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2016 EBC Ride Schedule

   

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DRAFT: Rides showing “?” after Ride Leader or “RIDE LEADER NEEDED” are unconfirmed!

 

Winter 2017/2018 Rides   Effective: 12/18/17

 

Unless a Remote Start is listed, rides start at: Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette

 

Do NOT park in the Panera parking lot.  On weekends, parking is available in the Metra lot along Poplar Drive south of Greenleaf

On weekdays, parking is available a few blocks east on Greenleaf Ave: make sure signs allow all-day parking where you park!

  

Rides will not take place if there is snow or ice on the surface of the road, or if it's raining or snowing.

Don't forget to check Weekly Rides for regular recurring rides and Rides Forum for rides added, changed, or canceled at the last minute!

Click here for: Ride sign-in sheet for ride leader.

 Details:Yes  No   Pace:  Include:60 Days Rest All From: 
Date Time/Miles Pace Destination~Leader
01/26 Fri 6:30 AM
15             C
Winter Bike to Work Rally - Remote: Dunkin Donuts, Howard & Western ~ Dave Barish
Remote Start:  Dunkin Donuts, Howard & Western @ 6:30AM

LIGHTS REQUIRED
 
Kick-off the Winter Bike Challenge with the Winter Bike to Work Day Rally in Daley Plaza on January 26th from 6:30 – 8:00 AM. Stop by Daley Plaza for free Dark Matter Coffee, Eli's cheesecake, give-a-ways from sponsors and a chance to mingle with other Winter Bike Challenge participants! Hot chocolate and tea will also be available.  This event commemorates the coldest day in Chicago history—Jan. 20, 1985, when the official temperature at O’Hare International Airport was 27 degrees below zero. 
01/30 Tue 
             F
San Diego Week 1 - Jan 30 to Feb 6, 2018 ($) - Remote: Encinitas, CA ~ Jerri Cohen
Remote Start: Encinitas, CA
 
If you're tired of blizzards and sub-zero temperatures in Chicago during the winter, join us in sunny southern California for six days of amazing cycling.  Each ride will feature beautiful vistas and delicious lunch stops.  The terrain will be mostly rolling and hilly.  A few climbs will be challenging, but well worth the effort.  Most rides will be 40 to 55 miles with lots of time for sightseeing.  This is a fixed base trip.  So, you are free to take a rest day at any time.  If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may be F+ sections on some rides.  This ride is limited to 16 participants.  For additional details and to sign up for the ride, contact Jerri at jerrimailbox-bike@yahoo.com
 
02/06 Tue 
             F
San Diego Week 2 - Feb 6 to Feb 13, 2018 ($) - Remote: Encinitas, CA ~ Jerri Cohen
Remote Start: Encinitas, CA
 
If you're tired of blizzards and sub-zero temperatures in Chicago during the winter, join us in sunny southern California for six days of amazing cycling.  Each ride will feature beautiful vistas and delicious lunch stops.  The terrain will be mostly rolling and hilly.  A few climbs will be challenging, but well worth the effort.  Most rides will be 40 to 55 miles with lots of time for sightseeing.  This is a fixed base trip.  So, you are free to take a rest day at any time.  If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may be F+ sections on some rides.  This ride is limited to 16 participants.  For additional details and to sign up for the ride, contact Jerri at jerrimailbox-bike@yahoo.com
 
02/17 Sat 6:00 PM
             
Club Meeting: Winter Dinner ($) ~ Evanston Bicycle Club
EBC Winter Dinner - Saturday, February 17, 2018
Registration begins February 2018
 
Hilton Garden Inn
1818 Maple Avenue
Evanston, IL

Annual EBC Winter Dinner This event is the Evanston Bike Club's way of celebrating its members for everything they do to make the club a success and to honor those club members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make the EBC a truly special organization.
 
02/20 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Pedal4Life by Ira David Levy ~ Sharon Kaminecki
02/24 Sat 
420-500   V
Tucson CycleMania VII: Feb 24th - Mar 4th, 2018 ~ Felix Angelov
 
We are planning our annual winter trip to meet up with Phil Procida for a week of cycling in warm & sunny Tucson, AZ.  There will be daily Very Fast rides for the entire week.  The plan is to ride 420 to 500 miles in 7 days with significant elevation changes (lots of climbing!).  We are flying to Tucson on 2/24/18 and returning to Chicago on 3/04/18.  If you are planning to join us, contact Felix at vikfel@yahoo.com
03/04 Sun 3:30 PM
             
2018 Ride Schedule Meeting ~ Will Heelan
Location:  1606 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL
 
Calling all Ride Leaders!!
 
