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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

Navy Pier Flyover, bridge for biking and walking, will cost more, take longer to build

Chicago Tribune - 6 days ago
The pedestrian and bicycle bridge, which will stretch from the Ohio Street Beach to the south side of the Chicago River, was started in 2014, after more than a decade of planning. The city originally...

Why aren't bikes treated like cars?

Chicago Tribune - 1 week ago
I have been seeing designated lanes for the bicycles in the city and suburbs. Unfortunately, in the last few days I have observed two riders who flagrantly ignored the traffic signals and rode...

Chicago's Bike Infrastructure is Evolving, But Inequality Persists

Chicago Tonight | WTTW - 3 weeks ago
Chicago is redesigning its infrastructure to better accommodate cyclists, but some projects are rubbing residents the wrong way. Billionaire Ken Griffin complained to Mayor Rahm Emanuel about the...

Cyclist Knocked Over Head With Drum In Fight With Van Driver: VIDEO

DNAinfo - 2 weeks ago
The cyclist, Trajan Vivens, 23, was hit over the head after he broke the back window of a van with a lock in an escalating dispute that started Sunday evening. Vivens said he was knocked off his bike...

Chicago, Once A Bikeshare Innovator, Squeamish About The Next Level

Forbes - 5 days ago
Only five years later, the state of the art calls for free-floating, dockless bikes tracked by GPS and managed by smart phone. Chicago's not so sure. "We have not yet seen the results of a...

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