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Old 01-18-06, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by $0.00/Gal
I am looking at a map of Humboldt Park and Luis Munoz Marin Dr. that loops through the park looks like it could be a good one, but I'm not sure.
The inner drive at Humboldt is cool. The only problem is crossing Humboldt Blvd where cars tend to fly through at highway speeds trying to make the light. Douglas Park has a nice inner loop that's kinda short,
and an outer loop that's okay but intersects Ogden. If you find any other parks let me know.
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Old 01-18-06, 03:17 PM
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Do they close the loop inside Humboldt Park ever? At certain times (maybe all the time now?) the loops in Prospect Park is closed and it's so awesome.

Garfield Park looks like it has a decent smaller loop.

Douglas Park does look good too.

Peterson Park at Pulaski and Bryn Mawr looks like it has a small look that wouldn't have any traffic.

Gillson Park up in Evanston at Lake Ave and Sheridan...

There is also Marquette Park at Kedzie and 67th..looks like it has a nice loop with a manmade river in it.
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i grew up near marquette park and to do the loop you'll need to cross kedzie twice with no light so its not as nice as you'd like to think.

sherman park's inner loop on 55th is literally built for cycling, but its in about as tough of a neighborhood as you'll find in chicago. its a nice loop though -- thats why XXX has their crit there.

my uncle, who grew up 2 blocks away in the 1950's, remembers watching sunday bike races there most weeks after mass at St John of God, which borders the park on the northbut is now closed.

head on down on a cold morning and cut through the stockyards and you should be fine.
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Nice one Chris!

What 'hood is that in? Think some morning training laps would be safe?
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Originally Posted by chrisSouthside
sherman park's inner loop on 55th is literally built for cycling
Wow, that's nice. I've passed by that park many times, but not once did the thought of
biking to and in that park cross my mind. A lot of roadies do the Foster > Simonds Drive >
Montrose > bikepath loop near Montrose Harbour.
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yeah, once in a blue moon a question comes up that i can answer perfectly -- in the case because its pretty much my family's collective stomping grounds

in terms of that far west (racine), you're safe north of 51 street. when you cross south of 51st it literally changes neighborhoods -- one of the many dividing lines on the southside. the area north of 51st is pretty poor (back of the yards), but not too unsafe. south of 51st is englewood, which is tough as tough can be.

that having been said, you're probably fine for a morning ride. head south down ashland or halsted and cut into the stockyards around 43rd street(ashland side) or exchange (halsted side) and head down racine to 52nd street. the stockyards are actually a great place to ride as well. on the weekends its dead so its easy to do mini crits around empty streets.

the pavement in the park is excellent though. you'll love it.
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Originally Posted by monkey
Wow, that's nice. I've passed by that park many times, but not once did the thought of
biking to and in that park cross my mind. A lot of roadies do the Foster > Simonds Drive >
Montrose > bikepath loop near Montrose Harbour.
That's my morning loop. Short but 10 of them will get you going pretty good.
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Originally Posted by $0.00/Gal
There is also Marquette Park at Kedzie and 67th..looks like it has a nice loop with a manmade river in it.
Some of this place is pretty laden with glass, or at least it has been when I've been down there.
Ashland isn't a bad way to get down there, but I would take Ogden down to California and take Calif. the whole way down there. Or Western.
-southside expat
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