Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago Guide Book

by Christopher Percy Collier (The Globe Pequot Press)
Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago  by Christopher Percy Collier

162pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0762704101

A well-researched guide to 40 rides in the Chicago area from short to moderate length for cyclists of all levels. Includes directions, route map, level of difficulty, mileage, safety tips, availability of food & facilities, and points of interest.

© Christopher Percy Collier/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.
... Preview: With items old and new, this ride offers the best of both worlds for power shoppers and browsers. It takes you through the beautiful portion of Chicago known as Lincoln Park and to the heart of the ci ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 7.5
... Preview: Bucktown might more appropriately be called X-town, due to all the Gen-X types that have made it popular. Make no mistake, however: What has really made Bucktown is its restaurants. For those of you w ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: Just past the Wisconsin-Illinois border, Bong is one of the closest Wisconsin escapes for Chicagoland bikers. Compared to the largely flat topography and suburban surroundings of Chicagoland, many Chi ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Kenosha, WI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 7.2
... Preview: Busse Woods is one of eight bicycle trails in Chicago's Cook County and definitely one of the best. You'll be in and out of dark forests and open fields for most of the trail while patches of Busse La ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Arlington Heights, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 9.4
... Preview: The Chain O' Lakes bike path is a winding north-south ribbon linking three screened-limestone loops. It's well marked, well kept, and far removed from suburban surroundings. Ups and downs from the las ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Antioch, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: Deer Grove comes in two flavors: open prairie paved, and deep woods unpaved. Both are hilly. A ride through each keeps those who know about Deer Grove coming back for more. As forest preserves go this ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Palatine, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10.5
... Preview: Connected to the less developed Indian Boundary Trail, the Des Plaines Trail continues to run along the Des Plaines River. The best place to start is Big Bend Lake. Right near the expressway, it's an ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Des Plaines, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 20.4
... Preview: From Twain's tales of the Mississippi to Marquette's historical foray down the Fox River's northerly stretch, rivers have long captivated the imagination of Americans. The Fox River Trail is the weste ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Elgin, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 23.2
... Preview: The southern section of the Fox River Trail is a popular haven for Illinois locals and Chicago cityfolk. More popular than the northern section due to attractions like windmills, Japanese gardens, and ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Elgin, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 23.1
... Preview: For us Chicagoans who turn cold shoulders west while gazing onto a Great Lake that competes in character with the oceans besides the cities of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, it's easy to forget tha ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Fulton, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 26.8
... Preview: There is a Great Western Trail that stretches from Canada to Mexico through Idaho, Utah and Arizona, but it doesn’t go through Illinois. The Great Western Trail that you can ride on in Illinois only t ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Wasco, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24.6
... Preview: The drive out to the Hennepin Canal Trail is a journey to the center of the state, into a rural area of Illinois where there are off-trail concessions only. It's hard to say which is straighter, a can ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Rock Falls, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31.4
... Preview: The main attractions in Hyde Park are the University of Chicago and the charming neighborhood that has built itself up around it, but the Museum of Science and Industry is nothing to scoff at. You'l ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 6.8
... Preview: The entire stretch of the I & M Canal State Trail is 61 miles. It runs from Joliet to La Salle, though some parts are for hiking. The portion in Joliet and closest to Chicago is a popular after-work r ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Willow Springs, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: For those of you who cherish the presence of trails wherever they may be, the Illinois Prairie Path must be ridden out of respect for its origins. It's among the first large-scale rails-to-trails unde ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Lombard, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 20.6
... Preview: The Indian Boundary gets in name from a boundary line that spanned from Lake Michigan to Ottawa; it served as a territorial boundary between the Potawatomi tribe and European settlers in 1816. The In ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Oak Park, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 10.6
... Preview: Kettle Moraine south is the most rigorous of the trails. For Chicagoland mountain bikers, it's the nearest taste of what real Wisconsin mountain biking is all about. Part of Kettle Moraine is the John ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Whitewater, WI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 7.3
... Preview: An oasis for urban outdoor enthusiasts in need of a quick fix, the northern lakefront is a Chicago gem. Starting on the North Side of Chicago at Ardmore-Hollywood Beach and extending clear down past t ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 17.4
... Preview: East of Lake Shore Drive is the land of milk and honey. There's no better place for city dwellers who need to get away in a flash. Composed almost exclusively of lake and park, the southern lakefront ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 25
... Preview: This ride brings you through some of the best parks just west of Lake Shore Drive. It also brings you through one of the most affluent areas in Chicago, the Gold Coast. There's light shade, with trees ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago"
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 7.9