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Best cycling suburb in Chicago???(6 posts)

Best cycling suburb in Chicago???Zinhead
Apr 7, 2002 6:52 PM
We currently live in downtown Chicago and will be moving to the suburbs soon. Since there seem to be alot of people from Chicago here, I was wondering what are best suburbs for road cycling that also allow easy access to the Loop and have good schools. Thanks in advance.
re: Best cycling suburb in Chicago???RadicalRonPruitt
Apr 7, 2002 6:59 PM
Lemont is the best for road riding. However the loop is out of the way.
re: Best cycling suburb in Chicago???gregdogg62
Apr 8, 2002 4:39 AM
I used to live in LaGrange. I would take the train into the city everyday for work. (less than a 25 minute ride) There is pretty good access to riding. You can cut through Western Springs, to Hinsdale to County line Road that takes you out to Burr Ridge and Lemont. Nice riding out there. There is also a trail that you can take to Brookfield Zoo, if you want to take the kids. I don't have any kids, but I do know that LaGrange is a very family oriented town. Nice downtown area with lots of restaurants and other shops.
Palos HillsAlex-in-Evanston
Apr 8, 2002 5:25 AM
Good terrain and the only decent mountain biking in the area. That being said, I'd move to Evanston for every other conceivable reason ;-)

Alex
One more point.Alex-in-Evanston
Apr 8, 2002 7:51 AM
Seeing as it's Chicago's only source of unique natural beauty - stay close to the lake. Those after work dips are priceless.

Oh yeah, and don't send your kids to New Trier!

Regards,

Alex-from-ETHS
Hoffman Estates/Barrington NW SuburbsKristin
Apr 8, 2002 6:21 AM
Barrington has nice schools, if not excessively wealthy. The cycling in Barrington is gorgeous and abounds with road enthusiasts of all shapes and size. Follow well worn routes over back country roads, past lush estates. On recovery days, explore new avenues and drool as you pass exotic mansions. Meander down Ridge Road past a lama farm, or watch deer feed on a cool June morning. There are countless equestrian estates as well. Additionally, Barrington is a corridor to the great beyond--should you desire to escape Chicagoland all together. A well planned, weekend century carries you past the Wisconsin border.

Catch a Metra train from Barrington to the loop. Here is the schedule:

http://metrarail.com/Sched/cnw_nw/cnwnwwi.html