The following are typical pre-ride "stations" (activity areas) during the gathering phase of Chicago's events.
Check-In. Gate. Support.
Donations and concessions table.
Roaming donations and concessions.
Body painting DIY.
Coolest bike contest.
Autographable event banner.
Bike related art.
Performance: joust, extreme, tall, dance, ...
Play: chalk, hoops, poi, frisbee, ...