Join us as we provide an in-depth guided look at the different regions of the Lower Lake Michigan Basin Area by Bike.
FEATURED EVENT: PASSAGE TO THE ROCK
A Three Day Festival Connecting Chicago to Starved Rock State Park.
Fri, Aug 24, 2018, through Sun, Aug 26, 2018
Drive or bike down.
A celebration of the I&M Canal Corridor, Trails, Nature, & People.
Join us for a Three Day, two night weekend festival as we celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial connecting Chicago to Starved Rock State Park. With Key Note Speakers | Lodging Options | Food, Drank, & Music | Biking & Hiking | Trail Expansion Presentations | And More
A celebration of the I&M Canal Corridor, Trails, Nature, & People.
The Lost Valley Bike Campout -July 27th, 28th, 29th 2018
Three Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Lost Valley Glacial Park.
Fri, Jul 27, 2018, 5:00 AM – Sun, Jul 29, 2018, 7:30 PM CDT
Hike in Lost Valley | Island Party | And Stories of the Untold
Ridership Level: moderate-advanced | Pace: 12mph | Travel time: 7 hours | Mileage: Day One 95 | Day Two Exploration | Day Three 95 | Round-trip 190
Learn about the topography, get googly-eyed over king styled mansions & Hollywood movie homes. We'll celebrate with live music near beach volleyball courts, discover two State Parks in one day, overnight in a cabin, and the list goes on! This all comes with history, architecture and nature by our Guides. See what's included and read the full bike tour description >>
Family Campout: Shabbona Woods -Aug 10th, 11th, 12th 2018
A Two Day Bike Camping Trip from Logan Square to Shabbona Woods.
Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 9:30 AM – Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 4:30 PM CDT
Ridership Level: Easy | Pace 10 mph | Mileage: Day One: 29 Miles | Day Two: Exploration | Day Three: 29 miles
Travel south over bridges, canals, and railroads to a hidden gem among the industrial past of Chicago - Camp Shabbona Woods. At twenty-nine miles from Logan Square and sixteen miles from Hyde Park, this is an accessible ride for beginners with a route almost entirely on bike paths or bike lanes that include the Lakefront Path, the new South Lake Shore Drive extension bike lanes, Calumet Park, Wolf Creek Park, and the Burnham Greenway.
W.T.F. Campout -August 11th & 12th 2018
A Two Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Illinois Beach State Park.
Ship Wrecks | Bio-Diversity | World Turning
Ridership Level: Moderate | Pace 12 mph | Mileage: Day One 52 | Day Two 80 miles
This ride brings us through the North Shore ravines, prairies, bluffs, and dunes that lie beyond Chicago as we ride towards the youngest land in Illinois, and enter Illinois Beach State Park. Welcome to a landscape that changes on every visit, where ice volcanoes, quick sand, and ridge and swales develop and shift throughout the year.
As we traverse north, we'll feast our eyes upon architectural masterpieces, learn about towns, the lay of the land, and the unique ecosystems along the way, as we drop knowledge on top of your noggins at each break point.
At the Park: We'll explore the Dead River, go on a guided Nature walk, and learn what the Chicago area looked like before European settlement. And what better way to end our first day of riding than to relax around a campfire and waves on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Day 2 we will bike our back south through the DesPlaines River Valley and back to Chicago. Led by Anna H.
Family Campout: Tour to the Dunes -Aug 31st, Sep 1st, 2nd, & 3rd 2018
A Four Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
-Fri, Aug 31, 2018, 9:30 AM – Mon, Sep 3, 2018, 4:30 PM CDT
Ridership Level: Advanced | Pace 12 mph | Mileage: Day 1: 29 Miles | Day 2: 38 Miles | Day 3: 38 Miles | Day 4: 29 Miles
If you are ready for some serious mileage, are curious about trying bike touring with your family, and are looking for a beautiful ride and destination, then this trip is for you.
We depart from Logan Square and traverse the South Side of Chicago via the Lakefront Trail and the Burnham Greenway to our first night at Camp Shabbona Woods where we'll tent camp. Day two, we enter Northwest Indiana and follow the Oak Savannah Trail and Prairie Duneland Trail to Indiana Dunes State Park for tent camping. On day three, we return to Camp Shabbona Woods to cabin camp. Day four sees our triumphant return home to Chicago.
The Great Marsh: Migrations from the North -Sept. 29th - 30th 2018
A Two Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 7:00 AM – Sun, Sep 30, 2018, 7:11 PM CDT
Trails | Wetlands | Flight | Dunes
A Ride to Indiana Dunes from Chicago, in association with "Bike Your Park day".
