Halsted Street, UIC & Stockyards

CYCLE CHICAGO, ROAD RIDE, HALSTED STREET, UIC & STOCKYARDS The bike ride begins at Jane Addams’ Hull House, opened in 1889. This is the original settlement house of a complex that totaled 13 buildings serving Chicago’s immigrants for decades. After crossing the river, you’re in Bridgeport, a traditional Irish-American enclave. One thing that gave Bridgeport its character was proximity to the Union Stock Yard, now an industrial park. To the west of the gate (the former entrance to the stock yards), visit the Chicago Firefighters Memorial. It honors 21 firefighters who died in the 1910 Union Stock Yard Fire - the greatest number of American firefighters lost in a building collapse until the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The rest of the ride meanders through streets lined with the frame houses, bungalows and two-flats, corner groceries, taverns and ethnic restaurants, churches, parks and community centers so typical of Chicago’s working class neighborhoods. Some of the homes have entrances below street level because their owners could not afford to have them lifted when the city raised the streets. The ride passes through some rundown areas but this part of the city is rebounding. ACCESS Take the Blue Line “L” to UIC-Halsted and bike three blocks south to Hull House at 800 S. Halsted St. Or take the #8 Halsted bus to Hull House. Or take the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Metra Line to Halsted and bike north to Hull House. By car, park on Halsted Street or in the University of Illinois Chicago parking garage across the street from Hull House. FOOD AND DRINK There are dozens of cafes, restaurants and shops along the way.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
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): 15.0
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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