Green Bay Trail & Sheridan Road

CYCLE CHICAGO, ROAD RIDE, GREEN BAY & SHERIDAN ROAD Sheridan Road serves up magnificent mansions and splendid glimpses of the lake. The Green Bay Trail serves up trains and trees, residential areas and relaxed town centers. The trails complement each other perfectly in this interesting, distinctive ride. This engaging route is slightly hilly and quite curvy. The traffic is slow and the lanes are wide. In fact, Sheridan Road is so bike friendly that many serious bikers train there - judging from all the spandex. Meanwhile, the sights are so awesome that you won’t have a chance to think about having sore muscles or being tired. The things to see start with the laced-domed Baha’i House of Worship, built 1912-1953 and now on the National Register of Historic Places. The eye candy continues northward, past hundreds of homes and through some of the city’s most affluent suburbs. You’ll appreciate them much more by bike than you ever have by automobile. Go ahead. Pick one out! By the way, it’s no accident that this ride goes north on Sheridan Road and south on the trail. A thorough analysis of satellite images revealed far fewer potholes on the east side of the street than on the west side. Plus, there’s less cross traffic on the east side since the lake will be on your right, resulting in fewer driveways and streets with which to contend. Green Bay Trail And now for something completely different, which is the charm of this ride. On the return, the crushed stone Green Bay Trail runs through woods that create tunnels of trees broken by lovely natural and suburban settings. The only downside is that occasionally you have to get from one of these woods to the next by a street or through a train station parking lot, but that doesn’t keep this from being an extremely popular trail. To help keep you on track of these twists and turns, my ride log is long. Still, it’s pretty easy to ride through these wellmarked connectors and stations without getting lost. The trail is smooth, so I’d recommend a road bike so you can sail along Sheridan Road. FOOD AND DRINK There’s water in many of the small parks along the way and there are restaurants in Highland Park, halfway. On the return, stores and restaurants surround most of the train stations. ACCESS Take the CTA’s Purple Line to Linden and bike three blocks east to the Baha’i Temple. Or, take Metra’s Union Pacific North Line to Wilmette and bike 10 blocks east to Sheridan Road and south to Linden Avenue. By car, exit Interstate 94 at Lake Avenue. Drive east to Sheridan Road and south to the start.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1/2 day
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 45.0
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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