Shamrocks and Shenanigans Cycling Tour


Shamrocks and Shenanigans Cycling Tour

Time: March 31, 2018 from 8am to 5pm
Location: Daley Plaza
Street: 50 W Washington St
City/Town: Chicago, IL 60602
Website or Map:…
Event Type: bicycle tour, cycling, architecture
Organized By: Tom Limon
Latest Activity: Mar 29, 2018

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Let’s bike to the neighborhood of Beverly to attend a one of a kind tour and multimedia presentation of Chicago’s Only Castle. During this ride, we will have the opportunity to meet Errol Magidson, author of “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and It’s keepers.” We will then cycle through the amazing architecture of Beverly and learn about the history of the region by resident cyclist Anne Alt. This ride will be the first official Adventure Cycling Tour of 2018.

Date: Saturday, March 31st, 2018
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: Free (Ride portion is cancelled read comments below for further infomation)
Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
Lunch: Ellie's Cafe (Ellie's accepts cash, credit, or debit please check out their menu prior to the ride)
Total Distance Round Trip: 35 Miles
Average Speed: 10-12 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop
Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks, camera.

We will kick off our Adventure from Daley Plaza, cycle along The Chicago River Walk to see spectacular views of the city then visit Wolf Point and The Eastland Disaster site. Next, we will work our way up the lake front to cross 35th Street Bridge. We will continue through Bronzeville and Bridgeport, then head south to Beverly. Once in Beverly, we will tour the amazing architecture of the neighborhood and learn about its history, enjoy lunch at Ellie’s Cafe, and walk through the Givins’ Irish Castle. The return trip will take us through a portion of the Major Taylor Trail, built in honor of the African-American bicycle racer, civil rights pioneer, and author. We will make a final stop at Marquette Park, then head back to downtown Chicago.

Since I changed the date to Saturday March 31st, I decided to also change the photo. 

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Comment by Tom Limon on March 29, 2018 at 6:38am

Due to an unpleasant weather forecast with high winds and rain, the cycling portion of this event is cancelled. I will send refund instructions later tonight to those who have pre-registered.

Attending the tour of the castle and Errol Magison's presentation is still an option, anyone is welcome to drive or take public transportation down to Beverly to participate. (The is open regardless if you signed up for the ride or not. Friends, Family, and Children are welcome to join. Donations are greatly appreciated and will go toward the preservation of the castle along with any book sales.)

Here are the details...

Date: ‪Saturday 3/31/2018‬ 
Time: ‪11:00 am to 1:00 pm‬

Givin’s Irish Castle
10244 S Longwood Dr
Chicago IL 60643

Errol Magidson, author of “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and It’s keepers.” will give a presentation and tour of the castle. Books and DVDs will be available for purchase during this event.

Here is information on taking a train to the castle:

Metra LaSalle Street Station
Rock Island District Train 
Exit ‪103rd Street/Beverly Hills‬
3-minute walk to the Castle

Both the ‪8:30 AM‬ and ‪10:10 AM‬ will get you there on time for the event.

Comment by Tom Limon on March 16, 2018 at 2:04am

Great News the Ridge Historical Society will be opening it’s doors for us on the Adventure Cycling Tours Shamrocks and Shenanigans Cycling Tour (Registration Link: we can check out their Women’s History exhibit: “Nevertheless She Persisted”, and learn about the geology and geography of The Ridge where the castle is perched on at the highest point in Chicago.

Comment by Tom Limon on March 10, 2018 at 4:33am

Since I changed the date to Saturday March 31st, I decided to also change the photo.

Comment by Tom Limon on March 7, 2018 at 2:25am

Due to unpredictable weather conditions this coming Sunday I’ve rescheduled this tour for Saturday, March 31st. I know many of you are all-weather cyclists but I really felt it wouldn’t be as fun if everyone couldn’t attend. The tour needs to be safe and fun for all. I will be adding another major highlight in place of the parade portion of the tour. If you have signed up for the tour and the reschedule date doesn’t work for you, you are welcome to attend any other tour this year in its place, just let me know in 2 weeks advance if the new date will not work.

Looking forward to seeing everyone very soon

Comment by Tom Limon on February 23, 2018 at 3:28am

We are about 2 weeks away from Adventure Cycling Tours official 2018 event. Don't forget Errol Magidson will have books and DVDs on hand from his great work researching and documenting Chicago's Only Castle: The History of Givins' Irish Castle and Its Keepers. Portions of the proceeds from the tour and items will help fund future restoration projects planned for the castle.

Registration Links:

Comment by Tom Limon on February 16, 2018 at 2:47am

One of the highlights of this Adventure Cycling Tours event will be exploring inside The Givin’s Irish Castle and meeting with Errol Magidson, author of “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and It’s keepers.” which can be found on Amazon

Errol is providing us a presentation covering material in his book and dvd. The castle was built between 1886-1887 and is nestled up on the highest ridge in Chicago. I found an article from 2013 where you can learn more about the geology of the ridge and how it was formed. I’m sure more info on this topic can be found at the Ridge Historical Society.

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