Thanks to our newest bikeshare system, Divvy, it's easier than ever to explore Chicago by bike. And with more and more bike lanes in the works, its becoming easier and easier to navigate our city streets. Here are ten resources for anyone interested in cycling Chicago. Bike on, Chicago!
Borrow a bike.
With 3,000 bikes and 300 stations across the city, Divvy is Chicago's premier bike sharing system. If you're looking for a fun, easy, and affordable way to get around Chicago, just head to one of the many Diivy bike stations, purchase an Annual Membership online or get a 24-Hour Pass from any Divvy station, unlock your bike via code and go! For more info, visit divvybikes.com.
Take the kids...on your bike.
If you're looking to rent a bike and transport a kid, too, visit one of Bike and Roll's 4 Chicago locations,: where you can rent not only a bicycle but also a tagalong, a wagon, or a kids seat, too; tandems and kid's bikes are available for rent, too. For more info, visit bikechicago.com.
Navigate Chicago with a handy bike map.
You'll find an awesome bicycle map of the Chicago complete with safety tips here.
Take a (gourmet) city bike tour.
Bike and Roll Chicago also offers some awesome Chicago foodie tours by bike. Tour Chicago's sweet spots - enjoying area bakeries and candy shops - or head out on the Chicago Bikes, Blues and BBQ Tour for a delicious look into the history and food of Hyde Park. the tasty rich flavors and aromas of chocolate, creamy blends, and other yummy treats.You can indulge knowing you'll burn off those calories as you move on to your next stop!
Shop (and bike) local.
The recently opened BFF Bikes in Chicago is more than just a place to buy cool bikes and bike-friendly apparel, this women and community-focused shop also offers weekly rides and workshops.
"Bike the Drive" on May 25.
Once a year, the cars are brushed aside for bikes at the annual Bike the Drive, one of the best bike rides in the nation and an excellent way to kick off summer. If your family likes to bike, Bike the Drive on May 25 is a don't miss start-of-summer event.
Learn more about Chicago architecture...by bike.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation's four to five-mile-long bike tours take you through streets, parks and the city lake front, offering a unique way to explore Chicago architecture. All tours are given by Chicago Architecture Foundation certified volunteer docents who have received hundreds of hours of training about Chicago architecture and history.
Travel Chicago's vibrant neighborhoods by bike.
Bobby's Bike Tours offers a number of tours that delve into the history and culture of our city's best and brightest neighborhoods. Upcoming tours include a tour of lakefront neighborhoods, a Southside gangster tour, and a museums and parks at sunset tour. Bobby's Bike Hikes also offers a "Tike Hike" - a city bike tour perfect for families with kids 10 and under.
Log onto the Chainlink.
The Chainlink is Chicago's online bicycling community, a one-stop Chicagoland resource for connecting cyclists. Share info on bikes, routes, rides, and events. To register for free, visit thechainlink.org.
Set off on a tour of Lake Michigan's lakefront with Le Tour de Shore.
The Tour de Shore is 2-day recreational charity bike ride that sets off from Millennium Park and winds along Lake Michigan, passing the the Indiana Dunes, all the way to City Beach in New Buffalo, MI. You'll travel 100 on dedicated lakefront and duneland bike paths as well as scenic secondary roads.