How a bike shop in a shipping container revitalizes historic Chicago neighborhood

You may not know it by looking at the old shipping container, but the Bronzeville Bike Box is part of an effort to revitalize this historic area.

“It generates a certain amount of energy on the streets and on the sidewalks of people coming through and enjoying different businesses. People are usually pretty excited to see us and realize it’s a resource in their community,” Bike Box Manager Samantha Scipio said.

The Urban Juncture Foundation that created the Bike Box has already opened a jerk chicken place and has plans for several other businesses in the area.

The Jerk Shack, The vegetarian restaurant, the produce store. They will kind of feed off of each other in bringing more people into the neighborhood. So I’m coming here for a ride, I’ll stop at the produce shop. I’ll stop at the jerk shack and kind of build that way,” Scipio said.

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