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Lakeside Velo Works

Bike racer, coach and luxury pet goods mogul Emanuele Bianchi may be tilting at windmills with his dream of building the $45 million Chicago Velo Campus, an indoor velodrome and multisport complex, on the desolate former U.S. Steel factory site on the blue-collar Southeast Side. But maybe not. This summer Bianchi and his colleagues opened the Lakeside Velo Works, a temporary wooden racing track and training center at 8615 South Burley. Following a busy racing season, this winter they’re launching indoor fitness and mechanics classes for local underserved youth and trying to raise $500,000 to enclose the existing velodrome.

Lakeside Velo Works
8615 South Burley

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