MISSION

Underground Wheels provides a custom service to successfully increase family and youth involvement in a positive, fun, and safe social activity while helping to blend all cultures and individuals through the art of roller skating, skateboarding, and bicycling.

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

Underground Wheels (UGW) is a family owned business that was started over 23 years ago by McKinley (Mac), his wife Marge, and their son, Douglas. Underground Wheels was previously located in Ford City Shopping Mall more than two decades before deciding to expand its walls. In February 2017, UGW moved to 5401 South Wentworth Avenue in the Grand Boulevard Plaza. Our establishment is now centrally located, close to downtown, near the Dan Ryan Expressway and public transportation that drops you off footsteps away from our store (CTA Redline, CTA #24 Wentworth, and #55 Garfield). The Plaza has plenty of free parking and 24hr roaming security.

Underground Wheels specializes in custom made roller skates, skateboards and bicycles, including accessories and clothing items. Our creative team can uniquely design everything from wheels, laces, boots, bearings, plates, colors, boards, and  multimedia designs. You can even come up with your own image and we will provide to your satisfaction. UGW has access to a number of vendors to procure a variety of sports related equipment.

Our family believes in a diverse Chicago and welcomes all! We anticipate members from the various houses of worship and students from numerous educational institutions, along with their parents, grandparents, and immediate family members to become our customers. Roller skating, bike riding, and skate boarding will increase the involvement of community and its youth by introducing a nostalgic & family-oriented, safe & fun activity. Young people can exert their energy into positive activities as an alternative to being raised by the streets. We can’t forget that roller skating, biking and skate boarding are all aerobic activities and an excellent way to maintain healthy minds, bodies, and souls. Our family legacy is to commit to the communities and continue our history of Underground Wheels (UGW) while giving back and helping to change the lives of others through extraordinary customer service to all individuals. UGW is the biggest provider of custom skates and wheels in Chicago and we are looking to expand our brand nationwide.