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Black Transport Project, Commuters Take Action, and more

Bikes aren’t cheap—but neither is public transit! If you or someone you know is a Black trans person in Chicago looking for a free bike, sign up for one through the Black Transport Project. BTP begins reviewing applications October 1 and will be supplying bikes on a rolling basis. When your name is drawn, you have five days to respond and coordinate pick-up before the bike is given to someone else. Bikes are located in Bridgeport. Questions about the application or selection process can go to maguilar@wellesley.edu. (MC)

Speaking of public transit, I think all us regular transit riders can agree CTA has gotten wildly unpredictable. We’re paying the same money for worsening service. What’s up with that! And when CTA finally admitted they’d reduced running the Blue Line (spoiler: the train I take the most often) to 50-55 percent of its regular schedule without updating the schedule after spending over a year blaming service interruptions on COVID-related staff shortages—wow, that really got my blood boiling! If you’re like me and looking for something to do with that anger, check out Commuters Take Action. This community watchdog group was formed to force city council to take action and improve CTA’s reliability. Instagram is the best way to keep up with their in-person protests, but through their Linktree, Commuters Take Action offer a variety of ways to support the cause, like reporting a ghost bus or train, contacting officials directly, and more. (MC)

Monday Night Foodball serves a clucking delicious menu tonight with the help of Wisconsin’s Avron Farm, a Ripon proponent of regenerative agriculture that can often be found selling their wares at the Green City and Wicker Park farmers’ markets. Tonight from 6-9 PM, join Reader senior writer Mike Sula and Kedzie Inn owner Jon Pokorny as they host Avron, who will offer a menu including chicken and waffles, jumbo pasture-raised chicken wings, and fried okra. Walk-ins welcome on this one; see you soon at 4100 N. Kedzie. (SCJ)

Schubas (3159 N. Southport) presents a free and 21+ Chicago hip-hop infused show tonight as part of their 100% Off series. Reader senior writer Leor Galil tuned us in to the evening’s headliner, Stranded Civilians for his show preview last week. The local duo self-released their latest mixtape, Obsidian, in February, which Galil says is “a joy to listen to, powered by a youthful euphoria that makes it one of the best Chicago hip-hop releases of the year.” Check them out along with openers Mugen! the Human and Linda Sol, starting tonight at 8 PM. (SCJ)

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