Hey there everyone,
I'm looking to do a century some time soon, but have no idea where to go. Not looking to do an organized ride, just putting in some miles with a buddy. What are some of your favorite Chicago century routes? I've heard legends of elevation SW and NW of the city that I'd like to check out.
Thanks for your input and GPX files if you'd be so kind!
Normally, my favorite century route is straight out of my house (live in South Loop), to La Rabida Children's hospital south of me, then up all the way to Lake Bluff - make a left on the trail that heads toward Libertyville, end up at the Old School forest preserve... head to Half Day rd - I fennagle my way through and end up in Glancoe again, and then back south home.
Go to the website of your favorite ride and use their routes.
I love riding to Kenosha, although there's a long stretch from around Waukegan to the Wisconsin boarder that is just pretty mundane/drab and downtrodden, with busy streets with fast moving traffic that you have to keep stopping for every mile (or half mile), until you can cross.
Bass Lake, Indiana is about 100 miles and a nice ride.
Another option is to figure out a bike-train option you'd want to explore (riding out and taking Metra or Amtrak back). One option is to take the Prairie Path West, visit Two Brothers and take a Metra back in to the city.