Biking the Boulevards

CYCLE CHICAGO, ROAD RIDE, BIKING THE BOULEVARDS This is a challenging yet extremely enjoyable ride. The challenging part is dealing with traffic because about half of the ride is on city streets that don’t have bike lanes, although they are designated as bike routes. Some of these streets have heavy traffic, so the best time to take this ride would be on the weekend. The enjoyable part is seeing scores of parks, statues, historical sites, landscaping gems and architectural wonders along the way. Our ride starts at the Monument to the Great Northern Migration and ends near the Illinois Centennial Monument in Logan Square. Between these two monuments you’ll see the Rainbow/PUSH headquarters, the Center for Green Technology and the infamous Cook County Jail. You’ll bike by the former homes of an incredible cast of characters, from Ida B. Wells to the Marx Brothers. And you’ll see Chicago’s oldest “L” station at Garfield on the CTA’s Green Line as well as the Fountain of Time, a provocative sculpture by Lorado Taft. The 28-mile Boulevard System is one way Chicago has tried to live up to its motto, Urbs in Horto, which was adopted in 1837 and means “city in a garden.” FOOD AND DRINK Innumerable restaurants and convenience stores along the way. ACCESS Take the CTA Red Line to Chinatown; bike four blocks south and four blocks east to the start. By car, exit Lake Shore Drive at 31st Street and drive west to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Turn right and drive to 26th Street. On-street parking is available in the area.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
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): 38.0
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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