Old, new and wanna be Ride Leaders...
We will be meeting to put together the 2018 EBC Ride Schedule.  Come share your ideas for new and exciting rides.  Lead a ride...you decide where we go, what we see, how fast (or slow) we ride, where we eat and what time we start riding.
 
All members are encouraged to attend this meeting, even if you have never led a ride.
03/11 Sun 12:00 PM
             
Going Green Matters Environmental Fair ~ Alvin Spector
Sunday, March 11th, 2018 from 12 – 4 pm
Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois
 
Going Green Matters draws more than 1,000 residents, neighbors, elected officials, exhibitors and volunteers.  The latest hybrid and electric cars, demonstrations, home energy exhibits, and the ever popular interactive Eco-Zone make this a wonderful event for the entire family.
 
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP STAFF EBC TABLE!
 
 
03/18 Sun 9:00 AM
35             M
St. Patrick's Day Ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen ~ Ed Culp
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave,  Wilmette
We will ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen for an Irish lunch to mark the traditional start of the cycling season.  Marty Horn has arranged for us to have our own room.  We will order from their pub menu.  Even if you don't ride, you are invited to join us and socialize!  We will be arriving around 11:30 am.  Come out and join the fun!
03/18 Sun 9:00 AM
40             F
St. Patrick's Day Ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen ~ Jeff Miller
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette

We will ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen for an Irish lunch to mark the traditional start of the cycling season.   Marty Horn has arranged for us to have our own room.  We will order from their pub menu.  Even if you don't want to ride, you are invited to join us and socialize!  We will be arriving around 11:30 am.  Come on out and join the fun!
03/18 Sun 9:30 AM
20             C
St. Patrick's Day Ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen ~ Dave Barish ?
Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
We will ride to the Curragh Irish Pub in the Glen for an Irish lunch to mark the traditional start of the cycling season.  Marty Horn has arranged for us to have our own room.  We will order from their pub menu.  Even if you don't want to ride, you are invited to join us and socialize!  We will be arriving around 11:30 am.  Come on out and join the fun.
03/21 Wed 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Biking Across America by Patricia Brummet ~ Sharon Kaminecki
NOTE: MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY, March 21st!
 
 
04/01 Sun 9:00 AM
35             M
Lake Forest College Easter Brunch ~ Dana Taylor ?
Join us at 9:00 am on Easter Sunday for a Moderate ride to Lake Forest College for brunch.  If Tim's ride is too fast for you, but you still want to enjoy the abundant brunch (for only $10.31) join us at Panera in Wilmette.
The ride will not go if it is raining
04/01 Sun 9:30 AM
40             F
Lake Forest College Easter Brunch ~ Tim Schoolmaster
This will be a classic fast (15-17 mph) paced 40-mile ride to the fabulous Sunday Easter Brunch at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. Depending on how many people show up, we may break into two groups.  We expect to get to Lake Forest at 11:30 am. 

Don`t eat breakfast before you leave for this ride! The brunch is huge & the price is only $10.31!
 
We will hoist our bloated bodies onto our bikes about 12:30 or 1:00, and come home via the Green Bay Trail. We should be back by 3:00 pm, even with a restroom stop.
04/08 Sun 9:00 AM
22             M
Back by Noon / North Shore Channel - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St., Evanston
On this ride we'll follow the North Shore Channel Trail into the city past Riverview to Belmont, visiting Ravenswood Gardens/Ravenswood Manor. There will be a rest/food stop halfway at Beans & Bagel, Rockwell and Leland.  Most of the ride is on paved trails in parks or on lightly traveled city streets.
04/17 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Riverwoods ~ Neal Ney
A slightly circuitous route through Riverwoods with lunch at Greek Feast.
04/17 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: History of Cycling in Chicago by Chris McAuliffee ~ Sharon Kaminecki
04/21 Sat 8:30 AM
40             M
Lake Front Trail to new 35th St Bridge/ visit Stephen DouglasTomb /Balbo Monument ~ Joanne Davis
Lake Front Trail to new 35th St Bridge/ visit Stephen DouglasTomb /Balbo Monument
Leaving from Chandler: Hopefully the weather will be cooperative. We'll journey down the lake front trail and ride over the stunning new pedestrian bridge, followed by a visit to The Douglas Tomb.  Lunch at Misercordia in Rogers Park.
http://chicago.curbed.com/2016/11/10/13577246/chicago-transportation-new-35th-street-pedestrian-bike-bridge-bronzeville-opens
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_A._Douglas_Tomb
 
