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Chicago bike routes for every cyclist

Tour Chicago (and beyond) on two wheels with our guide to the best bike routes for new and experienced riders


By Chris Zois and Zach Long

Posted: Tuesday March 7 2017


Neal O'Bryan

There’s never been a better time to be a cyclist in Chicago. New bike paths are popping up around the city, Divvy stations are more accessible than ever before and each season offers a new reason to cruise the streets atop two wheels. To celebrate our biking renaissance and help you make the most of Chicago from your triangular perch, we put together a list of routes for cyclists of all skill levels, along with a few pits stops (from breweries to museums) to break up each trip. So snap on that helmet, grease those gears and get ready to pedal.

Bike routes for everyone

Divvy rides

Rent a bike and go somewhere amazing (in 30 minutes or less)

Casual rides

Novice bikers can easily get around Chicago using these simple routes

Hard-core rides

If you're an experienced cyclist, these expert routes will be a breeze

Long-distance rides

Go the distance on these lengthy trips to the suburbs

Gear up for your ride

The best bike shops in Chicago

You'll be pedaling down the 606 or zipping through Chicago's bike lanes in no time with our list of the best bike shops.

Where to buy used bikes in Chicago

Quality used bikes in Chicago can be hard to find, but we know where to look.