Returning to the Office Brings Opportunity for New, Healthier Commute for Chicagoans
CHICAGO – As work-from-home policies end or morph into hybrid schedules, Chicagoans are returning to downtown, and with their return comes lengthy, traffic-filled commutes. Instead of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Chicagoans can elect to take an active commute, skipping traffic jams while boosting physical and mental health. As a renowned biking city, Chicago offers many options to help its active commuters navigate the city, and the newest amenity is HUB312, located downtown just steps from the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
“A popular perk of working from home was being able to get that hour plus that you’d lose each morning and afternoon to traffic,” said Phil LeDonne, General Manager of HUB312. “People filled that ‘extra time’ with exercise, hobbies, and taking care of responsibilities around the home. But now that the commute is back, Chicagoans are losing those productive hours and want solutions. With HUB312 now open, active commutes are more doable than ever, so you can get around traffic while fitting in a morning workout to boost your physical and mental health.”
Operated by Shift Transit, HUB312 is Chicago’s active transportation hub located conveniently in Millennium Park. HUB312 offers four membership rates, Annual Pass ($250), Monthly Pass ($50), Day Pass ($15), and Equity Pass ($5 per month), with each membership offering access to HUB312’s full amenities, including clean showers with complementary shampoo, soap, and towel services, onsite retail and bike repair shop, secure indoor bike parking, locker room, and a stand-up steamer.
“An active commute certainly has a number of benefits, but it also brings additional challenges, like where to park your bike for the day, what bike-friendly route should you take, and how do you freshen up after a healthy sweat during your commute,” said LeDonne. “HUB312 is here to help you make an active commute a part of your daily routine. You’ll have an accessible, reliable, and safe location to park your bike, get quick repairs and maintenance, and a stand-up steamer and showers to make sure you’re relaxed and ready to tackle the workday ahead or enjoy what downtown Chicago has to offer.”
It’s well known that exercise improves mood and physical health and exercising outdoors further increases these benefits. With the time loss associated with sitting in traffic, commuters can opt to ride a bicycle to the office, inserting outdoor exercise into the daily routine. Active commutes, such as traveling to work on a bicycle, can provide a host of benefits, from helping regulate sleep patterns and relieving stress to reducing the chance to develop cardiovascular disease and boosting cognitive health.
HUB312 is your mobility hub in the heart of Chicago in Millennium Park, connecting people to live an eco-friendly, healthy and active lifestyle.
HUB312 offers bike rentals, guided tours and on-site bike shop service as well as memberships with access to secure bike parking, lockers and shower services.
239 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Winter hours begin 11/1 and last through 3/31
Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm
Sat & Sun 9am – 5pm
*Members can access the facility outside these hours, but any sales, repairs, and rentals will not be available.
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