Hyde Park: A Presidential Tour

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, HYDE PARK: PRESIDENTIAL TOUR This bike ride takes you past some of Hyde Park’s most notable landmarks, including President Barrack Obama’s home; the University of Chicago’s Law School, where he taught for several years; and the South Shore Cultural Center, where he and Michelle held their wedding reception. Although short, this ride will give you a feel for the culturally rich yet refreshingly diverse neighborhood that nurtured the Obamas. Keep one eye on the traffic and the other on the beautiful sights that are so plentiful in this, one of Chicago’s most storied and significant communities. Over the years, Hyde Park has built on this rich heritage, piling on major academic, scientific, literary, architectural and cultural accomplishments. All these achievements make the area a great place for a bike ride, providing sights and stories, heritage and tradition. Thus, any ride through Hyde Park is more than a casual spin. You can’t just speed by murals and roundhouses, gargoyles and gardens – from community to Japanese to lakefront - without becoming curious. You can’t bike by places associated with a Rockefeller or a Wright, an Oppenheimer or an Obama, without wanting to learn more. FOOD AND DRINK There is a large selection of restaurants in Hyde Parkand plenty of drinking water along the lakefront. ACCESS CTA #6 Jackson Park Express bus stops at 58th Street and Stony Island Avenue, about four blocks north and east from the start of this ride at Midway Plaisance and Blackstone Avenue. By car, exit Lake Shore Drive at 57th Street. Follow the exit as it curves west and then south around the Museum of Science and Industry. After about half amile turn right onto Midway Plaisance at 6000 south on Chicago’s street grid. Drive west two blocks to the intersection with Blackstone Avenue and park. Parking is usually plentiful along Midway Plaisance.
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): 18.0
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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