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Last month I posted on The Chainlink asking members to share their favorite little known cycling routes and ways to escape the hustle-bustle of the city’s most commonly traveled bikeways. I’ve compiled some of your responses into a guide with links to route maps for your reading and riding pleasure:

http://gridchicago.com/2012/chainlinkers-share-their-favorite-stealth-bike-routes/

Keep moving forward,

John Greenfield

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Goose Island to Cherry bridge will also be another approach to get past the Halsted bridge repair. Nice.

Also perhaps use it on the way to see the Polkaholics.

Yeah, I guess the Cherry Street Bridge is more useful than I thought!

Thank you for the post and all these usefull maps!

Sure thing, and thanks for reminding me of the Lower Wacker route, which I've barely used since my messenger days.

I love taking the sidewalk over the Kennedy expressway where Augusta dead ends at Milwaukee - Quick easy way to get to Elston Ave.

The footbridge over the Kennedy at Austin is also a nice "back route" that gets you out of the Foster/ Milwaukee/Northwest Highway/Central mishegas.

Ainslie is a relatively quiet way to go from Milwaukee Ave. (near Jefferson Park station) across the Kennedy.

Ainslie is also a great alternative Eastbound to Lawrence from essentially Elston all the way to the River.  One way, relatively few cars, calm cross streets with four way stops and lights at all major intersections.   And a portion of it just paved.

I stumbled upon Ainslie last month on a long, improvised stroll from Logan Square to the Jeff Park station.

I use Loyola's lakefront sidewalk to avoid all of their constructions and inner jumble of bike unfriendly paths.  In addition to avoiding Sheridan and the Sheridan sidewalk, Loyola's lakefront sidewalk is smooth, pretty and usually quiet and clear.

Just saw this thread.  Probably not a big secret, but I take Buena East to the lakefront trail instead of Montrose or Irving Park.  There's a viaduct at the end of Buena that puts you right on the trail.  

That's one of the nicer ways to get across LSD. On the east side of the viaduct is a sculpture donated to the park district by the Buddhist group Soka Gakkai International. Here's a Newcity cover story I wrote about it: http://newcity.com/2012/12/06/culture-clash-whats-a-sculpture-honor...

in it to win it 8.0 mi said:

Just saw this thread.  Probably not a big secret, but I take Buena East to the lakefront trail instead of Montrose or Irving Park.  There's a viaduct at the end of Buena that puts you right on the trail.  

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