Hit the Town on Two Wheels

Heritage Bikes are offered at the hotel

We’re lucky in Chicago in that we have an incredibly beautiful city with so much to see and so many ways to see it all. You can take the easiest route and use your feet to march you around the city taking in all the sites. Or you could get a CTA pass and spend time navigating the ‘L’ and bus systems to take you out to all the neighborhoods. Or you could go the touristy route and do a Segway tour, a food-focused romp or sign on to one of the spectacular architectural boat tours (more of that next month). Or, you can hop on a bike and cruise your way around town.

With Divvy bike share and numerous places to rent bikes, you have no shortage of getting your wheelie fix. But here at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, we do you one better. We’ve once again partnered with Heritage Bicycles, one of the city’s coolest coffee shop-bike shop hybrids (OK, it may be the only one). With locations in Lakeview and Uptown, Heritage has really carved out a niche for selling stunning bikes and robust coffee. Heritage is loaning the hotel four standard bikes and one tandem bike — and they’re complimentary to guests to borrow for up to two hours! We’ll also provide you with a map, helmet, and bike lock to borrow.

So once on your bike, where to go? You could start at the hotel and cross through Millennium Park toward Grant Park. Ride through the park, check out Buckingham Fountain and then cross Lake Shore Drive (at designated stoplights, please). Then ride south along the lake path toward the Museum Campus, around the Shedd Aquarium and out to Northerly Island. Or head north along the path and bike toward Navy Pier and the beaches on the North Side. Pop back across Lake Shore Drive at the North Avenue pedestrian bridge or at Fullerton and ride through Lincoln Park and go by the zoo. Or just pedal through the streets and check out a bunch of neighborhoods. You can’t bike on the sidewalk but Chicago has a fantastic system of bike lanes — just be sure to wear a helmet and watch for car doors.