Chicago Community Area #16 sits 7 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Prior to being annexed to Chicago in 1889, the suburban communities that make up today’s Irving Park Community Area fell outside the city’s post-fire ban on wood-frame construction. The result is a community rich with some of the oldest surviving construction in the city. After Irving Park joined Chicago, the area experienced even greater prosperity spurring decades of significant architecture development creating one of the greatest built environments in all of Chicago. It features comfortably nestled neighborhoods such as the Villa, (a registered National and City Historic Landmark), Old Irving, Independence Park and Grayland. Irving Park, the community area, is convenient to both public transportation and the interchange of I90/94.
This is a bicycle riding history and architectural tour of Irving Park lasting roughly 4 to 5 hours, 15 to 17 miles at a casual pace.
Rides are $10.