I've been vacationing in beautiful Boulder, CO, and have realized that cycling in the Chicago area seriously sucks. I'd move, but have other obligations. I was specifically wondering what the best way is to simulate hills in order to at least somewhat train for them. I've been here a week and was horrible at climbing for the first few days, but caught on quickly. I like the way extended climbs feel and would love to be able to do them or fake them in the flat area of Chicago.
Alternatively, does anyone know of any rides with significant hills (even anything rolling) within a reasonable (even bikeable) distance from Evanston, IL? Doubtful, but you never know. I know that some parts a little north are less flat, at least.