Speaking of which, the program is B-Cycle, also used in Denver and Oahu. The Chicago B-Cycle launched less than one month ago, and thus far there's 100 bicycles at six B-stations around the city. Locations for the other B-Cycle stations include McCormick Place, Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, the Chicago Park District Administrative Offices, Daley Plaza and the John Hancock one pictured above. The bikes will be available seasonally, through October until they reappear next spring.
How it works: First, riders must register with B-Cycle online here. Then you choose a membership level (see rates below) or you can choose a 24-hour membership directly at the kiosk. Then the kiosk assigns you a free bike to take, you use it and return it to any B-Cycle station with an open spot. The station above looks like it's getting lots of use already, what with only one bike left.
24 hours: $5.00
30 days: $30.00
7 days: $20.00
Student Annual: $45
Senior (65+) Annual: $45
[Photo: @JaredHatch_com's yfrog]