A Beautiful Night for a Bike Ride and Ice Cream

Last Friday was a momentous day. At 6 p.m., my friend Julia and I rented bicycles through the BikeDU program. After wandering around campus for ten minutes, someone graciously pointed out where the DU bikes are kept- in the parking garage of all places. Dominican provides helmets, air-pumps and a key to the bike-lock at the Lewis Resource Desk. At first I felt dismayed when the bike-lock fell apart onto the ground after I unlocked it, but apparently it is supposed to do that.

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Dominican University Bike DU Program

Finally at 6:40 p.m. my friend and I made our way over to the Priory campus, where we met up with the rest of the group going to Taize, a prayer service that originated in France 60 years ago. Ascension Parish in Oak Park was the worship site. On the first Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. the parish invites Christians from the surrounding area (I ran into an old friend from West Chicago) to come together for communal worship. Six of us biked over to the parish while the rest drove. We made it just as Taize started. The hour-long prayer service is such a spiritually enriching experience. I am re-energized in my faith every time I attend. I totally dig the candle ceremony and the ten-minutes of quiet reflection.

Oberweis Dairyis not far from the corner of Lake St. and Oak Park Ave., and was our dessert-stop of choice before coming back to Dominican. We arrived at the dairy story around 9 p.m. (don’t forget that some us had to bike back from Taize). The Mocha Frozen Coffee called me by name. How could I ever say no? One of the workers called me over to the counter just to say, “Never mind.” Everyone got a kick out of this strange situation. She made it sound like my frozen coffee was ready- but it was not. Thankfully I did receive my treat soon after.

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Oberweis Ice Cream Dairy Store in Oak Park

The DU bicycles provide a smooth ride from the Main Campus to the Priory Campus (known as the Pri-Pri to residents). Students can also enjoy a ride around the OPRF neighborhood. Go ahead and bike over The Lake Theatre on Lake Street for an afternoon showing.