If you had asked a young Mike Salvatore what he wanted to be when he grew up, the answer probably wouldn’t have included bikes, coffee, or any combination thereof. Fortunately, somewhere along the way Mike hatched a plan to seamlessly integrate biking and coffee cultures, and he—along with his wife, Melissa—has worked diligently to bring his plan to life.
Before opening Heritage Bicycles, Mike spent five years helping to establish and grow Bowery Lane Bicycles in New York City. As a fifth-generation Chicagoan, however, the draw of the City of Big Shoulders became too strong to ignore. So, Mike and Melissa, along with their newborn, Bennett, trekked back to the Midwest to open up shop. Perhaps it’s that new-family feel that has helped Heritage grow into such a community-oriented place. It’s not just a bike shop, and it’s not just a coffee shop—it’s an artistic space, a working space, a space to live in. We encourage everyone to bring suggestions and feedback; to bring their kids, or their laptops, or both; and to make new friends by elbowing into the community table.
Everything we do is centered around this sense of community, right down to our manufacturing. Heritage bikes are designed, welded (by hand, out of American steel), and assembled right here in the city of Chicago. Plus, almost every bike is entirely unique, as Heritage focuses on full customization. Whether it’s sparkly colors or Italian leather accessories that float your boat, we’ll find something to match your style.
Our commitment is first and foremost to customer satisfaction, but we also emphasize eco-friendly transportation and local manufacturing. We are proud to be the first completely Chicago-made bike since Schwinn production left the city in the ’70s.
We are excited to share all this with you. Come visit us at the shop that feels like home and smells like the best coffee you’ll ever have.
Heritage is a mash-up of two concepts and cultures that really go hand in hand: bikes and coffee. If you’ve never thought to pair the two, don’t worry, we're here making sense of it from 7am to 8pm, seven days a week.
Whether you come in to fix a flat, to grab a latte or a new Yakkay helmet, or to try the latest seasonal options from our own Heritage Coffee, we are here to make you feel at home in Chicago’s original bike café. We have seen people come in for a cup of coffee and walk out with a vintage-inspired, handcrafted bicycle. We've also seen people come in looking for tubes leave with 12 ounces of some of the world’s finest coffee.
Whether you come in to relax or to work (we know the coffee shop is the new home office!), you can enjoy our free wi-fi and the stellar show put on by the bike mechanics in the garage, as well as the sweet and savory treats from some of Chicago’s finest kitchens, including Southport Grocery and other local favorites. (Don’t miss out on the Mast Brothers chocolate bars, either, especially since they're hard to find in the Midwest!) For those of you who prefer less caffeine, we carry an awesome selection of Tea Gschwender’s organic and biodynamically farmed looseleaf teas, as well as hot chocolate. Watch our specials board too, so as not to miss our delicious rotating drinks.
In between sips you can peruse our retail space, which features brands such as Brooks, Levis Commuter, Upright Cyclist, and more. Most everything is American-made (sometimes even locally made here in Chicago), from the bike racks, bags, ponchos, t-shirts, and helmets, to the jewelry crafted out of recycled bike parts. We are also proud suppliers of Yakkay helmets and Brooks saddles (made in Denmark and England, respectively).
Don’t be surprised to find that the guy ringing you up is the owner, Mike, who lives right here in the neighborhood with his wife, Melissa, and their son, Bennett. Just as they have become fixtures in the neighborhood, we hope Heritage becomes your regular spot too. Bring your family, your friends, and your laptop, and above all, please enjoy yourself.