Biking is a fun, active, and green way to see any city. Voted the #1 bike-friendly city in the US by Bicycling Magazine, Chicago looks best from some of its bike paths. Here is a run down of some of the most popular routes, so strap on your helmet and get moving!
This is Chicago’s most popular bike path. Flat and easy to ride through, Lincoln Park has beautiful fields, sandy beaches, quiet lagoons, the Lincoln Park Zoo (free entry), the Lincoln Park Conservatory, and the Notebaert Nature Museum. The bike path is clearly marked and makes for a smooth five mile ride through Chicago’s north side that will last about two to three hours.
Millenium Park/Grant Park/Chinatown
Ride through Millenium Park and Grant Park downtown to see some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. This route includes sights like Cloudgate (aka “the Bean”), Buckingham Fountain, Crown Fountain, and the Pritzker Pavillion. You’ll have an incredible and unobstructed view of the skyline and Lake Michigan. Head south toward Museum Campus to see the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium, and continue on down to Chinatown for a well-deserved meal. This eight mile ride will last about three to four hours and is of moderate difficulty.
Lakefront to the Baha’I Temple
This is a long and challenging ride, but incredibly rewarding. You’ll start in the city and ride up a long the city’s eastern edge through many bustling and historic neighborhoods. Stop in Rogers Park or Evanston, or ride through the Northwestern University campus. The end point lies in Wilmette at the incredible Baha’I Temple. This ride covers fourteen miles and will take you about three to four hours…one way.