Bike the Drive Chicago in Brief:
5:30 a.m.: Bike riders are allowed to enter Lake Shore Drive
9:00 a.m.: Last start time to begin riding
9:15-9:45 a.m.: Riders must begin exiting Lake Shore Drive and if necessary continue their ride on the Lakefront Bike Trail
9:45 a.m.: All riders must leave Lake Shore Drive, and violators face the stern wrath of the Chicago police.
Bike the Drive Route:
Registration fees (advanced registration includes a t-shirt):
$45 for advanced registration
$40 for Active Transportation Alliance members
$15 for youth 16 and under
$55 event day registration
Register for Bike the Drive online
Registration fees go to support the Active Transportation Alliance, a group with the mission to make "bicycling, walking and public transit safe, convenient and fun."
Where to Stay:
About Bike the Drive Chicago:
Lake Shore Drive provides a picturesque view of both Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, a view normally reserved for cyclists only along the lakefront's narrow and crowded bike path. But if you're willing to get up very early on a Sunday morning, you can instead spread out on Lake Shore Drive's eight lanes instead and ride as far north as Hollywood Beach and south to the Museum of Science and Industry.
For the less than hardcore bike riders, Bike the Drive offers three rest stops -- one at each end of the route, and one at the middle of the route at the starting point. Volunteers will be on hand to provide fruit, water and snacks.
Riders must make sure to wear their wristbands and registration numbers, as there are checkpoints along the route to weed out freeloaders that sneak onto the drive from points other than the official start location.