Lunch at Manny's Deli
04/21 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F/F+
Century Training #1: Libertyville ~ Jeff Miller (F), RIDE LEADER NEDED (F+)
50    This is the first of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride.
We will ride out to Libertyville for a delicious brunch at the Liberty Restaurant.
 
Jeff Miller will lead a Fast group (15-17 mph) and a Fast Plus Leader will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
 
04/28 Sat 9:00 AM
60             F/F+
Century Training #2: Cuba Road ~ Steve Schoenfeld ? F, Melissa Gatuso F+
60   This is the second of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride

We will ride along the rolling hills of Cuba Road, beyond Cuba Marsh to Ela Rd, then stop at Long Grove for lunch on the way back.

Steve Schoenfeld will lead a Fast group (15-17 mph) and Melissa Gatuso will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph)
04/29 Sun 9:00 AM
24             C
Park Ridge ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
04/29 Sun 9:00 AM
             
Advanced Cycling Clinic ~ Alvin Spector ?
Come join a cycling clinic sponsored by the Chicago Women Elite Cycling group (CWEC). This clinic will include bike handling, safety, and group riding skills. The CWEC includes National and Olympic caliber cyclist and promotes women's involvement in bicycle racing. More information on the organization can be found here www.chicagowomenselite.com/ .
05/05 Sat 9:00 AM
20             M
Back by Noon / Super H - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
This is an easy ride to Niles with a rest/food stop at the Super H, a wonderful Korean food market.  Bring your backpacks so you can take home fresh seafood, vegetables, or dumplings.  We’ll travel on quiet streets for the most part, and the North Branch Trail.  Back by noon, unless you shop too long.
05/05 Sat 9:00 AM
70             F/F+
Century Training #3: Gurnee ~ Brian Montigney (F), Will Heelan (F+)
70  This is the third of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride.
We will take an indirect route to Gurnee, passing Almond Marsh and catching a distant glimpse of the roller coasters at Six Flags.  Lunch will be at the Avalon restaurant in Gurnee.
 
Brian Montigney will lead a Fast group (15-17 mph) and Will Heelan will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
05/06 Sun 8:00 AM
65             F
C.E.R.T.'s Pancake Breakfast Ride in Lake Zurich ~ Jeff Miller
  Prior to breakfast, we will do a few of the rollers on Cuba Road, circle Honey Lake and ride around the north side of Lake Zurich.  At mile 37, we will stop at the CERT Pancake Breakfast in Lake Zurich.  This is an all you can eat event for $7.00 per person.  The menu includes fluffy pancakes, sausages, muffins, coffee, juice and more!  There will be a silent auction, raffles and music.  All proceeds go to support CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) of South Lake County serving Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich and Ela Township - all communities we frequently ride through.
05/06 Sun 8:00 AM
60             M
C.E.R.T.'s Pancake Breakfast Ride in Lake Zurich ~ Dana Taylor ?
  We'll ride out to Lake Zurich for an all you can eat pancake breakfast.  For only $7 you get fluffy pancakes, sausages, muffins, coffee, juice and more!  There will also be a silent auction, raffles and music.  All proceeds go to support CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) of South Lake County.
05/06 Sun 9:00 AM
20             C
Chicago Botanic Garden Paved Trail Ride! - Remote: Harms Woods ~ Bill Benjamin
Remote Start: Harms Woods - Central (Groves 3&4) parking lot, 1/2 mile north of Golf on Harms Rd.  The parking lot is adjacent to the North Branch Trail.  We will ride the North Branch Bike Trail at a casual pace to the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Stop for a short walk and a snack then return by the trail.
 
