Chicago Region BMW Owners Assoc. boasts over 250 members... the largest and most active BMW Motorcycle Club in the region. Meeting on the SECOND Thursday monthly, 7:30 pm 'til 9 pm at Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126.


April 21, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm..*Hot Dog Ride-South


April 21, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm..*Hot Dog Ride-North


April 27, 2014 ..*Spring Kickoff Ride


April 28, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm..*Hot Dog Ride


May 02, 2014 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm..*First Friday at Hanes'

Joe Sjostrom

Two Rides; One Day

Lukes of Lake BluffOur activities committee has again arranged TWO hot dog destinations for our ride on Monday, April 21. Both are conveniently located along Illinois Route 43--but about 100 km (62 miles) apart! Pick the one you like best!

Luke's of Lake Bluff, at 203 N. Waukegan Road in (of course) Lake Bluff, is our northerly destination.Debo's Dogs

Debo's Dogs, 19866 S. Harlem Avenue (corner of Vollmer), Frankfort, is nearer to the southern parts of our membership area.

Riders gather at both spots around 7 p.m. This is a destination ride, so get there on your own or organize your own group. Maps to both locations are included in the Events Calendar area of this website. See you there!

"Come out for the ride, come out for the food, just come on out!"

Season Kick-Off Ride is ON!

Hanks FarmFrom Dave Cory:

Sunday, April 27 will be our spring kickoff ride and we will be going to Hank's Farm Restaurant, located at 2973 N. State Rd. 71, Ottawa, IL. We have 12:30 reservations at the restaurant to enjoy their wonderful buffet.

We will be having three groups riding to the restaurant, the first of which Ingrid Wessel and I will lead. We will begin at Panera Bread located at 7165 S. Kingery Hwy (Route 83) in Willowbrook, IL.

The second starting location will be McDonald's in Aurora on Route 59 at Route 34 (in the Fox Valley Mall). This group will be led by Hank Barta and Art Laschober.

The third group will be led by Christy Lange and will meet at Caribou Coffee at 4165-A Route 83 (at Aptakisic Road) in Long Grove, Illinois.

Meeting times at all three locations will be 9:00 a.m., with 9:30 a.m. departures. Please arrive at all locations ready to go at the posted time with a full tank of gas, proper air in your tires (and for Christy's group) an I-Pass if you have one. As always, if you choose, you can simply ride to the restaurant on your own if group riding isn't your thing. Hope to see you there for this first "official" club ride of the season!

Chicago Region News (March) now available here

You can now view and print copies of the Chicago Region News from this site. Just go to the "Downloads" tab and you'll see a list of available issues. We intend to post these each month as soon as we can after their publication date.

Got a Technical Question?

Question MarkOur CHITECH committee members have a wide range of experience with BMW motorcycles from the Earles-fork /2 models up to the K16 and S1000 models. And one thing they all enjoy is sharing what they know with others. This is the reason that CHITECH offers clinics, demonstrations, and seminars. Sometimes, of course, those of us who work on our bikes have questions that haven't been addressed by a CHITECH event. Well, here is a way to get a more timely answer: ask your question by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (click on this link for a shortcut). And, the best questions may well become topics for future technical activities!

We Want Your Opinion

In an effort to improve our members' general meeting experience, we have created an on-line survey to collect ideas about what you'd like to see in our monthly gatherings. Our guess is that most everyone has some thoughts about this topic... and your thoughts can be included by going to the "Links and Advertisers" area of this site. Once there, click on the link and follow the directions. Thanks for your help!

Club Logo Apparel Now Available

As noted in the newsletter, shirts and jackets with the Chicago Region logo are now available on-line. For pictures and ordering information, go to the "Links and Advertisers" area of this website.

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