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Shamrocks and Shenanigans Cycling Tour


Shamrocks and Shenanigans Cycling Tour

Time: March 11, 2018 from 8am to 5pm
Location: Daley Plaza
Street: 50 W Washington St
City/Town: Chicago, IL 60602
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Event Type: bicycle tour, cycling, architecture
Organized By: Tom Limon
Latest Activity: yesterday

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Let’s bike to the neighborhood of Beverly to attend the South Side Irish Parade, then tour Chicago’s Only Castle. During this ride, we will have the opportunity to meet Errol Magidson, author of “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and It’s keepers.” We will then cycle through the amazing architecture of Beverly and learn about the history of the region by resident cyclist Anne Alt. This ride will be the first official Adventure Cycling Tour of 2018.

Date: Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $25 (Includes a donation to the castle)
Registration Link:
Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
Brunch: Ellie's Cafe (Ellie's accepts cash, credit, or debit please check out their menu prior to the ride)
Total Distance Round Trip: 35 Miles
Average Speed: 10-12 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop
Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks, camera, and wear something green.

We will kick off our Adventure from Daley Plaza, cycle along The Chicago River Walk to see spectacular views of the Chicago River dyed green, then visit Wolf Point and The Eastland Disaster site. Next, we will work our way up the lake front to cross the newly constructed 35th Street Bridge. We will continue through Bronzeville and Bridgeport, then head south to Beverly. Once in Beverly, we will tour the amazing architecture of the neighborhood and learn about its history, enjoy lunch at Ellie’s Cafe, walk through the Givins’ Irish Castle, then watch the South Side Irish Day Parade. The return trip will take us through a portion of the Major Taylor Trail, built in honor of the African-American bicycle racer, civil rights pioneer, and author. We will make a final stop at Marquette Park, then head back to downtown Chicago.

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Comment by Tom Limon yesterday

One of the highlights of this Adventure Cycling Tours event will be exploring inside The Givin’s Irish Castle and meeting with Errol Magidson, author of “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and It’s keepers.” which can be found on Amazon

Errol is providing us a presentation covering material in his book and dvd. The castle was built between 1886-1887 and is nestled up on the highest ridge in Chicago. I found an article from 2013 where you can learn more about the geology of the ridge and how it was formed. I’m sure more info on this topic can be found at the Ridge Historical Society.

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