05/09 Wed 8:30 AM
45             M
Visit to Osaka Japanese Garden ~ Joanne Davis
Visit to Osaka Japanese Garden and viewing Yoko Ono's "Sculpture of the Phoenix" in Hyde Park. 45 Miles. Lunch at Valois Cafeteria.
05/12 Sat 8:00 AM
80             F/F+
Century Training #4: Almost Algonquin via Cuba Rd ~ Peter Glaser (F), Melissa Gatuso (F+)
80   Let's go forth for the fourth of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride.
This is a beautiful ride out to Barrington Hills.  There are nice rolling hills on Cuba Road and a few steeper hills in Barrington Hills.  We also ride by several small scenic lakes.

Peter Glaser will lead a Fast group (15-17 mph) and Melissa Gatuso will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
05/13 Sun 9:00 AM
50             M
Forest Home Cemetery ~ Neal Ney
Join me for a moderately paced 50-mile ride to Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park.  We'll take a slow turn through the Cemetery stopping to look at the Haymarket Monument, Emma Goldman's grave, and the famed Dissenter's Row.
05/15 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Dutch Windmill in Elmhurst - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
We will ride to the oldest windmill in Illinois located in Mt Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst.
05/15 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Chicago Bike Plan ~ Sharon Kaminecki
05/16 Wed 7:00 PM
10             C
Ride of Silence - REMOTE: Wheel & Sprocket ~ Dave Barish ?
Evanston will again participate in the International Ride of Silence, www.rideofsilence.org on May 16th at 7 pm. On this date, riders all over the world will ride in silence to remember riders who have been injured or killed on the roads and to support cyclists and cycling.
 
Remote Start: Wheel & Sprocket, 1027 Davis, Evanston.
Please be at Wheel and Sprocket before 7 so we can all  talk before we silently leave on the 11 mile ride. Wheel and Sprocket will host us for some refreshments after the  ride.  If you are riding home you will need a light as it will be dark by the time we are done. Need a light? You can get one at the shop. Rides all over the world leave at 7pm to honor and remember people injured or killed on the road.  There is a listing for the ride at Ride of Silence- Evanston.  Come ride with us. This will be at a very casual pace. If you want to ride but are not near Evanston at 7 pm, you can try one of the other Rides of Silence in the Chicago area.  They are also listed on the calendar on The Chainlink. 
05/17 Thu 9:00 AM
13             C
Explore Evanston North ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Explore Evanston North is an 13 mile meander through northern/central Evanston along marked bike routes, bike paths and protected bike lanes with a stop at a point of interest in each of five wards.  There will be more stops than the typical EBC ride - but the last one will include food, as usual, at a downtown location.
05/19 Sat 8:00 AM
90             F/F+
Century Training #5: Volo Bog ~ Peter Glaser (F), Will Heelan (F+)
90 This is the fifth of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride. 
We're almost up to a century!  This week's century training ride takes us out to Volo Bog.   We will pick up sandwiches at Subway, picnic at Volo Bog, take a short hike around the Bog and then ride on down the road to dessert at either the Deerfield Bakery or Culver's.
 
Peter Glaser will lead a Fast group (15-17 mph) and Will Heelan will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
05/19 Sat 9:00 AM
22             C
This Old Bike Ride - Remote: Bucephalus Bikes ~ Joanne Davis
 Remote Start:  Bucephalus Bikes, 1424 Lake St, Evanston
Are you still fascinated and enthralled by your old (or current) bike?  Do you experience that "knees-in-the-breeze" freedom?  Feature your old, vintage or new steed and meet at Bucephalus Bikes, where we will be treated to some retro snacks of our childhood.  (Rest assured, we couldn't find any Tang.)  Curious?  Join us as we roll out to the Corner Bakery in the Glen.
All bikes are welcome - be it your old bike, your other bike or your only bike.  Maybe it would be fun to wear or bring a vintage or sentimental item or article of clothing.  We will probably be back between 12:30 and 1 pm.  Join us on this sentimental journey.
05/20 Sun 8:00 AM
28-69       V
Arlington 500 Ride ($) - Remote: Barrington High School ~ Felix Angelov
Remote start: Barrington High School - West Parking Lot, 616 W. Main Street, Barrington, Illinois 
Details are available on the Arlington Heights Bicycle Club website - http://www.cyclearlington.com/arlington500.php
Email Felix  vikfel@yahoo.com if you are planning to ride with us, so he can keep you updated about what time we plan to start and where to meet.
05/20 Sun 9:00 AM
             C
TBD ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
05/22 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Lake Bluff - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
We'll take a scenic route through Lake Forest and Lake Bluff to lunch at the famed Bluffingtons.
05/24 Thu 9:00 AM
11             C
Explore Evanston South - Remote: Levy Center ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Remote Start:  Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston
 
