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What's the best way to get to the lakeshore from the West Loop on a weekday morning?

Google Maps suggests Jackson for west-to-east biking through the loop...however this was way too crowded and stressful during the Wednesday morning when I attempted it. Any alternate routes that work better?  

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I took Washington to DesPlaines to Harrison this morning and it was excellent. Thanks a lot, Lisa! Looking forward to checking out these other routes as well. 

Yeah, duh. Much better. I had to go other way cuz cops wouldn't let me through Monroe after Lolla.

John Wirtz said:

Monroe the whole way

I ride this same section of Kinzie daily.  If you don't want to do the underground, you can make a left at the first stop sign, and a right onto Illinois? (two short blocks) There is a bike lane there, and goes all the way to navy pier. Or you can make a left at Dearborn and a right onto Illinois.  Both have bike lanes.  I ride the underground, and the road is in good condiiton.  Usually minimal traffic, and in gets you out of the elements when the weather isn't cooperating.

Simon Phearson said:

How is that underground bit on Kinzie/North Water, in terms of potholes, fallen concrete, lighting, traffic, etc.? That would seem to make a good swap for my usual route in the evening rush hour (Illinois from Dearborn to the LFP). The "underground" bit on Illinois makes me nervous these days, since I've seen a lot of hard-to-see fallen concrete all over the bike lane there lately.

If I'm not mistaken, it looks like you could take lower North Water as far as McClurg, if you wanted, which would have the added advantage of avoiding the pothole hell in the bike lane between Columbus and McClurg. Is there a reason you don't do that?

Cameron 7.5 mi said:

My favorite route is sort of hard to explain, but not to bad to figure out once you go through it. Take Clinton north to Kinzie and go east on Kinzie. Stay on Kinzie as it goes underground and becomes North Water. When North Water ends turn north on Lower St. Clair. Take Lower St. Clair to Lower Illinois (which has a bike lane). Lower Illinois will emerge from the underground near the Lake Shore Drive Bridge, where you can pick up the Lake Front Path.

 

If you want to stay more south Washington is also a decent choice, except that you have to get to Monroe at some point to get all the way to the LFP and the one way streets are working against you. I'd probably take Wabash south to Monroe and then walk the half block from Wabash to Michigan where Monroe becomes two way.

If it's early enough, Lake Street to cut over for lower Wacker Drive Service Lane to the River Walk Path and you're there.  Later?  Forgetaboutit.

Jeff,

  Where exactly is  "cut over for lower Wacker Drive Service Lane" ?  

Then once on lower Wacker, do you enter the (not really bikable during summer tourist hours) River Walk Path from Lower Wacker on the ramps between Wabash and Michigan?  

   This an interesting discussion.  I am rethinking my common loop routes.

He's probably talking about Garland Ct, where the truck is turning out of in the this Google Street View shot. That will take you down to Lower Wacker Place. Here is the same intersection as seen from Upper Wacker Place. You can take Lower Wacker Place to the Stetson Service drive which will take you to the Wacker Service Drive. There are several holes in the fence between the Riverwalk and the Wacker Service Drive. This shot  from Field Blvd. shows the three levels of Wacker and the gaps in the fence. Wikipedia has a map.

 



Elwood Gruschow said:

Jeff,

  Where exactly is  "cut over for lower Wacker Drive Service Lane" ?  

Then once on lower Wacker, do you enter the (not really bikable during summer tourist hours) River Walk Path from Lower Wacker on the ramps between Wabash and Michigan?  

   This an interesting discussion.  I am rethinking my common loop routes.

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