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Old 05-08-06, 05:51 PM
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Chicago suburban place to stay and bicycle?

We're looking to find a motel within 2 hours drive of Chicago that is close enough to a bicycle trail to pedal to. We'd like to find somewhere that would have a place to store the bicycles while we weren't pedaling, and have other interesting stuff to do after we're done bicycling. Do any of you have any advice?
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Originally Posted by no motor?
We're looking to find a motel within 2 hours drive of Chicago that is close enough to a bicycle trail to pedal to. We'd like to find somewhere that would have a place to store the bicycles while we weren't pedaling, and have other interesting stuff to do after we're done bicycling. Do any of you have any advice?
You could try around Naperville, which is about 45 minutes outside of Chicago. I don't live there and have never ridden my bike there. However, my brother-in-law and family live there and he raves about the paved multi-use trails they have there. I've only seen them from the car. Naperville has a nice "downtown" with parks, shopping, and dining.

I'm sure someone else will be along with some better advice.
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Is a bike path a must for you? Pretty much anywhere near the Fox River will get you on the Fox River Trail from up in McHenry County south through Kane County. And it branches to other trails like the Illinois Prairie Path, as well. Lots of riding, plenty of neat little downtowns to stop and enjoy a meal, etc. Here's the Kane County section map w/ towns.... https://www.co.kane.il.us/Forest/frtrail.htm

[edit...] If you stay down near St. Charles or Geneva, you can catch a Kane County Cougars baseball game. High quality experience! www.kccougars.com

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Broadhead, Wisconsin. The EarthRideer Bike store is also an hotel and is close to the Sugar River Bike Trail from Broadhead to New Glarus. Here's the link to the EarthRider Bike Shop: https://www.earthridercycling.com/

I know it's not Chicago suburbs, but it is within 2 hours of Chicago.
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thanks!

Thanks for the replies! Naperville and Kane county are a little too close and familiar for getting away, but the Brodhead suggestion sounds like a winner to me. Thanks again for the help, it was worth the hassle of having to get my password reset twice for these posts.
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In addition, the owner of the bike store is a cyclist and can give you some great ride ideas for that area of Wisconsin.
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Any place along the Grand Illinois Trail would be worth the trip. Stay in Morris and then ride the I & M trail to the Hennepin Canal Parkay path. The segment cue sheets list places to stay close to the trail.

https://www.bikelib.org/trails/git/index.htm
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Originally Posted by ctyler
In addition, the owner of the bike store is a cyclist and can give you some great ride ideas for that area of Wisconsin.
I rode up there today and checked the hotel and the area out. What an awesome place! Very nice, and very accommodating; set in an area that looks great for bicycling. You can even keep your bicycle in your room if you’d like, check it out if you get a chance.
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Glad to hear you liked the Broadhead area. It is a great location for cycling. I've only ridden over there once from home and it was just great. Hardly saw a car in 23 miles.
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in Lincolnshire or Deerfield, just off the DPR (Des Plaines River Trail)
you can go north to Independence Grove or hook up with the North Shore Trail to Wisky
or south towards the city.

The shopping and eating around Milwaukee Ave is great.

Bob Chin's, Cheesecake Factory, Wildfire, Flatlander's Brewery, Big Bowl, much more. Marriott Lincolnshire for a show. All within riding distance of the trail head (behind Egg Harbor on Rt 45 & 21)

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