Explore Evanston South is an 11 mile meander through southern/central Evanston along marked bike routes, bike paths and protected bike lanes with a stop at a point of interest in each of six wards.  There will be more stops than the typical EBC ride - but the last one will include food, as usual, at a downtown location.
05/24 Thu 6:30 PM
25             M
Northbrook Velodrome Dinner Ride - Remote: Panera ~ Jeff Miller
EBC is sponsoring a night of racing at the Northbrook Velodrome on Thursday, May 24th.  The first race begins at 6:45 pm and the night wraps up around 9:30 or 10:00 pm.  The "showcase" races, the 5 & 10 Mile Record Attempts, are the second races of the evening and usually start about 8:15 pm.
The races on May 25th are:   ♦  Tempo (everyone)   ♦  10 Mile Record Attempt Scratch Race (Cat 1/2)   ♦  5 Mile Record Attempt Scratch Race (Cat 1/2/3 women)   ♦  1 Mile Scratch Race (all other categories)   ♦  Belgian Win & Out (everyone)
Descriptions of the different races are located here www.northbrookvelodrome.org/information/glossary-of-racing-terms
They do not sell food at the Velodrome, but you are allowed to bring your own (no alcohol permitted).  Sunset Foods Northbrook is just down the street, as well as other restaurants.
The entrance fee is $2, but if tell them you are with EBC, you will get in for free on May 24th.  You can either bike there on the dinner ride or meet us there on your own.
If you ride to the Velodrome with the dinner ride, expect to arrive about 7:30 pm.  We'll stay for a few races and leave between 8:30 and 9:00 pm.  If we have rain, sleet or snow, the ride will be canceled.  However, dark of night is in the plans.  If you plan to ride to this event, you must have proper lighting on your bike.
Any question, contact Jeff Miller  312-354-0080
 
05/26 Sat 
             Any
Horsey Hundred May 27-28 ($) - Remote: Georgetown, KY ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Experience the rolling hills in Kentucky’s Bluegrass on a Bicycle! The annual Horsey Hundred will be held the weekend of May 26-27, 2018, in Georgetown, KY (just north of Lexington).  A wide variety of distance options are offered (25, 41, 62, 82,102) on Sat and several shorter routes are offered on Sunday (26, 35, 53, 75).  Cost is $65 in advance and includes a post-ride meal both days.  A limited number of dorm rooms at Georgetown College are available for $50 for Friday & Saturday night.  Some may prefer a motel in the Georgetown area for a few more creature comforts.  If you arrive early, you are invited to join one of five open rides with the Bluegrass Cycling Club on Friday, May 26th in the Lexington area.  Website for the Horsey Hundred is http://horseyhundred.com/
 
The EBC Ride Leader will be riding an EBC group at Fast pace (15-17 mph) but this ride accommodates riders at all paces and distances if you prefer a different pace.
 
Please contact Ride Leader if you plan to participate and let them know when you plan to arrive.
 
05/26 Sat 8:00 AM
59             F+
Burlington, WI - REMOTE: Briston Woods, WI ~ Jay Twery ?
Remote Start:  Bristol Woods, WI
 
This ride will be on quiet rural roads with little traffic, some rolling hills, and a few steep ones.  This is one of my favorite club rides, and it's surprisingly scenic given it's only about 1 hour drive from Evanston.  It will be go at your own pace during the hilly sections, with a possible stop to regroup if people get spread out. There will be a lunch stop in the town of Burlington, and short break at miles 15 and 44. Please email me if you are going to come on the ride at jaytwery@gmail.com. I do not plan on bringing any cue sheets; please print your own using the Route link if you want one. 
 
Directions to start:  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp.  Go west 2.5 miles on Cty Q.  Turn right (north) on Cty MB for 0.8 miles.  Turn left into the Bristol Woods park entrance.  Follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill to the Pringle Nature Center.
 
