Riders head west from the Infant Jesus of Prague School parking lot at the start of the 2023 Bike the Gem ride. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
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Bikes and artisans this weekend in H-F

June will begin with two annual events, the Homewood Art & Garden Street Fair and Flossmoor’s Bike the Gem community ride.

The Art & Garden fair opening day is Friday, May 31, from 4 to 9 p.m.

More than 70 artisan vendors are expected for the two-day event, selling handcrafted craft and art items, from jewelry and candles to furniture and small batch foods.

Live music on Friday will feature Big Weekend at 4 p.m. and Not My Dad at 7 p.m. On Saturday, June 1, the fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day’s performers will include Fifty-One Lincoln Band at 10 a.m., The PriSSillas at 1 p.m. and Southside Soul Kings from 4 to 6 p.m.

There will be activities for kids and a variety of food trucks at the event.

Bike the Gem will be back on June 1, giving cyclists a chance to ride more than half the Hidden Gem Half Marathon route.

Riders head west from the Infant Jesus of Prague School parking lot at the start of the 2023 Bike the Gem ride. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Riders head west from the Infant Jesus of Prague School parking lot at the start of the 2023 Bike the Gem ride. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Flossmoor’s Future sponsors the ride, and organizers stress that it’s a community ride, not a race. Healthy riders aged 9 and up can ride the nearly 8-mile course.

Registration and check-in will start at 10 a.m. in the Infant Jesus of Prague School west parking lot at Flossmoor Road and Douglas Avenue. The ride will begin at 11 a.m.

There’s also a ride for accompanied youngsters that covers the last miles of the Gem route beginning at 11:15 a.m.

The community ride will finish downtown followed by a party on the deck of Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, including the annual introduction of the Hidden Gem beer.

All riders must register in advance at bit.ly/bikethegem24 and must wear a helmet and sign a waiver. No unaccompanied minors will be allowed to ride.

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