A Guide For Biking and Cycling in Chicago

Posted by Helaine Cohen on Sunday, April 12th, 2015 at 2:07pm.

Although the weather can still be a little dicey in April, we’re still getting closer and closer to the warm weather season, which means many of us are just itching to get outside. And although some of us still choose to exercise outdoors all year round, it’s usually just a bit more pleasant when we’re not out there freezing our trails off.

One of the best forms of exercising is riding a bike, and because Chicago seems to get more and more bike-friendly with each passing year, there’s a lot the Windy City has to offer cyclists, regardless of whether you bike for leisure or as your main source of transportation. So, with spring and summer right around the corner, here’s a look at our biker’s guide to Chicago:

Best Place to Ride

Lakefront Trial

Easily the best place to go for a ride in the city, there’s no better place to take in some gorgeous scenery while also getting in your daily ride than on the Lakefront Trail. And because the trail spans 18 miles long, it’s perfect for casual and serious cyclists alike.

Best Bicycle Event

Bike the Drive

Every Memorial Day Weekend, the city shuts down Lake Shore Drive for a few hours, enabling locals, visitors, and everyone in between an opportunity to bike along one of the most famous roadways in the country. For anyone who complains about the traffic along the Lakefront Trial, this is your chance to bike up and down the lakefront with plenty of open space and room to just peddle away!

Bike Shops in Downtown Chicago

Chicago is loaded with great bike shops, but if you happen to live around the downtown area, there’s only a handful of places to go. By neighborhood, here’s where you’ll find some of the best bike shops in the downtown region:

Old Town

Village Cycle Center - 1337 N Wells St

River North

Kozy’s Cyclery Chicago - 219 W Erie St

South Loop

Kozy’s Cyclery Chicago - 2540 S Wabash
On The Route Bicycles - 728 S Dearborn
Cycle Bike Shop - 1465 S Michigan

Helaine Cohen, Chicago Real Estate Broker

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