
Cost: $45 – member $60.00 non-member
Chi Running with Ultra- Marathon Runner Danny Dreyer
Chi Running combines the inner focus and flow of T’ai Chi with modern physics to create a revolutionary running technique that reduces pain and effort and increases joy, focus, and mental clarity. Whether you are an injured runner or hiker, new to running, a competetive athlete, or recreational runner or walker…energy efficient and injury free running can help. Led by Founder and Ultra- Marathon Runner, Danny Dreyer, this event will focus on the benefits of using the Chi- technique in both your running and your life.
When: 09/08/2011 07:00 PM
REI Lincoln Park is Hiring!
REI Lincoln Park is Hiring! Applications are being accepted for review from September 11th through October 1st.. REI Lincoln Park is currently looking for motivated, outdoor enthusiasts to work as Sale Specialists and in Frontline Operations. People love working at REI because it’s a place where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while enjoying a work-life balance. Another reason is that REI is a co-op. Rather than thinking quarter to quarter, we can take the long view and focus on what’s best for our members, while conducting business in a way that’s socially and environmentally responsible. We’re crazy about enjoying the outdoors, and we’re just as committed to leaving it in good hands for future generations. If that sounds like the place where you’d want to work and the kind of people you’d like to work with, please take a closer look at what we have to offer. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply follow the link below and choose “Apply: REI Retail” on the right. On the next screen, select the state (Illinois). Open positions will post on September 11th.
When: 09/11/2011 10:00 AM
Bike Maintenance Basics
If you ride a bike, you need this class! In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience necessary.
When: 09/15/2011 07:00 PM
Local Fall Hikes
Everyone can enjoy a hike in the fall looking at the reds, oranges and yellows of the season. Join us for a program on some of the best in the Midwest. Learn about local trails that are great fall hiking destinations.
When: 09/20/2011 07:00 PM
In this show-and-tell session REI will take the mystery out of backpacking. We will cover the basics of backpacking gear, including how to choose the right pack and select the proper clothing and footwear to keep you comfortable. Come and learn how to get started in this fun activity. No experience necessary.
When: 09/22/2011 07:00 PM
Hike & Seek
This family event is a great way to spend a Saturday morning going on a hike and taking part in some fun family activities. While on a short hike, kids will take part in 5 interactive nature activities hosted by volunteers and naturalists. For each station kids complete they will receive a naturalist badge. Return to Basecamp after the hike for more activities, wildlife exhibits, photos with Ranger Rick, and more. REI will be on-site to highlight tips and tricks on how to prepare for a hike. Light snacks will be provided, but be sure to bring a water bottle for everyone in the family. Registration is required online or at the event. Visit hikeandseek.org for more information and advanced registration.
When: 09/24/2011 09:00 AM
Cost: See Event Details
Light and Fast Backpacking Basics
Do you want to try backpacking but worry about carrying a heavy pack? Or are you a backpacker who wants to lighten your load? An REI backpacking expert will provide excellent tips on lightweight backpacking techniques. We’ll cover shelters, backpacks, food choices, and fuel efficiency to help you go light and fast on your next trip.
When: 09/26/2011 07:00 PM
Final Tips for the Chicago Marathon
Our presenter, Coach Mark Buciak, QCC (PB: 2:30) has completed 54 career marathons including 31 Bostons and 7 Chicago Marathons will share his Top 11 Tips for preparing and running your best marathon. This free seminar will help every runner from the first time marathoner to the seasoned veteran. Bring your family and friends as the seminar will also give tips on how to best watch the race and cheer on your favorite runner. Coach Mark is an REI Footwear Specialist and the Program Director of THE ROAD TO BOSTON Training Program and Running Camps. For more information visit Coach Mark’s website at: www.theroadtoboston.info.
When: 09/27/2011 07:00 PM
Map & Compass Basics
This class is aimed at the newcomer to map and compass. We will cover the basics such as understanding map symbols, orienting the map and compass, triangulation, declination adjustment, and reading terrain features. Participants are encouraged to bring their own compasses. No experience necessary.
When: 09/29/2011 07:00 PM