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What Are Your Favorite Chicago-Area Bike Lanes, Paths & Routes?

Ok, now that we've been exploring the routes we avoid, what are routes you prefer to take? Whether you are commuting, going for a weekend bike ride, or just heading to the grocery store, do you have some favorite bike routes?

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I'm assuming Mike meant that path north of Belmont that goes along the west side of the river, to the east end of Roscoe. Right by WMS'(formerly Williams) headquarters, and where Cafe Tola(former Franks Meats Patty, and of course former Hot Doug's) is located.

Right, I've never taken it as I thought it was private, but it is probably a good "secret squirrel" kind of route. California is a great street.

It is NOT private but was built in such a way by the condos to suggest it is and to discourage its use.  There are boat docks with "Keep Out" signs but are never locked.  This is public land along the river.  Anybody can use the boat landing as well.

The downside (perhaps intended) is that there is no curb cut from Belmont to get to the path. You need to either jump the curb or ride on the sidewalk.

 Thanks - the Chicago River has a very complicated history of "riparian rights," I assumed the development had those.  I learn something every day...!

Strava heat map combines all the recorded and upload routes into one map.  http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#9/-88.66791/41.93702/blue/bike 

Interesting way to find popular rural rides!

South Lakefront Trail in autumn and spring, Martin Luther King Drive on summery weekend days, 18th east of Halsted always for the views. For the heck of it, the "south Lake Sore Drive extension" is taking the place of Elston in my heart; Elston just isn't how it used to be.

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