Chicago is a world class city, and nothing beats taking in its beauty and energy on two wheels. Thanks to former mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago has tremendous bicycle infrastructure with well marked and protected bike lanes throughout the city.
If you’re visiting Chicago from out of town and didn’t happen to pack a bicycle in your luggage, the city has an extensive network of “classic” bikes (you know, the ones that require you to manually pedal), as well as electronic bikes that you’ll find at “Divvy” stations throughout the city.
If you’re familiar with Citi Bikes in New York or Bay Wheels in San Francisco, Divvy is Chicago’s local equivalent. You essentially pick up a bike at a station - many of which are conveniently located near public transportation stops, parks, and other popular areas of the city - and drop it off at the same or another station when you’re done.
You have three options for renting a Divvy bike:
- Lyft App - Recommended option as you likely already have the Lyft app, overall it’s just an easier experience for the one-time / casual rider.
- Divvy App - Deeper functionality, more geared towards locals and people with subscriptions.
- Station Kiosk - You can use the touchscreen display at the station with a credit card. I prefer to use an app, but if you need to rent multiple bikes at once on a single credit card transaction, you’ll need to do that manually using the kiosk.
OK, now that we all have bikes, let’s explore some routes and paths that let Chicago show off what an amazing city it is…
Working on it…
Obviously I’m still writing this page. I use it to warm up since bike routes in Chicago is obviously not the most important topic in the world right now. Why do I write drafts on a public website? Well, first of all I don’t think anyone actualy reads this stuff. Second, I don’t know…maybe it’s an accountability thing in that I don’t want random vomit drafts like this showing up on my personal / professional website? I think most importantly though, I am trying to live the processes I design in order to find opportunities for deep efficiency and innovation…right now I am just spitting out words on a Notion page, but within minutes this will be sucked into the magical website vortex that turns it into a nicely formatted web page. Isn’t technology amazing?
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Ken Griffin connection
Wood (is good)
Bridge to 18th Street
31st Street Beach
Reggies Rock Club
18th Street Bridge
Tacos and Tamales
North Branch Trail
Hackney’s on Harm
North Shore Channel Trail
Des Plaines River Trail
Biking to music venues
Wrigley Field (Valet)