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Cycling in Chicago, IL

Photo by Christine Feffers
Photo by Christine Jeffers

The Windy City has a history of cycling and bicycle advocating that spans over more than 150 years. People have started joining into cycling clubs in Chicago as early as the late 19th century, and the city has stayed true to its cycling roots to this day. Chicago had more than 21,000 cyclists in 2014, or 1.7% of its population. Cyclists in Chicago can ride their bikes on more than 200 miles of on-road bicycle lanes, and by 2020, the city should have 445 miles of lanes and paths more, as well as the appropriate infrastructure.

Best Bicycle shops in Chicago

At one point in history, more than 60% of bikes and accessories for bikes were made with 150 miles of Chicago. People living in the Windy City know their bikes, and a fair share of them has taken that knowledge to a professional level. Hence, there’s no lack of bike shops in the city.

These are only some of the bicycle shops in and around Chicago – the full list would be too long to read. So, we’ve decided to list only the shops which have the best reviews. That way, we are sure that the shops we recommend to you are the shops that provide quality service and provide the best service to their customers and their bikes.

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Company Name Address Score
Comrade Cycles 1908 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60622 4,97
Roscoe Village Bikes 2016 W Roscoe St Chicago, IL 60618 4,92
Bobby’s Bike Hike Tours & Rentals 540 N Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60611 4,90
Smart Bike Parts 3031 W Armitage Ave Chicago, IL 60647 4,54
Heritage Bicycles General Store 2959 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60657 4,54
Uptown Bikes 4653 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60640 4,54
The Bike Lane 2130 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 4,52
Cycle Smithy 2468 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60614 4,49
A Nearly New Shop 4075 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60613 4,49
Lakeshore Bike 3650 N Recreation Dr Chicago, IL 60613 4,47
Johnny Sprockets 3001 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60657 4,29
Working Bikes 2434 S Western Ave Chicago, IL 60608 4,27
On The Route Bicycles 3144 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60657 4,18
Kozy’s Cyclery 219 W Erie St Chicago, IL 60654 4,14
Village Cycle Center 1337 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60610 4,06
Boulevard Bikes 2535 N Kedzie Blvd Chicago, IL 60647 3,99
Performance Bicycle 2720 N Halsted St Chicago, IL 60614 3,78

Chicago Cycling News

Electric bikes on display at mall in Lincolnwood

Chicago Tribune - 4 hours ago
A portion of the parking lot at a Lincolnwood mall recently became a test track – of sorts – for testing out pedal-assist electric bikes. Some 1,000 to 1,500 registrants, organizers estimated,...

Chicago teaches adults to ride bikes

Chicago Tribune - 1 week ago
Anita Woodhouse rides a bike successfully for the first time since childhood during a bike riding class for adults at the Chicago Center for Green Technology on June 12, 2017. Woodhouse planned to...

The Juneteenth Ride Highlighted Bronzeville History and the Role of Bikes in Black Liberation

Streetsblog Chicago (blog) - 7 hours ago
As we continued with our critical history lesson to 31st Street Beach, I asked Bronzeville resident Lillian Web for her perspective on bicycling, Black liberation, and the potential connection...

Bike Lane Petition For Wicker's Milwaukee Avenue Asks City To 'Think Big'

DNAinfo - 7 hours ago
"As [the Chicago Department of Transportation], local aldermen, and the Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area work to develop a series of low-cost, near term improvements to Milwaukee...

Petition pushes for Milwaukee Avenue bike lane in Wicker Park

Chicago Tribune - 3 days ago
Data provided by the Chicago Department of Transportation showed more than 5,000 cyclists — and 13,000 vehicles — travel the Milwaukee Avenue corridor daily. Specifically, more than 800 cyclists...

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