Explore Cycling in Chicago
Whether for leisure, exercise or simply to avoid horrendous automobile traffic, cycling in Chicago is a popular means of transport. The Chicago Department of Transportation offers free maps of all the city’s bike trails, including a bike path running along Lake Michigan from the South Side to the North Side with fantastic views of sailboats and skyline. Numerous other off-street paths can be found throughout the city, including paved and multi-use trails in surrounding Cook County Forest Preserves. For cyclists seeking a unique experience, the annual Bike the Drive event each spring shuts down traffic on Lake Shore Drive and opens the road exclusively to thousands powering their own two wheels.