We are thrilled to announce our 2018 lineup of family bike camping trips!
This year's series is designed to showcase the amazing diversity of routes and destinations that can all be reached in less than 30 miles.
We have something for everyone: easy to advanced, bike trails, street riding, off-road, and a mini-tour.
Out Our Front Door is a supportive community of cyclists so whether you are trying family bike camping for the first time or are an experienced cycling family, we hope you join us on one of our fun rides listed below.
This years first newsletter includes our 2018 lineup of bike camping trips, up coming events, 2nd city cycle swap, the Volunteer Expo, new additions to the team and more.
Free Event: Chicago Volunteer Expo
Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 10 AM - 4 PM
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60614 | view map
The History and Beginnings of the Forest Preserves
A Two Day Bike Camping Trip
Decemberg: Winter in the Woods
-Date: December 9th thru 10th
-Start/Meet: 7:00 am Saturday at Dark Matter Coffee Mothership 738 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60612 (view map)
-Bike to & Overnight: Camp Reinberg in Deer Grove Forest Preserve
-Finish: 1:00 pm Sunday at Graceland Cemetery 4001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
-Pace: Casual, we ride together as a group at 12mph. No one is left behind, a Guide is always riding in the front and the back
-Mileage: 45 Day One | 32 Day Two
-Lodging: Two Options
Save the Date: Facebook Event
A New Youth Environmental Education Program
The Out Our Front Door Organization has been selected as a finalist for the Delta Emerging Leaders BOOST Grant.
Join us as we present our new youth program, who we are, and where we are going on stage in front of a live audience against 4 other finalists for a chance to seed our early organizational growth on Tuesday November 14th at Chop Shop in Wicker Park! Housed in a 100-year-old former auto body shop, the Chop Shop is Chicago’s only sustainable butcher + deli + restaurant + bar with a 6,000 square foot event space and concert venue.
Sunday October 8th 2017 9:00 am: Logan Square Monument to Forest Glen Wild Ride.
TO SAVE THE DATE: Find us on our Facebook event page @OutOurFrontDoor
Back from the underground to satisfy your woodland soul. Featuring: The Serbians of Sunnyday Tap, Plain and Simple Bike Rides and The House of OOFD.
For Play Study & Health: A Bike Ride from Logan Square to the North Branch Trail's Forest Glen Woods Preserve and back for a hands on experience that will literally last a lifetime.
If you ever wondered what the Chicago woods inhabit then you are cordially invited to this wild ride. Come for the camaraderie and leave with community.
Explore Your State, National, or Local Park By Bike.
Saturday September 30th 2017
The Out Our Front Door Organization is inviting the public to join a Bike Your Park Day ride on September 30, 2017 – a national event that encourages people to explore nearby parks and public lands by bicycle on the same day.
Of Gravel. Dirt. Roads & Paths.
A moonlit bike camping adventure through Illinois Indiana Michigan and Wisconsin.
The idea for the ride was conceived by Out Our Front Door Organization's very own Kyle Trebotich on an excursion from Starved Rock State Park and implemented and designed by Anna H. a Chainlink race team member and an OOFD Field Guide, Thomas TK a donor for Working Bikes, and Andrew the Prairie Rambler from The House of OOFD. Together the three of them set off from Chicago.
The 4x4 Bike Tour is a bike-camp ramble through four States, four breweries, and done in four days all while using four modes of transportation. Hence the name. It takes you through the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin where you will be greeted by beautiful people, discover new landscapes to enjoy, and not to mention crossing big blue Lake Michigan by Boat.
Although the path may change and the places and people you will visit will become anew, what does remain the same is that you bike 4 states and 4 breweries by using 4 modes of transportation done in at least 4 days. Hint, one transportation mode is your bike.
With a little creativity and ingenuity you can imagine the possibilities of what this weekend getaway can look like. So we encourage you to to explore your own path.
Story, map, and route down below.
Great Marshes and Great Migrations:
Protecting and Restoring Critical Bird Habitat in the Calumet Region
By Audubon Great Lakes Conservation Science Associate Stephanie Beilke
Wednesday September 20th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
At HI Hostel Chicago
24 East Congress Parkway
Chicago, Illinois 60605
"Immersing and educating in our history, culture, and the uniquely beautiful natural habitats of the Lower Lake Michigan Basin Area"
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