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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

Eyes on the Street: Cycling the Solar Eclipse – Streetsblog Chicago

Streetsblog Chicago (blog) - 12 hours ago
If you were planning on taking part in the solar eclipse festival at the Adler Planetarium today, bicycling was the way to go. (Did any readers ride Amtrak's special ...and...

Chicago cyclists vent about their cycling pet peeves

Chicago Reader - 3 weeks ago
He adds that the Chicago Park District's current project building separate paths for people on foot and bikes on the Lakefront Trail will reduce conflicts. So if you get frustrated by bad...

Homeless group close to suit over bike path plan in Uptown

Chicago Tribune - 2 days ago
The dilemma highlights two local trends — the decrease in affordable housing on the city's North Side, as single-resident occupancy hotels are converted into apartments, and the popularity of...

Readers respond to suburban biking woes, paratransit

Chicago Tribune - 7 days ago
She commutes by bike every day. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune) ... However, truly fast streets like Irving Park or LaSalle or stupidly congested Michigan Avenue are simply a very bad idea for...

Thieves On The 606 Knocking People Off Bikes And Beating, Robbing Them

DNAinfo - 4 weeks ago
HUMBOLDT PARK — Armed thieves on the west end of the elevated Bloomingdale Trail have knocked cyclists off their bikes to beat and rob them twice this weekend, and Chicago police are warning those...

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