I just moved from Evanston to Northbrook. I'm looking for the best route from Willow and Phingston to the Lakefront bike path.
Grew up in Northbrook and ride through there quite often to get to various routes. I imagine you are also of the mindset that you'd be willing to go slightly out of the way to take a safer route. It's a lot of complicated steps. I will send you a message.
The early part of that trip may be tough; not a lot of bike-friendly roads up there.
When I'm coming into Chicago from the NW suburbs, I usually ride east from Phingston through the residential streets north of Techny....Farnsworth, Brentwood, etc. And work my way down to Summerton to Techny, where I go east to Waukegan Road...not terribly pleasant. But decent shoulders and traffic speeds. Then I go south on Waukegan, through the Kraft complex, and emerge on Willow, where I scamper two blocks to Sunset Ridge, where a sidewalk begins on the south side of Willow. The hard part is over.
I ride the Willow sidewalk around the curve and go south on the first through street (Gramaere, before Wagner) and take the first left on Bosworth, going east. Bosworth is an undiscovered secret route: it dead ends at a bike bridge across the North Branch of the Chicago River, to allow you to take a right turn on Northfield Road.
Two blocks south on Northfield Rd is the beginning of the North Branch Bike Trail, which you can follow 12 miles south to Forest Glen in Chicago. From there I usually ride Elston south-east, and take Montrose east to the Lake! Good luck!
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I think Glenview Rd or Church Street is best to either get you east.
Wind you way through the neighborhood behind the shopping center at the southeast corner of Willow/Pfingston. I have ridden Pfingston on a weekend but do not recommend it during the week. Greenwood goes south through that neighborhood. Look at a map and find the streets that work best for you.
I would go Quail to Briar to Greenwood. Greenwood south to Winnetka and backtrack to Pfingston. You may want to ride a sidewalk a block to get you to West Lake and then...
West Lake and head east into the Glen. Take Patriot south and cross East Lake St into another neighborhood as you exit the Glen. You are on a sidewalk by a mini park and get on Swainwood off of a driveway and take Swainwood to Cedarwood to Fir to dump you onto Shermer.
Shermer has a bike lane. Take it all the way south to Beckwith. Turn east and it becomes Church. Take it all the way to the Channel trail. Once you get there are you on familiar terrain? Take the channel trail, which will have a break it it until the new bridge is completed, To Foster. Cross the street at the light and not using any underpass. On the east end of the park you are on Franscisco. Take that south to Lawrence. Lawrence has a bike lane most of the way to the bike path. I often take Franscisco to Ainslie to California to Lawrence but that is just a preference of mine.
I've done that ride before when I used to work near Northbrook. Google Maps is awesome! One of the routes I routes I used to take: https://goo.gl/maps/LwJ9vnMaVJ12
My company moved from Goose Island to Techney and Shermer in Northbrook. Rather than bike or drive, I retired. It's a zoo out there during rush hours.
Huh, I would be inclined to do skokie lagoons to northbranch trail to elston. cut over from elston at something like Webster, (not a main car road but a through-street) to cut over to the lakefront. Sort of the reverse of a ride I do many weekends in good weather. But I guess I'd say try a bunch of the suggestions posted on here and see what fits your style.