I know you've mentioned rental price per square footage isn't the greatest in Chicago, which is odd because there are so many vacant buildings, but would you ever think of moving it to another city or country? Like Chicago Jr.—I mean Milwaukee? Shit… Gary, Indiana would probably pay you to have something there. Is rent one of the main things keeping it in hiatus at the moment?
At the moment high rents and finding a space that's nearly “perfect" is the issue. When I say “perfect" I don't mean clean and bright and nice. We just need a roof over our head and electricity. The original location of The Bakery didn't even have running water or bathrooms and we got by. What I mean by perfect is a landlord that seems sound with the idea and a location that's accessible. I had two deals go back and had to move The Bakery twice last year. The teardown, transport, build, teardown and transport was expensive and exhausting. We made it worth it in between all that, however, with some of the most progressive riding and (more importantly) a lot of good times on bikes. Moving it to a different city would be tough since Chicago is home and I love this city. I have had the chance to move it to Milwaukee, which would be great but I think it's better suited for Chicago. It's not out of the question but unlikely. I'd always entertain ideas to recreate it somewhere else.
Can you tell us about some of the events Bakery inspired stuff has been at?
There has been a number of 'Bakery inspired' obstacles and courses from Texas Toast last year, Munich Mash this year and Rebel Jam London coming up. I have also seen some other people make their own DYI ledges and rails similar to what the Bakery had. I can't count how many times I sent people the measurements of the stuff we had in there. It's always an honor when you see people inspired by what you've created. The Munich Mash course was insane and Rebel Jam will be as well. Jeff K and I sat down and drew up the plans for each and our work has paid off. The riders (myself included) had a blast riding those courses and that's what it's all about. We are also doing a new Bakery inspired obstacle at 4 Seasons Skatepark in Milwaukee