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Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
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New member here. My wife, two sons, and I are moving back to the Midwest next year after 17+ years away, and I was happy to come across this site to help answer some questions that I have about…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns Oct 28.

 

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OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"There is a pretty significant incline on the North Branch Trail, actually. I rode that for the first and so far only time about a year ago, right after the World Series. (I plan to go back, just haven't had a chance. I live in Edgewater myself…"
Oct 28
Anne Alt replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"The North Branch Trail is pretty nice.Street crossings may require some caution. Bonus at the end of a longer ride - the Botanic Garden. You're much more likely to find uncongested areas west of the city. The Fox River Trail is another good…"
Oct 25
Shawn Evans replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"The North Branch Trail has several crossings of car-choked streets. As always, try before you buy. Caveat Emptor and all that."
Oct 25
Patrick M replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"Thanks, clp, Alex and Brian. The North Branch path looks just like what I was hoping for. (Our kids are two and five, by the way.) Might need to start looking more closely at some of the neighborhoods/suburbs on the north side of the city. "
Oct 24
Patrick M replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"Thanks for the advice, David. Outside of the friends we're leaving here in CA, I'm going to miss the riding most! "
Oct 24
Brian S replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"Seconded.  I live in Albany Park, and can easily take the North Branch Bike Path for ~20 miles one way (with easy extensions to keep going much further in Skokie Valley Trail).  The North Shore Channel Trail starts here, and goes quite a…"
Oct 24
clp replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"You didn't tell us how old your kids are.  But to enjoy a 2-3 hour bike excursion with kids or teens, I'd move to a house within a few blocks of the North Branch Bike Path. This is a fully-paved 33.5 mile bike path that winds through…"
Oct 24
curt(is) locke replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"Once the temps drop below 50 degrees, the LFT really opens up."
Oct 24
David P. replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"The crushed limestone surface of much of the IPP is, I think, perfectly fine - not much different than dirt roads I have ridden in the hills in California. There is very little of the LFP that is north of Andersonville - it ends at Ardmore. For the…"
Oct 24
Patrick M replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"Thanks for the suggestions, Shawn."
Oct 24
Shawn Evans replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"The Prairie Path near Oak Park, in Maywood/Bellwood, is paved but has numerous street crossings. Farther west, in DuPage County, it's limestone and has more infrequent street crossings. The DesPlaines River Trail is a dirt path. The only time I…"
Oct 23
Patrick M replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"Thanks, George. Appreciate the tips. "
Oct 23
George Schick replied to Patrick M's discussion Moving to Chicago area - advice requested
"Welcome to the Chicagoland area, Patrick.  But I'm afraid that your cycling options are going to be somewhat limited compared to what you've experienced in the Bay Area and Sacramento.  The only "hills" you are likely…"
Oct 23
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Oct 23
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Moving to Chicago area - advice requested

New member here. My wife, two sons, and I are moving back to the Midwest next year after 17+ years away, and I was happy to come across this site to help answer some questions that I have about cycling options in the Chicago area.We've been in California most of our time away (mostly SF/Oakland..Sacramento the last 18 months) and have been spoiled for cycling options (Oakland especially). While I realize hills are going to be hard to come by near Chicago, I'd like to have a decent two to three…See More
Oct 23
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Oct 23

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What I ride:
Road, Cyclocross
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise
What brings you to The Chainlink?
Google search -- looking for more info about Chicago cycling prior to a possible move there.

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