Ridership Level: Easy | Pace 12 mph | Travel time: 5 hours | Mileage: Day One 65 | Day Two Train
The Great Marsh is the largest interdunal wetland in the Lake Michigan watershed and we are going to put you in the heart of it. We will learn about bird migration, the struggle and birth of a National Park, and of course hike the dunes. Day Two is full of exploration of the park by foot and Day 1 is the all about the bike ride with historical breakpoints.
The Lake Michigan shoreline of Southern Chicago and Northwestern Indiana reveal the marks of a century-long conflict over land use in the region. Sand dunes, steel mills, power lines, marsh land, and a commercial harbor share a ten-mile stretch along the lakeshore. These blimp in time squabbles may pale in comparison to what laid here tens of thousands of years ago... We'll learn the struggle for a National Park and discover the birthplace of ecology, the rise of Steel, and pop in one of the last remaining wood-smoked seafood shacks in Illinois, for a mouth-watering snack.
Let's transport back to the 1893's Worlds fair as we cruise along Chicago's world class museum campuses, Daniel Burnham, and Jackson Parks, to the beginnings of green spaces in Chicago.
And most important of all, spend an evening enjoying the Sand Dunes of the Indiana Dunes Lake Shore and State Park.
The North Loop Ride -200 Miles | Two Days
A Two Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Chain-O-Lakes State Park.
-Sat, Oct 6, 2018, 5:30 AM – Sun, Oct 7, 2018, 7:30 PM CDT
Featuring: Glaciers | Topography | And Stories of the Untold
Ridership Level: moderate-advanced | Pace: 12mph | Travel time: 7 hours | Mileage: Day One 95 | Day Two 95 | Round-trip 190
Learn about the topography, get googly-eyed over king styled mansions & Hollywood movie homes. We'll celebrate with live music near beach volleyball courts, discover two State Parks in one day, overnight in a cabin, and the list goes on! This all comes with history, architecture and nature by our Guides.
Pedal along ancient Shorelines, where woolly mammoths once trekked and American Indians footed through native lands. Meander and traverse through prairies and oak savannas, under leafy green canopies and wide eyed vistas. Witness the brilliance of engineering architects as you roll through canyoning towers of stone and steel marvels built by the mighty hands of men from around the world. This well deserved bike adventure is as bright as the gleaming blue waters of Lake Michigan coupled with farmland rural roads, historic towns, and rolling rivers. It will refresh the needing adventure.
Autumn Sun Harvest Tour
Two Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Illinois Beach State Park.
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 7:00 AM – Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 7:30 PM CDT
Fall Color Tour | Bike overnight | 2 Days
Ridership Level: Easy-Moderate | Pace: 12mph | Travel time: 5 hours | Mileage: Day One 52 | Day Two 65
Get ready for crisp cool air mornings and the smell of autumn, as we tour the forests of Northeastern Illinois. A seasonal landscape, where vast tracks of color flush red, yellow and autumn bronze, in the valley of the DesPlaines. A regional ride through the woods and prairies that lie beyond Chicago. But before we get there… house pumpkins, gourds, and cider fill the north shore communities, as we travel north and feast our eyes upon architectural masterpieces.
Learn about the towns, the lay of the land, and the unique ecosystems along the way, as we drop knowledge on top of your noggins at each break point.
We’ll ride to and camp on the youngest land in the state at Illinois Beach State Park, discover the Dead River, go on a guided Nature walk, and learn what the Chicago area looked like before European settlement. And what better way to end our first day of riding than to relax around a campfire, on a cool night with warm apple cider on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Day 2 Fall Foliage. Full Day in the The Woods. Lunch at Chicago Botanical Gardens. Plus so much more…
This is not an out and back route but a true bike loop starting at Buckingham Fountain, to the Wisconsin State Line, through the Valley of DesPlaines, and back to the city metropolis –Chicago. Gather some friends, check out the itinerary, and let’s have a good time.
Decemberg: Winter in the Woods
The History and Beginnings of the Forest Preserves. A Two-Day Bike Camping Trip
Sat, Dec 8, 2018, 7:00 AM – Sun, Dec 9, 2018, 2:00 PM CST
Board the Dark Matter Star Lounge and land at Camp Reinberg for a winter night in the woods. A Two Bike Camping Trip exploring and learning the history and beginnings of the Forest Preserves. Happening Sat. & Sun. December 9th-10th
Registration Coming Soon