Being a resident of Chicago has many benefits, especially the ones that afford me the opportunity to experience city and suburbs via a bike ride!
BICYCLING MAGAZINE VOTED CHICAGO FIFTH MOST BIKE FRIENDLY CITY IN THE NATION
Locals – you have bike options:
The Des Plaines River Trail is a 31 mile, crushed gravel trail that takes a cyclist through wilderness and lovely trails, both northern and southern sections and extends from Chicago to the Wisconsin border.
The 9 mile Green Bay Road Trail runs parallel to Chicago’s Metra’s commuter rail line up north in Chicagoland. A ride range of scenery from big back yards to small shops to beautiful parks will entrance your eyes.
The Chicago Lakefront Trail is fun to ride casually as you view the lake and skyscrapers in one fell swoop.
Palos Forest Preserves in Willow Springs provides some of the best mountain biking in the Chicago area. Crushed limestone trails lead the way in the forest preserve where there are some steep miles of trail for 78 miles.
North Branch Trail is 20 miles of shade and “chill” around the North Branch of the Chicago River, which ends at the Chicago Botanic Garden. SO fun and pretty.
The Illinois Prairie Path is an epic 61 mile rail trail named for its rare segments of original, thousand year old prairies. Unique to say the least!
As the weather warms, and I have an urge to ride for kicks, I’ll be checking out some of these trails.
Make sure to keep moving and enjoy the scenery.