Wolf Lake & Burnham Greenway

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, WOLF LAKE & BURNHAM GREENWAY Off-the-beaten-path, this bike ride links two remarkable parks via a relatively new and hardly used bike path. Along the way you will visit some of Chicago’s industrialized Southeast Side and ride under the colossal Chicago Skyway. The bike ride is full of surprises such as a Nike missile, a U.S. Army tank, an eerie bike parking area, looming factories and blinds for waterfowl hunting - all within the city limits. Be sure to take this ride with a companion, and not too late in the day. Burnham Greenway Running through parkland and city neighborhoods, the Burnham Greenway is short, straight and open. Although the blacktop is wide and smooth, occasional cross streets prevent it from being used as a bicycle speedway. There are plans to link this section of the greenway with the longer Burnham Greenway that starts three miles south at State Street in Calumet City and runs five miles to the Illinois Indiana border at Lansing. Be prepared to “shift gears” after this ride hits the Chicago Skyway, one of the city’s most massive engineering works. The ride runs under this superhighway and along busy Indianapolis Boulevard for a short but memorable distance before it connects with Calumet Park, a relatively large but well-worn city park. FOOD AND DRINK There is water in the parks at either end and food at plenty of stores and restaurants in the middle. ACCESS The CTA’s #30 South Chicago bus stops at the entrance to the William W. Powers State Recreation Area at 12400 S. Avenue O. After entering the park, bike to the lakefront and turn right. Go to the southern end of the park and turn left into the parking lot. By car, exit Interstate 90 at U.S. 12 east/U.S. 20 east/U.S. 41 south (Indianapolis Boulevard). Turn right on 106th Street and left on Avenue O.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
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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