If the weather looks bad, I'll post a cancellation on the forum by 6:30 on the day of the ride.
05/26 Sat 8:30 AM
40             M
Lake Bluff ~ Joanne Davis
Low end of moderate pace (about 13 mph). Come join us as we journey up to Panera at Route 176.  We'll travel through the Botanic Gardens, Ridge Ave, skirting Lake Forest Hospital.  Returning via the Bike Path and Ft. Sheridan route.
05/26 Sat 9:00 AM
54             F
Plainfield & More ~ Brian Montigney
A lovely 54 mile ride through the farmlands beyond Plainfield with a stop for lunch at a very cute diner in Newark, the Newark Country Kitchen. 
 
The ride will begin and end in the parking lot for the Mather Woods Forest Preserve. To get to there: 
1. travel South on I-55.
2. Turn right (NW) onto W Lincoln Hwy/US-30 W. 
3. Turn left onto W Renwick Rd/County Hwy-36. Continue to follow W Renwick Rd.
4. After crossing over the DuPage River, Mather Woods is (quickly) the second entry on your right. 
 
Estimated travel time is 75-85 minutes with low traffic on a Saturday morning.
 
Please let Brian know at whippetsx2@gmail.com beforehand if you wish to join the ride so we know if we need to wait for anyone at the start.
05/27 Sun 6:00 AM
40             M
Bike The Drive ($) - Remote: Dunkin Donuts, Howard & Western ~ Dana Taylor ?
Dana will be leading a group of EBC riders to "Bike The Drive" on Sunday, May 27th.  The group will meet at the Dunkin Donuts at Howard & Western and ride down together to the start at Bryn Mawr. The pace will be moderate 13 - 15 mph. Once we get onto Lake Shore Drive, we may split up as speeds may vary.
For details about Bike the Drive and to preregister go to http://www.bikethedrive.org/  

Please email Dana if you plan to come so he knows how many people to expect.  Contact Dana at danataylor1@comcast.net.  In the event of questionable weather he will post a cancellation by 5 am that morning. 
 
Be sure to pre-register for the ride!
 
05/27 Sun 9:00 AM
30             M/C
"Remembering Memorial Day"/ Visit to Ft Sheridan Cemetery ~ Joanne Davis (M), Cynthia Karabush (C)
"Remembering Memorial Day"/ Visit to Ft Sheridan Cemetery
 
I think that it is fitting that we pay our respect to service members over this Memorial Day Weekend, so I'd like to lead a ride to the cemetery at Fort Sheridan.  While there we can explore the cemetery, be humbled and show our gratitude to those deceased members Bring a poem to read if you wish. Taps may be sounded.  Please join me to "put remembrance back into Memorial Day."
 
Joanne will lead a group at the low end of Moderate (13 MPH) pace and Cynthia will lead a group at Casual pace (10-12 mph), with around 30 miles round trip.  Back around 1:30 or 2PM.
 
Lunch at Once Upon a Bagel in Highland Park.
05/28 Mon 7:00 AM
100           F/F+
Century Training Finale: Butter Burger Century to Pleasant Prairie, WI ~ John Chisholm (F), Melissa Gatuso (F ?
100  This is the last of a series of rides to prepare for a 100 mile ride.

This ride is on mostly rural roads after Gurnee and includes a few hills along the way.  Lunch will be at Culver's, home of the famous Butter Burger.

John Chisholm will lead at group at the high end of Fast (17 mph) and Melissa Gatuso will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
05/28 Mon 9:00 AM
59             F
Mundelein Caboose Resturant ~ Jeff Miller
We will start at Panera and ride to Mundelein at a Fast pace.  Total distance is 59 miles.  Lunch is at Caboose Restaurant in Mundelein.  We will return via the 176 trail to the North Branch Trail.  A link to the route on Ride with GPS is above.  Caboose Menu.
05/29 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Estate Lane - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
Join Neal for his expanded tour of the former Albert Lasker estate in Lake Forest.  We will be making lots of stops for building gawking.  If you would also like to know more about the estate you can find the publication at: Lasker Estate Tour Booklet
 
We will ride at a steady moderate pace to and from the estate, but some patience will be necessary as we explore the estate because of the frequent stops. It is possible that lunch will be a bit later than usual, so breakfast and snack accordingly.
 
