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  1. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    July 18, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  2. Skating Tricks of the Trade

    July 18, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elmhurst YMCA, 211 W. First St.

    Wednesday, July 18 Skating Tricks of the Trade Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. Watch and learn from the pros at this amazing demonstration of roller skating skills from the Golden Age through today on the YMCA’s outdoor rink. DJ Oliver spins tunes and emcees this fun evening for all ages. Professional competitive freestyle skater Carrie Svihlik plus members of Chicago Roller Talent and The Osiris Initiative will demonstrate various skating styles from the 1940s-‘70s and beyond—including shuffles, spins, jumps, and Chicago’s own JB (James Brown) style skating. Concession sales available to support the YMCA scholarship fund. Outdoor event, rain date July 26. Limited seating available. Location: Elmhurst YMCA, 211 West First St. Admission: FREE

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