WISCONSIN TO CHICAGO - 4 GREAT TRAILS
ROBERT McCLORY BIKE PATH
GREEN BAY TRAIL - NORTH SHORE CHANNEL TRAIL
CHICAGO LAKEFRONT TRAIL
Start the day with a cup of coffee in hand and your feet in Wisconsin, just a short hour drive from Palatine. You start your ride into the dark knowing the sunrise is minutes away. Pass through or by Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Illinois Beach State Park, as you make your way to the Green Bay Trail. Continue south, Sheridan Road to your left, The Botanic Garden to your right. Ride from Glenco to Kenilworth with shops, parks, restrooms all the way. Next The North Shore Channel Trail, Some may think this is the best park of your journey. About halfway you'll pass through Lincolnwood Centennial Park the perfect place for lunch. Finally pick up the Chicago Lakefront Trail at Montrose Beach. 19 miles of lakefront and many amenities. North Avenue Beach, OakStreet Beach, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, The Shed, The Field, Solder Field, you'll see them. Keep going, your day is almost done. 31st Street Beach, Burnham Park Fitness Station, Morgan Point, Promontory Point, 63rd Street Beach and end at South Shore Nature Sanctuary.
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The Original Bike Taxi is your ticket to adventure. One-way, round trip, or 4-14 hour charters are available everyday. We provide transportation from your home to trail-head. We can stay on-call to provide support or return the next day. We can drop your gear off at a hotel of your choice.
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Sample pricing from THE PALATINE AREA to the trail-heads
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PALATINE TO BRAESIDE METRA STATION - UP TO 6 PEOPLE $100
PALATINE TO THE WISCONSIN BOARDER OR TO CHICAGO - UP TO 6 PEOPLE $120
BEST VALUE: 15 HOUR CHARTER UP TO 6 PEOPLE $360
With charters, we stay behind you as close to the trail as possible. We will meet you at areas of your choice multiple times throughout the day. We can carry all your gear, tools, cooler, extra clothes, even an extra bike. Going sightseeing or into a restaurant for lunch. Put the bikes back on the van-no worries of theft. Someone breaks down, Someone gets hurt, One tap-We're one our way.
Robert McClory Bike Path
The Robert McClory Bike Path runs the length of Lake County, knitting together a string of communities on the north shore of Chicago all the way to the Wisconsin border. In 1997, the trail was named after a Republican congressman who served the area for 20 years.
The 25-mile bike path primarily follows the route of the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, which expanded all the way to Milwaukee in 1919 as an electric interurban freight and passenger railroad. It ceased operations in 1963 after ridership declined. The trail also uses low-traffic city streets. A Metra commuter railway connects Chicago to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Union Pacific Railroad tracks that parallel much of the trail.
The trail surface consists of asphalt in the south; concrete where the path leaves the rail corridor and follows city streets; and a finely screened limestone that offers a good, hard base for most trail uses in the north. It’s hemmed in by residential and commercial districts, though it does pass some parks and forest preserves. In the south, the trail connects with the Green Bay Trail at the county line, while in the north it meets the Kenosha County Bike Trail at the state line. US Bicycle Route 37 and the Grand Illinois Trail both occupy parts of the trail.
The Green Bay Trail
The 9-mile Green Bay Trail runs parallel to Chicago's Metra commuter rail line north of the Chicago city limits. Stretching through North Shore towns such as Kenilworth, Winnetka, Highland Park and Lake Bluff, the corridor is flanked by restaurants, shops, community parks and beautiful homes. Because the trail stays generally within a mile of Lake Michigan, you can take any number of on-road side trips for beachfront views of the lake.
The Green Bay Trail runs along the east side of Chicago's Metra Union Pacific North line (UP-N commuter rail) almost entirely along the route of the former Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee (CNS&M) interurban electric railroad, from Greenleaf Avenue in downtown Wilmette to the junction of Saint Johns Avenue & Sheridan Road at the southern edge of downtown Highland Park. Here it turns into the Robert McClory Bike Path.
The trail is suitable for even the youngest of riders, although the route does use some sidewalks and even a very small portion of residential road in Kenilworth. In addition, the surface alternates between asphalt and crushed limestone. Inexperienced cyclists and those with young children should use particular caution at road crossings and with any road riding.
The North Shore Channel Trail
The North Shore Channel Trail extends from the junction of Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard in northern Evanston to the junction of Lawrence Avenue and Francisco Avenue in Chicago. All but the last 0.25 mile runs alongside the North Shore Channel, a drainage and aeration canal built in 1909; the last 0.25 mile follows the North Branch of the Chicago River.
For most of the way, a trail occupies both sides of the North Shore Channel.
The trail on the west side is crushed limestone from Green Bay Road to Golf Road/Emerson Street and asphalt to Lincoln Avenue then again to halfway between Bryn Mawr and Foster avenues. Users will find a narrow dirt path to Foster Avenue before having to use Albany Avenue to Carmen Avenue. The trail becomes asphalt again to Lawrence. All street crossings are at grade and all crossings north of Lincoln Av have traffic lights.
The east side trail is asphalt from Green Bay Road to Lyons Street (halfway between Emerson St and Church St). Then use McDaniels Avenue to Dempster Street, cutting through the playground on the west side of the grade school at McDaniels or using the alley on the east side. Dempster to Main is asphalt, Main to halfway between Main and Oakton is gravel (not crushed limestone), then asphalt the rest of the way to Oakton. One block north of Oakton you'll find a dog park; also nearby is a dock from which you can launch canoes.
The Chicago Lakefront Trail
The Chicago Lakefront Trail is aptly named; it spans 19 miles along the shore of Lake Michigan, going right through downtown Chicago and passing many cultural and tourist attractions throughout the city.
The trail starts at the south end of the South Shore Cultural Center, about 9.5 miles south of downtown Chicago. You begin your ride through Jackson Park and soon pass the Museum of Science and Industry and Promontory Point, a lovely peninsula that provides your first views of the skyline.
You’ll pedal through Burnham Park, which maintains a few nature sanctuaries and harbors. A bit farther north, you’ll catch a few more interesting sights, such as Soldier Field, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium, just be-fore you enter Grant Park in downtown Chicago. You have reached the center of the city—and you can certainly tell! Tourists and locals flock to this portion of the trail, which provides direct access to Navy Pier, a former navy center that now maintains restaurants, shops, and carnival rides.
As you continue, you’ll find yourself surrounded by Lincoln Park, which is home to a zoo, conservatory, and nature museum. To your right, you’ll see one of Chicago’s most popular beaches, North Avenue Beach, which lines the lake. A few miles farther north, you’ll pass a couple more beaches—Montrose Beach and Foster Beach—and your ride will end as you hit Kathy Osterman Beach.
Throughout the trail, you’ll find ample amenities, such as restrooms, water fountains, and concessions. Do be wary of traffic as you near the center of downtown; there are a number of intersections to cross, as well as increased foot and bike traffic. And don’t forget your bike lock if you plan to stop at any of the numerous attractions along the way, and, of course, bring your camera.