05/31 Thu 9:00 AM
22             C
Trail Loop Ride: First Thursday Casual Ride of the Season!! ~ Connie Uselman
First Thursday Casual Ride of the Season!  Casual ride, 9 am from Chandler Park.  How many trails can we find in one day?  Come explore Skokie Valley Trail (south) to Sauganash Trail to the North Branch Trail and return via the Channel Trail.  We will nourish ourselves in Edgebrook or at Mariano's. Around 22 miles and return around 1:30.
 
06/02 Sat 8:00 AM
40             M
Mettawa and St. Mary's Road ~ Dave Barish ?
This ride will be at the cusp of casual and moderate.  Casual riders, fear not, you can make this distance.  Moderate riders, fear not, you will get in some good miles and we will have some paths where you can blaze ahead.  We will stop at Once Upon a Bagel in Highland Park before heading back.
06/02 Sat 9:00 AM
24             C
Back by Noon / Willow Hill - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
 
Jack will be leading this ride at High Casual pace, around 12 mph through south Wilmette, using the North Branch Trail and lightly traveled city streets, passing near The Glen on Ravine Way – only to face the HILL at Willow Hill.  There will be a rest/food stop at IHOP on our return from the Hill.  We’ll return through scenic Southeast Glenview.
 
06/03 Sun 7:30 AM
100           V
The Udder Century ($)- Remote: Union, IL ~ Felix Angelov
Remote Start: McHenry College, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL
 
We will do the 100 mile route on the Udder Century at a Very Fast pace. You must pre-register online at the link below!  If you are planning to join us, let me know so I can look for you.  Contact Felix at vikfel@yahoo.com.
 
Udder Century Website:  http://www.mchenrybicycleclub.org/index.php/udder-century
06/03 Sun 7:30 AM
62             F+
The Udder Century ($)- Remote: Union, IL ~ Alvin Spector
Remote Start: McHenry College, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL
 
We will do the 62 mile route on the Udder Century at a Fast Plus pace. If you are planning to join us, please let me know so I can look for you.  Contact Alvin Spector at Aspec@aol.com

Advanced registration with the McHenry Bicycle Club is necessary as they do not do same day registration: http://www.mchenrybicycleclub.org/index.php/udder-century
 
06/03 Sun 9:00 AM
20             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side ~ Cynthia Karabush
 
Join Cynthia for a casual bike tour of artisanal Cupcake and Gelato shops in Highland Park.  If you still have room, we'll stop for lunch in Highland Park.
06/07 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Edgebrook & more ~ Marty Horn
Our casual loop ride starts with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from Northwestern University.  We then head west and travel south on the McCormick bike path through the Skokie Sculpture Park.  Next, we head west on Pratt and stop for a snack in Edgebrook at either the Edgebrook Coffee Shop & Diner or the Corner Bakery up on Touhy.
 
Finally, we return via the North Branch bike trail through the forest preserves, then east via Glenview Road and the Wilmette Community Playfields.  We will ride at a casual pace of 10-12 mph.
 
06/08 Fri 
100-150   Any
June 8-10 Fight for Air Ride ($) - Remote: Crystal Lake ~ Steve Levinthal ?
Remote Start: McHenry College, Crystal Lake
 
The Fight for Air Ride is a fundraising event for the American Lung Association. Ride for a personal achievement, a new cycling experience or to honor a loved one affected by lung disease.  This is a two or three day event.  Cyclists of all levels ride 50 miles per day. Cycle the rolling hills of northern Illinois, and around the lakes of southern Wisconsin.  Three day riders depart on Friday morning and ride from Crystal Lake, IL to Lake Geneva, WI.  On Saturday, they enjoy a loop ride around the sparkling waters of Lake Geneva. On Sunday, the ride returns to Crystal Lake.  Two day riders depart on Saturday for Lake Geneva and return to Crystal Lake on Sunday.  Included in the ride are overnight accommodations at the beautiful Abbey Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, buffet meals and full SAG support.
 
Please sign ride sheet with EBC Leader and ride at any pace.
 
For more details and to register for the ride go to - Fight for Air Ride
 
06/09 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Libertyville Culvers ~ Jeff Miller
A nice big loop ride out to the Culvers in Libertyville.
06/09 Sat 10:00 AM
25             M
Hot Dogs in Highwood ~ Jo Gayle ?
 
