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Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Pedal past the lakefront neighborhoods of Chicago's North Side on this bike tour of the Windy City. Follow a local guide along quiet streets, city parks and scenic beaches, starting at Lake Shore Drive and continuing along Rush Street and the Magnificent Mile. Catch a glimpse of the Playboy Mansion, Oprah’s penthouse and the Victorian houses of Old Town. Select from several departure times in the morning or afternoon.
  • Bicycle tour through Chicago's lakefront neighborhoods
  • Bike along Rush Street and the Magnificent Mile
  • Glimpse the Gold Coast Mansions, including Oprah's House and the Playboy Mansion
  • See the Historic Old Town District, Lincoln Park Zoo, North Avenue Beach and more!

What's Included

  • Bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Local tour guide
  • Food and drinks
  • $10 per person suggested guide gratuity. (via Cash, Venmo and PayPal)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 540 N Lake Shore Dr.
    540 N Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611, USA

    Through the driveway (tunnel) to our entrance

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Start your bike tour of Chicago's lakefront neighborhoods at Lake Shore Drive, where you’re outfitted with a stylish bicycle and a helmet. After a safety briefing from your guide, set out to discover the Windy City on two wheels.

Follow your guide off the beaten path through scenic parks and along Lake Michigan’s popular shores to quiet residential neighborhoods on the North Side of Chicago, including Rush Street and the Magnificent Mile. You’ll cycle past North Avenue Beach and the Lincoln Park Zoo, and marvel at the elegant homes and brick mansions of the Gold Coast Historic District.

Your guide shares insights about each neighborhood and points out highlights such as St Michael's Church, the Playboy Mansion, Oprah Winfrey’s penthouse and the historic district of Old Town, lined with charming Victorian houses. You’ll hear interesting facts about how Chicagoans live and develop an appreciation for one of America’s greatest cities.

This tour covers approx. 9 miles (14.5 km) of generally flat terrain at a leisurely pace. Appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, but children should be capable and comfortable with riding on city streets.

Museum of Contemporary Art (Pass By)

Opened in 1967, The Museum of Contemporary Art, or MCA, is home to one of the largest collections of post-WWII visual art in the world.

St Michael Catholic Church in Old Town (Pass By)

Located in the heart of Old Town, stunning St. Michael’s Church is one of less than a dozen buildings to have survived the Great Chicago Fire of 187

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Professional guides blend quality information, group interaction, and most of all, fun, to create an unforgettable Chicago experience. Bikes are provided. Child bikes, seats and tagalongs are available.
  • Storage for larger bags/items available for free
  • Please note: children must be strong, capable riders and be able to bike for 9 miles
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

about cancellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods ?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods ?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

