The Chi-Town Chapter of the H.O.G.® was officially chartered in July of 1985 as the Homewood, Illinois Chapter since the founding dealer was Homewood Harley-Davidson. 12 guys who had absolutely nothing in common, except that they owned Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, took a chance by signing their names on a piece of paper in a notebook. Their motive was quite simple, they were looking for people they could ride with and just have fun.
Early on, it became apparent that the H.O.G.® Chapter was destined to become much more. Maybe it was because they wanted to get their families involved or maybe it was because the riding season can be pretty short in the Chicagoland area. But whatever the reason, it seemed like they were spending just as much time together off their bikes as on. There were weekend rides, poker runs, an occasional national H.O.G.® event or races. But it was the picnics, candlelight bowls, Christmas parties, and dozens of breakfast rides that helped transform the Chapter from a small group of acquaintances to a large group of friends.