For a variety of reasons (Bureaucratic! Acquisitional!) your friendly comrades have decided not to offer used bikes for sale. Fear not, thrifty customer, we’re here to help you on that path! Below is a list of nonprofit organizations that fund their mission work with the sale of used bicycles. They receive bicycles as donations, repair them, and sell them to fund their missions. These organizations are doing great work varying from youth programming to community bicycle repair space right here in Chicago. They also accept bicycle donations, so if you’re looking to replace an old bike, bring it along and donate it to give it a new life.
Blackstone Bicycle Works
Sales are held on Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm.
6100 South Blackstone Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Blackstone Bicycle Works is a youth education program of the Experimental Station. In the context of a full-service bike shop dedicated to promoting ecological practices and empowering youth, Blackstone teaches mechanical skills, job skills, and business literacy to boys and girls from the underserved Woodlawn neighborhood and Chicago’s broader south side.
The Recyclery Collective
Sales are held on Saturday mornings from 10am until noon.
7628 N Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60626
The Recyclery Collective seeks to build community through the restoration of donated and discarded bicycles. We share resources and knowledge in order to support an affordable, independent, and sustainable mode of transportation. In this spirit of education and mutual aid, we encourage discussion about how our transportation choices affect the health of our communities and our environment.
The over-arching goals of West Town Bikes are to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago’s growing bicycling community. While maintaining headquarters and a workspace in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, WTB is a city-wide service provider for youth programs in the city of Chicago.
Open Wednesday – Sunday during the warmer months.
2434 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
Working Bikes gives donated bicycles new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.