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riding, hiking, playing near CHICAGO?

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  1. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I'm wondering what outside play opportunities exist in or near Chicago?

    If you've ridden pavement in the city, could you tell me about it?

    What about dirt for biking and hiking?

    Are there good play opportunities within two hours? What about weekend trips (like 4-6 hours drive)?

    Any snow fun to be had? Alpine, x-c, snowshoe?

    TIA!
     

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  2. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I've heard Devil's Lake in WI is nice.

    Hell - everybody from Chicago goes to Michigan for the weekend. Which to me is unbelievable. :confused:

    The Midwest sucks. :p
     
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    Kettle Moraine up in WI has some xc trails, but they do close the trails during the winter (at least they did when I lived there 6 years ago).

    A good bike shop in the area (one closer to downtown, two north of the city, and one in WI) is RRB Cycles.
     
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    Angus Jack Ass Pen Goo Win

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    Believe it or not there is some decent riding close to Chicago, you just have to know where to look, for Road Riding there is the Lake Front which is nice when its warm.
    Chicago suburbs have an extensive trail system called the Prairie path, which was formed on the rails to trails program, these trails are mostly crushed limestone and fairly tame but A great way to get some miles in with limited automotive interference.
    For Single Track, There is Palos Hills in the Suburbs, which is a nice trail system and you might be suprised of some of its technical difficulty,(if you going looking for it).
    There is also Trails in Deer Grove,Batavia,Knoch Knolls(Naperville) to name a few. For more Cycling info check out

    Illinois MTB

    this in an active local board that can really help you out.....
     
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    Are you moving??? Shouldn't they all know that you are a roadie???
     
  6. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Thanks all for the good info! It's nice to know there are some good options that way.


    haha.

    Not moving any time soon, just exploring my options, want to know if Chicago sucks or has some good stuff nearby.
     
  7. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    People who don't know any better might tell you there's good stuff near Chicago.

    Since you've lived in Denver awhile, I'm here to tell you it'll suck. :p
     
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    Not to defend Chicago, but who in their right mind takes advice from a hippy???
     
  9. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    For comparison purposes, I'm 100% certain you are correct!
     
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    Chicago's great! Even though I'm an eastern girl at heart, it's one of my favorite cities by far. I honestly don't know a lot about recreation. I do know that the Lakeshore path is really nice and well-developed and maintained. I remember reading something about best outdoor cities in a magazine and had specific places to go. It may have been either Outside or Bicycling. Perhaps you could find the article. If I come across it I'll pass it on.
     
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    There are group rides for roadies all the time in the burbs and the city tries to promote riding.

    As far as other things to do: Ravinia (outdoor picnic concerts) sports teams and all that kind of stuff.

    A very frustrating aspect of Chicago life is the total lack of respect for environmental issues. SUV's out number cars on the roads, people throw butts out on the street, recycling programs in the city are a mess. Coming from Denver you may find this annoying.
     
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    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Thanks!

    What do you love about the city?
     
  13. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Naw - SUVs outnumber cars here and people are forever tossing their $hit out their windows.

    I personally blame the people who have moved here from Chicago. :mad:
     
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    chicago is something special i just moved back from flagstaff and although i miss the mountains and the endless singletrack chicago is really a great city.riding is fun especially at Palos (30 min drive from the city). Michigan offers great riding within 2-3 hours from the city like Fort Custer state park and Yankee springs. Kettle in soiuthern wisconsin is also very nice. Within the state there is kickapoo in danville and jubilee (one of my favorites) both state parks are within 2 hours south east or west of the city. all of these places offer technical riding with rolling hills not mountains. as far as hiking in/around chicago every suburb offers smaller forest preserves which are great to get away for a little bit. Now the nightlife...chicago is a lot of fun-music, art, theatre, everything you can imagine.if you have any q's drop me a PM id be happy to share some stories or give you some suggestions :thumb:
     
  15. PonySoldier

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    Chicago F**kin' owns Denver from a cultural perspective....however the weather leaves a bit to be desired relative to Denver and the Front Range..I was not a bike rider when I lived there so I cannot speak to this matter.. :D :monkey:
     
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    check out kettle moraine in WI for not so technical trails but smooth flowy singletrack and great vistas.

    palos is around 30-45min from chicago and has some decent trails but short loops.

    theres also a buncha bmx tracks near chicago. in elgin and waukegan.
     
  17. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    You are definitely making lemonade! :thumb:

    IMO you have to go at *least* 1000 miles from Chicago to start getting into good riding. ;)
     
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    greenchris Turbo Monkey

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    and in my own opinion your wrong. :nuts:
     
  19. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    That should be "you're"...... :rolleyes: :D

    Like I said - you're doing a good job making lemonade. ;)
     
  20. firetoole

    firetoole duch bag

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    Wooo Tulips!!!!
    nothing beets good old technical Michigan singletrack :thumb:
    if you are up for a drive the potawatomi trail in pinckney is the best in the state
     
  22. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Dude - I used to live in SW Michigan. That's where I started mt biking. That's why I live in Colorado. :p
     
  23. firetoole

    firetoole duch bag

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    Wooo Tulips!!!!
    what city?
     
  24. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Kalamazoo.
     
  25. firetoole

    firetoole duch bag

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    I am in Holland with all the Dutch Bastards
     
  26. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Any pirates there?

    They're probably all in Saugatuk.

    NTTAWWT. :D
     
  27. firetoole

    firetoole duch bag

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    The Pirate capital of Michigan (they have sweet craft fairs)
    NTTAWWT.
     
  28. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    And how, pray tell, do you know they have nice craft fairs?? :confused:

    NTTAWWT.
     
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    firetoole duch bag

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    ummmm a that's just what I hear................
     
  30. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Psssst - dude. You're supposed to say your wife/girlfriend/man"friend" told you.

    :D
     
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