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Kankakee to Chicago


Overall Route Description
As we leave Kankakee and head toward downtown Chicago, you'll be surprised the country's third largest metropolitan area is so close. Even as things get more congested and the traffic naturally becomes heavier, we will travel through some surprisingly scenic and well-maintained south suburbs along an easy to follow route with low traffic. You'll also see quite a bit of the infrastructure that has made Chicago one of the world's leading industrial cities.

One of the more interesting things you'll see after leaving rest stop 3 at William W. Powers (Wolf Lake) State Recreation Area is an old Nike Ajax missile warhead displayed on a pedestal. During the Cold War, two areas around Wolf lake were used to create Nike missile site C-44, part of an air defense system for Chicago and its heavy industries. It was one of many such sites that formed a ring of defense running from Indiana to Wisconsin. Click Here for more information.

Even though you're cycling across Illinois, you will have the option of briefly crossing over the Indiana border and taking a picture at the "Welcome to Indiana" sign. This option only adds 0.5 miles onto the main route, and the century options do not depend on whether you decide to do it or not. You could literally be cycling in two states at once!

As we travel north through the city of Chicago we'll ride on the bike path along the brand new "New Lake Shore Drive" which goes through 600 acres that are currently being redeveloped that once housed U.S. Steel's South Works plant. After that we'll follow the world famous lakefront path directly along Lake Michigan. One of the most amazing things you will ever see is when you catch your first view of the Chicago's awe inspiring skyscrapers and beautiful lakefront and know that your goal is in sight!

Finally, you will end your journey in downtown Chicago at the On The Bicycle Shop in downtown Chicago. Even though the shop is located downtown don't worry because you'll be riding on specifically marked bike lanes most of the way. In fact, most of the bike lanes are completely separated from traffic by specific barriers put in place to protect cyclists! Our ending location is easily accessible by friends and family for baggage pick ups and your baggage will be laid out and ready for you to pick up. It is also within easy biking distance of our supported services and facilities in downtown Chicago and bathrooms will be available.

Century Option
The century options from Kankakee to Chicago get a little more confusing and depend on whether or not you will be continuing on the Tri-State Tour the next day.

If you are not continuing on the Tri-State Tour you will arrive at the ending location in downtown Chicago and do a loop up and down the beautiful Lakefront path along Lake Michigan in Chicago to complete the century.

If you are continuing on the Tri-State Tour, you will arrive at the ending location in downtown Chicago and bike back to the third rest stop at Wm. Powers Recreation Area (Wolf Lake). You will then bike to the Hammond hotel from there. And don't worry, you'll ride up the beautiful Lakefront path beyond our ending location the next day as part of the Tri-State Tour.


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RIDE ITINERARY

All Participants:

Rest Stop 1
Peotone Community Park
Peotone, IL

Rest Stop 2
Oakwood Park
Matteson, IL

Rest Stop 3
William W. Powers (Wolf Lake) State Recreation Area
Chicago, IL


Not Continuing on the Tri-State Tour

On The Route Bicycles
728 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 588-1050

Continuing on the Tri-State Tour

End - Hammond Hotel
Econolodge
4000 S. Calumet Ave.
Hammond, IN 46320
(219) 931-0900

We will not have a supported rest stop at the Hammond Hotel. You should replenish yourself with snacks and sports drinks at the rest stop at Wolf Lake.


Route Profile Data

Each Ride Segment

 
Kankakee
to Peotone
Peotone
to
Matteson
Matteson to
Wm. Powers
Conservation
Area (Wolf
Lake)

Wm. Powers
Conservation
Area (Wolf
Lake) to

Chicago
Century
Loop
Option

Chicago to
Wm. Powers
Conservation
Area

From
Kankakee
Hotel

From
Kankakee
Main
Lodging

Chicago
Hammond
Hotel
No
Indiana
Option
Indiana
Option
Distance (mi)
20.8
21.4
20.2
22.7
18.3
18.7
3.4
19.3
18.3
Elevation
Profile
Starting
Elevation (ft)
671
674
727
693
578
578
578
592
592
Ending
Elevation (ft)
727
727
693
578
592
592
601
592
578
Highest
Elevation (ft)
738
738
867
721
599
601
604
609
599
Lowest
Elevation (ft)
631
627
1051
753
443
457
125
757
429
Gross Climb (ft)
749
746
1086
821
1010
1072
171
1789
996
Gross Climb
Profile
Net Climb (ft)
56
53
-34
-115
14
14
23
0
-14
Gross Grade
0.6
0.6
1.0
0.6
0.5
0.5
0.7
0.7
0.4
Net Grade
0.1
0.0
0.0
-0.1
0.0
0.0
0.1
0.0
0.0

