Chicago Skyline from the Bicycle Illinois Ending Location

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Our route parallels Lake Michigan, following bike paths and trails about 75% of the way, and is entirely flat. When it does not follow paths, the route follows lightly traveled secondary roads.

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Route Description
The event will start in Forsythe Park in Hammond, IN. The park is on the Indiana side of Wolf Lake, which the Illinois/Indiana border passes directly through. Out of Forsythe Park you will bike to the Burnham Greenway Trail which is a rails to trails path that proceeds up through quite a bit of Chicago's south side. As we travel north through the city of Chicago we will 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. You will then continue to bike through Chicago's south side passing through Calumet Park and Rainbow Park.

At 71st Street, Chicago's world famous Lakefront Path begins and you will bike on the 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 as you're coming up the path.

From the end lakefront path we will travel along very low traveled residential streets through Chicago's north side to the beginning of the North Branch Trail. You will ride path many of Chicago's famous "bungalow" style houses and also on streets that are on the edge of forest preserves. At times you will be amazed that you are still in the city of Chicago!

You will then bike on the North Branch Trail, which follows the North Branch of the Chicago River through the northern suburbs through desnely forested areas. You will keep very cool while riding from the shade from the thick green trees! At the end of North Branch Trail you will bike to the start of the Green Bay Trail/Robert McClory Path in Glencoe which is almost a direct route to our rest stop in Waukegan, passing immediately past the famous Ravinia festival in Highland Park.

Just past Waukegan, the Robert McClory Trail turns to a crushed limestone surface. If you choose to ride on this path it is almost a directly straight, twelve mile ride to the ending location in Kenosha. Or you can also follow the on road options primarily on residential streets we will have avaialble as well.

Century Option
After you arrive at the ending location, you can replenish yourself with snacks and sports drinks before riding the century option. The century option will be a loop route that begins and ends at the ending location. It will proceed through Kenosha, directly along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and connect back with part of the on-road route into the ending location.

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