Best Bike Rides Chicago  by Ted Villaire

Best Bike Rides Chicago Guide Book

by Ted Villaire (Falcon Guides)
Best Bike Rides Chicago  by Ted Villaire
Written for cyclists of all stripes, Best Bike Rides Chicago presents a diverse array of scenic tours in and around one of America’s prime urban destinations—from easy excursions for the Sunday cyclist to challenging treks for the veteran. Author and cyclist Ted Villaire describes thirty-four rides in and around the Windy City. This guide indeed has plenty to choose from. Chicago and its environs offer gentle terrain, the lakeshore, an abundance of bike paths, and unique neighborhoods and communities to explore. Farther out—whether you’re in the collar counties, Indiana, Michigan, or Wisconsin—you’ll find scores of parks with rivers, lakes, woodlands, wetlands, and restored prairie . . . not to mention quiet farm roads, charming towns, and unforgettable restaurants and shops.

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Trails from the "Best Bike Rides Chicago" Guide Book
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Given the bustle of the surrounding suburban landscape, the rural character of this ride seems unlikely. As you encounter the oak-covered hills, sprawling marshlands, and farms mixed in with a scatter ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 28.9
This ride opens with a short stint on a heavily wooded section of the Major Taylor Trail, one of the newest trails in Chicago. The route in Beverly takes you by a collection of historic mansions, incl ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 17.9
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This ride takes you through a scenic setting that straddles the Illinois-Indiana state line just 40 miles south of downtown Chicago. The landscape features gently undulating farmland broken up regul ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 44.7
Enjoy a classic Chicago bike ride along the Lakefront Path as it winds past harbors, beaches, the dazzling skyline, and the big blue mysterious lake. After passing the museum campus and Soldier Field, ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 29.6
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This ride reveals a part of Chicago that is vast and persistently interesting. Visit four great Chicago South Side parks, follow the Lake Michigan coastline, and explore Pullman, a nineteenth-century ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 27.7
If you like riparian landscapes, you’ll love the Des Plaines River Trail as it winds alongside tree-laden riverbanks, through dense bottomland woods, alongside ponds, and over footbridges. Quiet oak ...
Chicago, IL - Cross-Country Skiing,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Rail-Trails,Road Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 49.6
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Located only 30 miles west of downtown Chicago, the Fox River Trail has plenty of great things going for it. As this pathway hugs the Fox River between Aurora and Algonquin, it passes numerous communi ...
Chicago, IL - Cross-Country Skiing,Rail-Trails,Road Biking,Trail Running,Walking - Trail Length: 65.6
As the Great Western Trail makes a straight shot west from Villa Park, it cuts through residential areas and brushes against community parks and forest preserves. On the second half of the route, wood ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 11.7
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Setting out toward Sycamore from St. Charles, the first half of the path presents you with attractive woodland intermingled with acres of bright and shiny housing developments. A rural landscape takes ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 34.2
In 1848 the Illinois and Michigan Canal provided the final shipping link between the East Coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. From Chicago the canal angled southwest, running beside the ...
Chicago, IL - Backpacking,Cross-Country Skiing,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Rail-Trails,Road Biking,Trail Running,Walking - Trail Length: 61.9
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This route is jammed with scenic vistas and fascinating local history. While tracing the route of the Des Plaines River, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, and the I&M Canal, you’ll pass two museums ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 40.2
These two connected branches of the Illinois Prairie Path take you through a suburban landscape that is largely residential, sometimes industrial, and often feels more remote than it actually is. As ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 54.4
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The Illinois Prairie Path, one of the first rail trails in the nation, runs along the route of the former Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin Railway, an electric railroad line that carried commuters and freig ...
Chicago, IL - Cross-Country Skiing,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Rail-Trails,Road Biking,Trail Running,Walking - Trail Length: 26.8
The 3 miles of beachfront on this ride offer one of the most delightful stretches of bike-able lakeshore in the region, the sort of road that makes you want to pull off every half-mile just to gaze at ...
Michigan City, IN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 22.4
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As you circle the far western edge of Joliet on this ride, you’ll get an inkling of the city’s industrial heritage, as well as its residential life, its parks, and its commercial districts. The firs ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 15.9
While circling Geneva Lake, you’ll begin to understand why the captains of Chicago industry built their summer homes on the shoreline of this postcard-perfect lake in southeastern Wisconsin. The lake’ ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 20.2
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Enjoy plenty of ups and downs along this route as you follow a series of nearly perfect cycling roads outside of LaPorte, Indiana. Take a break from the rolling—sometimes hilly—terrain as you follow t ...
La Porte, IN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 32.3
As you travel from one side of Boone County to the other on the Long Prairie Trail, you’ll encounter small winding creeks, a few small railroad towns, and plenty of open space. Leaving Boone County ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 40.8
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When the last glacier receded from the landscape at Moraine Hills State Park nearly 16,000 years ago, it left behind a mosaic of marshes, prairies, bogs, hills, and streams, as well as the park’s cent ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 9.5
The first part of this ride follows the North Branch Trail, one of the great bike pathways of Chicagoland, as it meanders along the wooded banks of the Chicago River’s North Branch, through the Skokie ...
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 32.7
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