Ride Segment Summary

Unique Ride Segments
8
Total Possible Routes
14
Total Rest Stops
5
On Road Rest Stops
3
Rest Stops Ridden To
4

Every Potential Route

Arrival at ending location in Chicago:

Departure Location
Main
Lodging
Main
Lodging
Main
Lodging
Main
Lodging
Supported
Hotel
Supported
Hotel
Supported
Hotel
Supported
Hotel
Daily Option(s)
No
No
Indiana
Indiana
No
No
Indiana
Indiana
Arrival Location
Chicago
Chicago
Chicago
Chicago
Chicago
Chicago
Chicago
Chicago
Century Option
No
Chicago
loop
No
Chicago
loop
No
Chicago
loop
No
Chicago
loop
Rest Stops
4
5
4
5
4
5
4
5
Total Distance (mi)
82.6
101.9
83.0
102.3
82.0
101.3
82.4
101.7
Elevation Profile
Starting Elevation (ft)
674
674
674
674
671
671
671
671
Ending Elevation (ft)
592
592
592
592
592
592
592
592

Highest Elevation (ft)

867
867
867
867
867
867
867
867
Lowest Elevation (ft)
560
532
561
532
560
532
561
532

Gross Climb (ft)

2874
3631
2888
3645
2865
3622
2879
3636
Gross Climb Profile

Net Climb (ft)

-82
-82
-82
-82
-79
-79
-79
-79
Longest Ride
Segment Distance (mi)
22.7
22.7
22.7
22.7
22.7
22.7
22.7
22.7
Shortest Ride
Segment Distance (mi)
18.3
18.3
18.7
18.7
18.3
18.3
18.7
18.7
Average Distance
Between Rest Stops (mi)
20.7
20.4
20.8
20.5
20.5
20.3
20.6
20.3

Longest Ride
Segment
Gross Climb (ft)

1051
1051
1051
1051
1051
1051
1051
1051
Shortest Ride Segment
Gross Climb (ft)
443
443
457
457
443
443
457
457
Average Gross Climb
Between Rest Stops (ft)
719
726
722
729
716
724
720
727
Gross Grade
0.7
0.7
0.7
0.7
0.7
0.7
0.7
0.7
Net Grade
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Arrival at Hammond hotel:

Departure
Location
Main
Lodging
Main
Lodging
Main
Lodging
Supported
Hotel
Supported
Hotel
Supported
Hotel
Daily Option(s)
No
No
Indiana
No
No
Indiana
Arrival Location
Hammond
Hotel
Hammond
Hotel
Hammond
Hotel
Hammond
Hotel
Hammond
Hotel
Hammond
Hotel
Century Option
No
Tri-State
Tour
Tri-State
Tour
No
Tri-State
Tour
Tri-State
Tour
Rest Stops
3
5
5
3
5
5
Total Distance (mi)
67.7
104.3
104.7
67.1
103.7
104.1
Elevation Profile
Starting Elevation (ft)
674
674
674
671
671
671
Ending Elevation (ft)
601
601
601
601
601
601

Highest Elevation (ft)

867
867
867
867
867
867
Lowest Elevation (ft)
566
560
560
566
560
560

Gross Climb (ft)

2556
3428
3442
2547
3419
3433
Gross Climb Profile

Net Climb (ft)

-73
-73
-73
-70
-70
-70
Longest Ride Segment
Distance (mi)
22.7
22.7
22.7
22.7
22.7
22.7
Shortest Ride Segment
Distance (mi)
20.2
18.3
18.3
20.2
18.3
18.3
Average Distance
Between Rest Stops (mi)
21.4
20.2
20.3
21.2
20.1
20.1

Longest Ride Segment
Gross Climb (ft)

1051
1051
1051
1051
1051
1051
Shortest Ride Segment
Gross Climb (ft)
627
429
429
627
429
429
Average Gross Climb
Between Rest Stops (ft)
810
661
663
807
659
662
Gross Grade
0.7
0.6
0.6
0.7
0.6
0.6
Net Grade
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

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