Heritage General Store
Chicago got its own little slice of Portlandia when our first combination bicycle store and cafe opened in Lakeview last January. Michael Salvatore’s beautiful, airy emporium is a headquarters for all things stylish, locally produced and politically correct, and that’s a very good thing. The shop features classy city bikes handmade in Chicago, cycling gear by hometown brands Nonetheless, Winter Session and Po Campo, plus beans from PDX’s Stumptown Coffee and pastries from Southport Grocery. Heritage also hosts weekly bicycle rides, bike-in movies, and visits from food trucks, and the city recently converted parking spaces out front to a “People Spot” mini-park.
Heritage General Store, 2959 North Lincoln, (773)245-3005, heritagebicycles.com
Audience choice: Working Bikes Cooperative, 2434 South Western, (773) 847-5440, workingbikes.org
Best of Chicago 2012