North Shore Loop

Chicago, Illinois

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If you’re like many cyclists, sometimes the momentum behind a bike ride is generated wholly by the desire to find a scenic spot to relax and enjoy the lunch you packed along. This ride offers a great choice of picnicking spots, including roadside prairies, bluffs above Lake Michigan, and several sprawling forest preserves. In addition to the many parks along the way, the second half of the ride takes you through the picturesque campus of Lake Forest College and the historic grounds of Fort Sheridan. St. Marys Road has steady traffic, but there’s an adequate shoulder for riding. While the traffic on most of these roads is minimal, many North Shore residents have an affinity for buying the largest cars available. Larger cars not only take up more road space but also render cyclists less visible.

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"If you’re like many cyclists, sometimes the momentum behind a bike ride is generated wholly by the desire to find a scenic spot to relax and enjoy the lunch you packed along. This ride offers a great choice of picnicking spots, including roadside prairies, bluffs above Lake Michigan, and several sprawling forest preserves. In addition to the many parks along the way, the second half of the ride takes you through the picturesque campus of Lake Forest College and the historic grounds of Fort Sheridan.

St. Marys Road has steady traffic, but there’s an adequate shoulder for riding. While the traffic on most of these roads is minimal, many North Shore residents have an affinity for buying the largest cars available. Larger cars not only take up more road space but also render cyclists less visible."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Chicago
Distance: 35.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Riding Time: 3 hours
Local Maps: USGS: Highland Park quad, Libertyville quad, Waukegan quad, Wheeling quad DeLorme: Illinois Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 29
Driving Directions: Directions to North Shore Loop

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May 2018