Indian Motorcycles of Chicago celebrates grand opening Saturday

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Indian Motorcycles of Chicago in South Elgin will celebrate its official grand opening Saturday, though the store has been open since December.

The event starts at noon and features a ribbon-cutting, vendors, bikini bike wash, the band Goin’ South, and a barbecue lunch.

Owner Bob Marchello, 50, told the Suburban Chicago News he set up shop in South Elgin for a variety of reasons. "We're west of the city (Chicago), where everybody tends to ride," he says. It helps that incomes in the community range from $40,000 a year to more than $1 million, puttng Indian bikes in reach for many.

Marchello says it's not unusual for a customer to come in to the store with tales of relatives who recall riding Indian cycles years ago. "It's nostalgia and it's history ... the enthusiasm people have for this motorcycle is just unbelievable."

After the grand opening, the dealership will turn art gallery June 10 for a show featuring “Wild Child” artist Kim Savino and local artist Wes Baker.

Posted by Holly Wagner