Chicago is a bike-friendly city filled with lots of cool places to explore on two wheels. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or you just want to take a ride, there’s never been a better time to hop on your bike. We’re sharing our favorite cycling spots below. From the 606 to the Riverwalk, here’s where to ride your bike in Chicago.
First up is the 606. Prior to its renovation, the 606 was an abandoned rail line. Nowadays, it offers 2.7 miles of trails that are perfect for cycling, both for recreational use or as an alternative form of transportation. The 606 also offers green space for you to enjoy, passing through several parks and overlooks. Pack a picnic and plan for a day of riding and lounging in the park.
Next on our list is the lakefront, which boasts 18.5 miles of gorgeous trails. Running from the south side to the north side of the city, the trails are perfect for running, walking or cycling. As you ride through the trails, you’ll see gorgeous lake views on one side and Chicago’s stunning skyline on your other side. You’ll also pass museums, beaches, sculptures and more.
North Branch Trail
For an all-day ride, plan to check out the 33-mile north branch trail. You can start or end at the Chicago Botanical Garden, depending on your location. Either way, you’ll whiz past the Chicago river and lots of scenic nature views on the easy-to-ride asphalt path.
Looking for a quick ride? Hop on your bike and ride along Chicago’s newly renovated 1.9-mile Riverwalk. Admire the city’s famed architecture and river views as you cycle under bridges and through the heart of downtown Chicago.
Want more ideas for outdoor activities to do in Chicago this summer? Check out our previous post on the best outdoor activities to do in Chicago.