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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered 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!
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Bicycle
Helmet
Local tour guide
Food and drinks
$10 per person suggested guide gratuity. (via Cash, Venmo and PayPal)
540 N Lake Shore Dr , 540 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Through the driveway (tunnel) to our entrance

This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Museum of Contemporary Art
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.
Pass By:  
St Michael Catholic Church in Old Town
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
Pass By:  
The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s premier commercial district, home to upscale shops, cool restaurants and hotels, and Michigan Avenue.
Stop At:  
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lincoln Park Zoo is free for all to enjoy and is home to hundreds of beautiful animals from all over the world including lions, tigers, penguins, reptiles, gorillas, and camels.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Michigan
One of the five Great Lakes and a beautiful Chicago staple.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
North Avenue Beach
North Avenue Beach is one of the Windy City’s most popular public beaches. It features white sand, kayak and jet-ski rentals, bars, restaurants, and the clear, freshwater of the great Lake Michigan.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lakefront Trail
The sprawling Lakefront Trail is an 18-mile, paved bike and walking path that straddles the shore of Lake Michigan, and connects the Windy City’s north and south side neighborhoods.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Bobby's Bike Hike - Chicago
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 travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods ?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
See all safety measures taken by Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods .
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
See all safety measures taken by Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods .

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star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
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.
star-4
Great ride. Lots of fun...
Alejandro_L
, Mar. 2018
Great ride. Lots of fun. Unfortunately we never received the pictures that our great guide took during the tour
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recommend doing this tour...
Jennifer G
, Nov. 2017
Highly recommend doing this tour, really enjoyed it, nice way to see the city!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
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
star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
This was an excellent tour. I loved...
Peter S
, May 2017
This was an excellent tour. I loved the friendliness and enthusiasm of the guides and the whole company of cyclists. We were not many but out for a good time and we got on well. It was a windy and cold day but we saw lots of sights and got the feel of some nieghbourhoods.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Ryan was very enthusiastic and...
Merrill M
, Sep. 2016
Ryan was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide.well worth the time and money.
star-5
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.
star-4
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
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! :)
star-5
Great fun for kids and adults - lots of...
Stacy W
, Jul. 2016
Great fun for kids and adults - lots of great history and facts.
star-5
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.
star-3
The tour was very nice but I was a...
Pierrick M
, Jun. 2016
The tour was very nice but I was a little bit desapointed from the beginning. I booked it for the tuesday morning at 9:00 AM and when I arrived they asked me if I could change to the afternoon or the day after because I was alone in the group. I consider they could have tried to contact me so I would have changed my plans without going there at 9:00. I was in Chicago only 2 days so had planed every visit and this changed my plans !!! Another thing is that Oprahs house is just a building wher she had an appartement at the top .... Thought I would see a house !!!!
star-5
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.

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