Let’s bike to the South Side Irish Parade, go on a tour of Chicago’s Only Castle in the neighborhood of Beverly; we will also tour the amazing architecture and learn about the history of the region by resident cyclist Anne Alt, then enjoy lunch at Ellie’s Cafe. This ride will be the first official Adventure Cycling Tour of 2017 as we pedal back to the south side.
Date: Sunday, March 11th
Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: $35 (Includes a donation to the castle)
Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
Total Distance Round Trip: 35 Miles
Average Speed: 10-12 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop
Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks, camera, and wear something green.
We will kick our Adventure off departing from Daley Plaza, cycle along The Chicago River Walk, see a spectacular view of the Chicago River dyed green, Wolf Point, and The Eastland Disaster site. Next, we will work our way up the lake front to cross the newly constructed 35th Street Bridge. We will continue cycling through Bronzeville, Bridgeport; then we will head south to Beverly. Once we arrive in Beverly, we will tour the amazing architecture of the local neighborhood and learn about its history, enjoy lunch at Ellie’s Cafe, participate in a tour of the Givins’ Irish Castle, then watch the South Side Irish Day Parade. The return trip will take us through a significant portion of the Major Taylor Trail built in honor of an African-American bicycle racer, civil rights pioneer, and author. We will make a final stop at Marquette Park, then head back to downtown Chicago.