Talk of The Town: July 2019
Hit The Road
Experience summer on two wheels! This month we’re hitching a ride along the best bike trails, digging up the smartest tech and tips for a smooth commute, and checking out some of the coolest bespoke bike shops throughout the city.
To Chicago and Beyond
Some of the best trails and rides can be found just a few minutes from home, so why not get out and explore?
Wine and dine through the city
Start: Hollywood Grill, 1601 W North Ave
End: Weegee’s Lounge, 3659 W Armitage Ave
One of the easiest to travel pathways in the city, this ride takes you along the Bloomingdale Trail, also known as the 606. Stretching from Bucktown to Humboldt Park without traffic interruptions, this trail is perfect for cruising. Hop on and off to experience some of the best dining and drinking in the area. Be sure to grab a shake from local favorite, Irazu (1865 N Milwaukee Ave), for an energy boost!
Take the scenic route
Start: Devon Ave and McCormick Blvd
End: McCormick Blvd and Dempster St
Packed with over 60 works of art along the Chicago River, this ride along The North Shore Channel Trail takes you through the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park. Looking for an added challenge? Extend the ride beyond the sculptures—the Ladd Arboretum in Evanston is just up the path.
Experience breathtaking beauty
Start: Baha’i House of Worship, 100 Linden Ave, Wilmette
End: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe
The only one of its kind in North America, this ride kicks off near the Baha’i Temple—the Green Bay Trail is just steps away, or travel along Sheridan Road for lake views—eventually taking you to the North Branch Trail. Wind through the Skokie Lagoons before rolling into the Botanic Garden’s 385-acres. Tired from your journey? The Metra’s Braeside stop is close by!
Day trip to Indiana
Start: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr
End: 3 Floyds Brewpub, 9750 Indiana Pkwy, Munster
Did you know there are a variety of bike paths that will take you straight into another state? Stretching 40-miles along the lakefront, the Lakefront Trail takes you through the south side before connecting with Burnham Greenway, Wolf Lake Trail, and Lake County Monon Trail—all of which will carry you over the border to 3 Floyds. Push yourself another 10 miles west to Flossmoor Station Brewing Company for a growler while you’re at it, before catching the Metra (conveniently located next to the brewery) back to the city.
Make Biking a Breeze
Bring your biking experience into the 21st century with some cool gear and smart tech!
An innovative Bluetooth-connected bicycle bell, Blubel doubles as a navigational guide to get you from point A to point B safely. Using your phone’s GPS, Blubel displays simplified directions through the bell’s LED design.
This next-generation bicycle helmet includes integrated LED lights with brake and turn signals. Simply tap the helmet’s Bluetooth handlebar-mounted remote to communicate to motorists.
Topeak Trolley Tote
This folding rear bike basket comes complete with a telescopic handle and wheels, making it the perfect companion to your farmers market trips. Smart and simple, this bike accessory makes shopping on two wheels easier.
A bright pair of LEDs that give cyclists 360-degree visibility, no matter the weather conditions, WingLights also function as handlebar-mounted turn signals.
Shopping For Some Wheels?
Chicago is home to some of the coolest bike shops in the country, so why not pick out your next set of wheels at one of these great locations.
- Heritage Bicycles
2959 N Lincoln Ave | heritagebicycles.com
Part retro coffee house, part custom bike shop, Heritage Bicycles is a full-service manufacturer of tailor-made bicycles. With several classic styles to choose from—and two kids styles available—each of these streamlined options takes 4 to 6 weeks to craft. Models start at $300
- J.C. Lind Bike Co.
311 N Wells St | jclindbikes.com
An exclusively European bike retailer, this boutique focuses on Dutch brands like Urban Arrow and Gazelle. Built for the rider’s comfort, this unique shop allows buyers to test drive their picks. They even have several options perfect for transporting the family around the city! Models start at $1200
- Get a Grip Cycles
621 W Fulton St | getagripcycles.com
One of the city’s most high-tech bike shops, Get a Grip Cycles works with some of the world’s top custom and semi-custom bike manufacturers to create a truly bespoke ride for clients. From triathlete to commuter, the process usually starts with a fit assessment—just think of Get a Grip Cycles as your bike tailor! Assessments start at $325, with models ranging from $2,000–$7,000
They may not all be custom-made, but these other local shops offer a wide selection of bicycles and accessories for cyclists of every skill level and age.
Roscoe Village Bikes 2016 W Roscoe St | roscoevillagebikes.com
Comrade Cycles 1908 W Chicago Ave | comradecycles.com
Bucephalus Bikes 1424 Lake St, Evanston | bucephalusbikes.com
Barnard’s Schwinn 6109 W North Ave, Oak Park | barnardsschwinn.com
Village Cycle Center 1337 N Wells St | villagecycle.com
Kozy’s Cyclery Various locations | kozy.com