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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

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Bringing bike-share to Chicago's transit deserts

Chicago Tribune - 2 days ago
Spend a few minutes on most any North Side street, and you're bound to see a Divvy bike go by. Divvy riders are everywhere — pedaling through snowy streets on their way to work, zipping along...

Regular Divvy Membership is Still Heavily White, But Divvy for Everyone Is Diverse

Streetsblog Chicago (blog) - 1 hour ago
Last week I reported on top 2017 Divvy rider Kerdia Roland, a young man who delivers food using the big blue bikes, pedaling a mind-boggling 6,275 miles in one year. I pointed out that, given...

Chicago sees drop in Divvy income following expansion into South, West sides

Chicago Tribune - 3 weeks ago
Expansion has also meant that Divvy, run by the Motivate bike share company, has more ground to cover and more bikes to service, and that costs money. The program has grown from 300 docking stations...

Cyclists Voice Their Hopes, Concerns, and Questions About Dockless Bike-Share

Streetsblog Chicago (blog) - 4 weeks ago
Dockless bike-share, aka DoBi (“Dough Bee”), typically involves cycles with built-in wheel locks that are left “free-locked” around a city for customers to locate and access via a smartphone...

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