This year sucks. This year's Slaughterhouse is no exception! We can't bear to cancel it and break our 26-year streak, but we've scaled it way back because we want to keep everybody safe and set a good example. To that end, this year is pretty much nothing but riding, riding, riding. If we're riding at a safe distance and wearing our safety gear, and keep masked-up and distant at meetups and rest stops, that's about as safe as we can be. Or at least as safe as a regular Slaughterhouse.
Barring a total shutdown of Chicago, we will meet for rides on Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening. The ride lengths and locations vary so you can pick whichever you're interested in, then just show up, sign a waiver, and ride. BE ON TIME for the rider meetings and come with a full tank. WE WILL LEAVE ON TIME, we don't want to spend time standing around in groups when we don't have to.
Come a bit early, with a full tank of gas to register and/or pick up your patch. If you've already registered at an earlier ride, be there on time for the ride meeting and LISTEN to instructions. WE WILL LEAVE ON TIME, we don't want to spend time standing around in groups when we don't have to. Bring sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and water. Probably in separate containers would be best, if you mix it all together it won't work. Please check the facebook event page for any last minute event/schedule changes!
City Night Ride (22 miles)
Gas up before arriving!
8:15pm Rider info and announcements
8:30pm Depart from Humboldt Park Fieldhouse,
1440 N Humboldt Dr., Chicago.
ROUTE: From the FIELDHOUSE (not boathouse, not the Cultural Center!) we'll take Grand to Damen through lower west side. Loomis into Bridgeport, 31st to LaSalle north through Chinatown, Clark to Lower Wacker to Lake Shore Drive, Exit LaSalle to Stockton through Lincoln Park, Wrightwood to brief stop in Party City parking lot, 1755 W Fullerton. Join team Darren (adventure ride) or team Bryan (wussy ride) for the short final leg to Jewel-Osco, 2940 N Ashland Ave. We should arrive around 10:30. Get a snack at Jewel or fast food in the area and regroup in the northeast corner of the Jewel parking lot for late-night safe-distance parking-lot hangs.
'Works to 'Works West Suburban Ride (60 miles)
Gas up before arriving!
10:00am light breakfast served outside Motoworks Chicago,
1901 S, Western Ave,, Chicago. Motoworks is open only by appointment. Do not crowd around Motoworks, move to cul-de-sac across street ASAP, spread out, and observe social distancing rules.
10:45am Rider info and announcements in cul-de-Sac ACROSS WESTERN from Motoworks
ROUTE: West from Motoworks through the west side, then follow the Des Plaines River south to La Grange/Countryside. West on 55th to Plainfield Rd. to Willowbrook, then north on Garfield. Rest stop around 1:30pm at York Woods (Harger Road entrance). Gas up at York and Butterfield. East on Butterfield to Washington to 25th in Maywood. North to Franklin in Franklin Park, west to York, North to Irving Park, east past O'Hare Airport, then through northwest side of Chicago to Scooterworks.
Arrive around 4pm at Scooterworks Chicago, 5410 N Damen Ave., Chicago. br> Scooterworks will be open for business, but please be respectful of Covid recommendations and others' personal space while socializing/browsing/shopping.
Escape to Lake County (53 miles)
Gas up before arriving!.
7pm Rider info and announcements
7:30pm Depart from Jewel-Osco,
4042 W Foster Ave, Chicago.
ROUTE: Follow Darren deep into the north shore, zigzagging through subdivisions and golf courses to Lincolnshire, then across the uncharted frontier of Lake/Cook Road to Deerfield, back south via the Skokie Lagoons to the Baha'i Temple, then down Sheridan through Northwestern University and Evanston. (there will be a gas stop halfway, but no long rest stop.)
Ends at White Castle, 5940 N Ridge Ave., Chicago for late-night parking-lot snacks.
Nothing planned. We figure 130 miles of riding is enough for you, but if there's interest, we can throw together another ride. Stay tuned to the Facebook page.
THIS IS NOT STURGIS. WEAR A MASK. No ifs, ands, or buts. Keep safe distances, respect people's space and health. Don't touch people's stuff. Use hand sanitizer. Don't show up if there's ANY possibility you're sick. This is all common sense and if you question or doubt any of it, please stay home.
SAFE RIDING is more important than ever this year. Even a small injury could put you at risk in the hospital or at urgent care. Ride safely, make sure your bike is in top condition, and wear all the gear you have. We highly recommend a full-face helmet, armored jacket, jeans, sturdy shoes/boots, and gloves, even if it's hot and sunny. As a bonus, gear may help protect you from the Ronny. At a bare minimum, humor us and wear a half-shell, face mask, eye protection, and decent shoes.
If things get worse before Labor Day and stay-at-home orders and/or curfews are renewed, we will observe them and cancel events as necessary. Check the facebook page for last-minute schedule changes and announcements. "Scooter Time" does not affect this year, we will stay on schedule. Come a bit early with a full tank of gas to register and/or pick up your patch. If you've already registered at an earlier ride, be there on time for the ride meeting. WE WILL LEAVE ON TIME, we don't want to spend time standing around in groups when we don't have to.
Please familiarize yourself with these Motorcycle Safety Foundation guidelines for group riding, Illinois motorcycle laws and Chicago scooter parking laws. Note that all motorscooters including 50cc models ARE considered motorcycles in Illinois and must follow all motorcycle laws. Pay close attention to pre-ride directions about blocking, formations, and regrouping locations. We will do our best to keep the group together, provide clear directions and route/contact info, and offer help to breakdowns. Large groups of motorcyclists in Chicago have stirred up ill will with police and residents lately, so again, listen carefully, things will be different this year. If you do break down or get lost, just stop somewhere safe, get out of traffic, and call the help numbers announced before the ride. We'll send someone to help, or give you directions to the next checkpoint.
Rides are held at "scooter speeds." Motormocyclez, mopeds, etc. are welcome if you can safely keep pace with scooters.
Again, folks, there's a Travel Order in place. Observe that or don't come. Probably just don't come. It's not worth it. We love you, we miss you, but we don't want to put you at risk, and vice versa. If you love Slaughterhouse and want to support it, PLEASE buy a patch, you'll be supporting a charity we love and you'll be here in spirit.
The small but ridiculously important type: This rally is organized by a loosely-knit and ever-changing group of volunteers who do it for your enjoyment in the spirit of the long tradition of reciprocal hospitality across the worldwide scooter culture. Please understand that the individual organizers, sponsors, and venues accept no liability for damage, theft, loss, or injury on behalf of the rally. By participating in this event, you've chosen to accept accountability for any risks incurred.
Ride responsibly! This is not the year for jackassery. Ride safely, be responsible, or don't come.