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Wonderful viking!
Nanhee_K, Aug 2022
It was a great experience, everything was perfect. We were very happy to join in this activity. Our guide(maybe he is Chang?) was very knowledgeable, friendly and rich-experienced. He also gave many interesting explanations by matching places with Chicago's history while leading our safe viking. If I have a chance to visit Chicago someday, I'd like to try it again. Thank you all of the joiners with us !
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lou was enthusiastic and...
Nam_N, Aug 2022
Lou was enthusiastic and gave us a nice history lesson on the city of Chicago. We couldn’t ask for a better experience. I’m thankful for having him as a guide.
Great bike Tour
SCOTT_H, Aug 2022
Getting to know the city of Chicago. Our guide was great as well we enjoyed the people who rode with us.
Hidden Gems By Bike
Raul_S, Jun 2022
Great way to see places that otherwise you would not visit. Outstanding guide (Lou), so much fun and knowledgeable. Do it!
Short and sweet enjoy
Shwetank_S, Sep 2021
The trip was a short and sweet trip across neighborhoods of Chicago and finally the lake. It was properly guided, and the guide Nick was very helpful and cool. Helped me finding the location of the place and came to pick me up from the spot where I was lost. The entire trip was very light and chilled.
I went on this tour with my 13 and...
Catherine R, Aug 2016
I went on this tour with my 13 and 9-yr-old sons. The pace was comfortable, and there were just enough stops to take in a little bit of information on the neighborhoods and history of Chicago. Our tour guide Michelle was friendly and entertaining. This was a great way to see parts of the city would not have seen otherwise on our own!
This tour was a highlight of our...
Siobhan K, Jul 2016
This tour was a highlight of our trip to Chicago. Great fun and a lovely way to see parts of the city you might otherwise miss. The bikes were excellent and the tour was very manageable. Our leader, Elliot was outstanding- knowledgable and enthusiastic but also very safety conscious. He even managed to memorise everyone's names - no mean feat in a group of around 30 people. If you are coming to Chicago do this tour as it really is first class.
The Chicago Lakefront Neighborhoods...
Margarita R, Apr 2012
The Chicago Lakefront Neighborhoods Bicycle Tour was the highlight of my Chicago trip and worth the time and money. Our tour guide (Eddy, just one of a friendly and helpful team) was fun, informative and showed you several reasons to fall in love with Chicago. The tour starts close to Navy Pier and leads to several important skyscrapers as well as quieter areas of the city. The pace is beginner friendly (or for those that hadn't been on a bike for a long time) and the traffic didn't give us any trouble either. Eddy made sure to prepare for upcoming stops, which, along with the general safety guidelines, ensured that the group was always safe. The last minutes along the Lakefront were breathtaking.With the water to the left and skyscrapers to the right, we had a beautiful view that was unforgetable. I can only recommend this tour and will definitely be back next time I'm in Chicago. Have fun and tip well!
Fun tour of Chicago
Luckygirl94010, Oct 2019
This was a very nice tour of some of the best spots in Downtown Chicago. Lake was so friendly and informative. Definitely put this on your list the next time you are in Chicago.
Neighborhood Bike Tour
Kenneth_W, Jul 2018
Fun, slow paced,easy bike ride through a few of Chicago’s neighborhoods. Guide was knowledgeable about basic Chicago history.
Bobby bike trip, Chicago
jillyemc70, Nov 2018
Great bike trip around Chicago. Peter the guide was great, really knowledgeable Just book with Bobbys bikes direct, vand save about $20.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Highly recommend doing this tour...
Jennifer G, Nov 2017
Highly recommend doing this tour, really enjoyed it, nice way to see the city!
1 traveler found this review helpful
We had the best time. Our guide Mark...
Richard H, Oct 2017
We had the best time. Our guide Mark was very clear in his explanation on the dos/ do nots of bike riding and was excellent in his information about Chicago. Highly recommended
This was a great way to see the city...
Suzanne M, Aug 2017
This was a great way to see the city and different areas. Daniella was a great guise. She was very. Informative and enthusiastic.
Very gentle 7.5 mile cycling tour...
John_A, Sep 2017
Very gentle 7.5 mile cycling tour through the city centre, parks and back into the city along the Chicago shoreline. Plenty of stops along the way which included historical highlights. Great mixed group and superb tour guide. Highly recommended tour!
What made this a fantastic tour...
Martin A, Jul 2017
What made this a fantastic tour? Our guide ARDARIOUS! He was full of information, but mostly we appreciated his attentiveness to our safety and to making sure we had a great time. He had a lot of good information and we appreciated his enthusiasm. This trip was the highlight of our weekend getaway in Chicago!
A must do thing for tourists in...
Rahul D, Jun 2016
A must do thing for tourists in Chicago. After visiting all the main sight seeing places in Chicago, you must take up this tour and enjoy cycling around some interesting areas of the city while enjoying amazing views. You get to meet fellow tourists from around the world. The guide is friendly and explains everything nicely.
This tour was excellent! Eddie our...
Emily B, Jul 2016
This tour was excellent! Eddie our guide was friendly and told great stories, and kept our group safe as we rode around. The waterfront section of the ride was particularly cool. Would definitely do another tour with these guys if we are ever back in Chicago. Thank you! :)
This is a must do trip! Not only do...
Arlene C, Aug 2016
This is a must do trip! Not only do you see different areas of Chicago up close, you learn much about the history of Chicago. Our guide, Mike, was amazing and knew the answer to every question asked as he had a wealth of knowledge about the city.
Kegan was an awesome tour guide. He...
Missy G, Jul 2016
Kegan was an awesome tour guide. He was so friendly, he even managed to make my 14 year old daughter smile and have a good time. Would love to do another one next time we are in Chicago.

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