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Where to park when biking lakeshore?

My wife and I have never biked the lakeshore and are planning on going tomorrow. We will be coming from Bourbonnais and getting near the lake shore around 9:30am.

Where is the best place to park?

We are road bikers and want to get something out of this ride. Are there routes posted somewhere or a route to take that would be a good blend between a workout and leisure(we ave around 18-19 mph...not looking to match that)?

We will be heading towards Millenium park area for lunch...not sure if that changes anything.

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I'd park North, maybe around Foster. From there you could grab the bike path and head south. You have to pay to park....everywhere.

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A little north of Foster is the beginning (or end) of the bike path, You can take that to the south end at 67th street or so (you will see a field house) That route is about 15 miles each way
I ride along here a few times a week.

If you park in the park you will have to pay.
If you go along marine drive north of foster you may get a spot on one of the side streets.

Monday may be a quieter day but you have to be pretty aware as people are clueless.


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Thanks guys! We will look to park around foster. 30 miles spuds great!

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It's hard to get a good workout ride on the lakefront path. In particular during the summer when the beaches are open. Too many people not watching a damm thing that they are doing. If you want to bike it to see the sights its nice but I avoid it this time of the year. In fact I try to avoid it all year . The only time I ride it is if out of towners want to see the city a bit by bike. There are just so many better places to ride for a workout.
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It's hard to get a good workout ride on the lakefront path. In particular during the summer when the beaches are open. Too many people not watching a damm thing that they are doing. If you want to bike it to see the sights its nice but I avoid it this time of the year. In fact I try to avoid it all year . The only time I ride it is if out of towners want to see the city a bit by bike. There are just so many better places to ride for a workout.
I think weekdays are pretty empty(by comparison) and really only slow down in a couple spots. You can really fly from McCormick south.

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Weekdays are better
I only go there on weekends if I get up very early.

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Yes weekdays are better. Better when the kids are back in school and the beaches are closed too. It is better south of Mcormick place but its roughly half the trail to get to that point. The pavement sucks in many spots. Lots of street crossings.

I avoid it.
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Well, since we were eating at the Gage and doing other stuff down town, we just ended up parking at Grant Park South. We got a little over 30 miles in and averaged around 17mph. There weren't a whole lot of people out due to it being Monday and the heat.

Thanks for the info. It was a lot of fun...we will definitely do it again.


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I manage to check the site about 2-3 times a week. I always look in the classifieds (wishful thinking), Hunters Corner, and H & F. With no more motorcycles, I found it fitting to pick up 4 more hobbies to replace it. I still keep an eye out and we both would like to have a cycle, but with two kids, I would never forgive myself if something happened. Although, I do see a PW in the future!

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