The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, a three-day event where wounded veterans and service members join to help overcome their ordeals and support one another, will be coming through the Landmark’s coverage area again on June 21, the first day of the 2018 Chicago Area Soldier Ride.
Soldiers will kick off the bicycle ride at 9:30 a.m. at Thatcher and Chicago avenues in River Forest and wind their way through Oak Park, Forest Park, North Riverside, LaGrange Park and Brookfield before concluding their ride by entering the South Gate of the Brookfield Zoo and pedaling to the Discovery Center.
Residents are encouraged to come outside and encourage the riders as they pass by.
The caravan of veterans on bikes will make their way into North Riverside south on Desplaines Avenue from Cermak Road at about 11 a.m. They’ll turn west on 31st Street and will pedal all the way to Kemman Avenue/Grand Boulevard, which they’ll reach by about 11:25 a.m.
The bicyclists will then travel southeast on Grand Boulevard to the Veterans Memorial Circle, where they’ll arrive at about 11:30 a.m., before heading eastbound on Washington Avenue to Golf Road and then north to the zoo’s South Gate. Riders are expected to reach the zoo by 11:40 a.m.
Ladder trucks from the Riverside and Brookfield Fire Departments will form an arch from which a flag will hang. Riders will pass under the flag as they enter the zoo.
— Bob Uphues