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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

Number of bikes crashing into car doors up in Chicago

Bloomington Pantagraph - 2 days ago
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Transportation says there were more than 300 reported cases of bikes hitting open car doors in Chicago in 2015 — a 50 percent jump from the year before....

Workout amenity: Peloton bikes in hotel rooms

USA TODAY - 53 minutes ago
Nearly 40% of them specifically planned to cycle. Peloton and SoulCycle are especially popular among younger travelers. In Westin's case, the Peloton guest rooms are available at select...

How Divvy “Rebalancing” Problems Can Make Commuting Less Safe for Women

Streetsblog Chicago (blog) - 3 days ago
However, as a recent post on the Chicago Bike Report pointed out, Divvy's popularity has led to some distribution issues. The author noted that, during the p.m. rush, many downtown stations are...

Boulevard Bikes, Logan Square's Longtime Commuter Cycle Shop, Plans to Relocate

Streetsblog Chicago (blog) - 3 weeks ago
Boulevard was opened in 2003 by veteran bike mechanic Kevin Womac, with a focus on selling city bikes for practical transportation, plus touring and fixed-gear cycles, as well as commuting...

Westin Steps Up Its Fitness Offerings With Peloton High-Tech Bikes

Travel Market Report - 3 days ago
The Peloton bikes have been added to guest rooms in Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Boston hotels and fitness studios in Austin, Detroit, Denver, New York City, Palo Alto,...

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