Join us for a ride to Highwood, where we will stop for lunch at the Mean Wiener.  We will ride at a High Casual/Low Moderate pace, 11-13 mph.
06/10 Sun 
300           Any
Grand Illinois Bike Tour - June 10 to 15 ($) - Remote: Clinton, IL ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Join us June 10-15 for the 16th annual Grand Illinois Bike Tour. The 2018 route will feature central Illinois with a special focus on Abraham Lincoln history. We’ll enjoy great bicycling on quiet country roads and visit charming towns and places from Lincoln’s life in Springfield, Decatur, New Salem, and his days as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit.
 
Our unforgettable six-day ride will make a loop starting and ending in Clinton, with overnight stops in Lincoln, Springfield (2 nights), and Decatur (2 nights). Choose among our daily mileage options for a total ranging from 200 to 370 miles. Pick between our camping and motel options, and enjoy evenings filled with good food and fellowship with riders hailing from around the country. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support our mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride.  Choose between camping or motel options; most meals included. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support its mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride. For more info and pricing, check out the website:  http://rideillinois.org/events/grandillinoisbiketour/
 
Ride at your own pace with daily routes ranging 43-59 miles and longer route options available.  Let the Ride Leader know if you plan to join the ride to sign in and make sure your mileage is recorded.  
06/10 Sun 8:00 AM
70             F
Barrington Hills & Beyond - Remote: Village Green Park, Northbrook ~ Jeff Miller
Remote start:  Village Green Park in Northbrook (corner of Walters & Meadow).  If you drive, many streets have parking restrictions. There is a parking lot on Walters, just southeast of the park, where you should be able to park.

We will ride through the rolling hills of Barrington Hills, passing horse farms and mansions.  After Barrington, our route continues along the scenic Fox River, then onto the Prairie & Fox River Bike Trails - which are flat, nicely paved and frequently shaded by a canopy of trees.  Lunch will be at a small cafe along the bike path in East Dundee.  After lunch, we return on the bike trail and then onto some different hills and more horse farms and mansions.
 
The pace will be Fast (15-17 mph).  Fast Plus riders are welcome to form a separate group and ride ahead.
 
Anyone looking for a longer ride can start at Panera in Wilmette at 7 am and meet us in Northbrook for a total of 90 miles.
06/10 Sun 8:00 AM
             Any
Ride 2 Recovery Honor Ride Chicago ($) - Remote: Evanston Subaru of Skokie ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
 Remote Start:  Evanston Subaru of Skokie, 3340 Oakton St, Skokie
 
Help injured and healing veterans, through cycling on Sunday, June 10 at 8am.  Tom Witt will be leading an EBC group at Fast pace (15-17mph) but this ride accommodates riders at all speeds.
 
Developed by Ride 2 Recovery/Project HERO and sponsored by Evanston Subaru in Skokie and United Airlines, Honor Ride Chicago provides a life changing experience for our healing heroes.  Ride with veterans, enlisted military and hundreds of supporters on a fun, non-competitive ride along the North Shore.   
 
Ride begins in Skokie.  Three non-competitive distances: 18, 36 or 50 miles. Ride features rest stops and SAG support in case of a flat tire or if you need a lift.  Following the ride, at Evanston Subaru in Skokie, you’ll receive a finishing medal, enjoy a free lunch from Del Campo’s taco bar and live entertainment by the Humboldt Park Orchestra.  
 
Please join Honor Ride Chicago for a memorable day saluting our military heroes.  In years past, Honor Ride Chicago has been honored to have a US Senator and Congressman in attendance to support our Veterans.
 
Please register today at:
 
 
06/10 Sun 9:30 AM
45             M
Lyons WI - Ye Olde Hotel Remote: Brighton Dale Golf Course ~ Ken Schulein
This ride goes on rural roads with rolling hills to the town of Lyons where we stop for lunch at Ye Olde Hotel which was once a stagecoach stop. The pace with be Moderate (14-15) but slower on the hills. Faster riders may ride ahead at there own pace.The 9:30 start is timed so we get to the restaurant after it opens. 
 
Remote Start: Brighton Dale Golf Course. Take I-94 North. 7.5 miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #340 WI-142 West toward Burlington. Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 8.5 miles on WI-142. Turn right (north) at WI-75 (248th St) and go 0.7 miles. Turn left into golf course entrance. Follow the park road about 0.5 mile to the parking lot next to the club house. Park at an empty area of the lot. Allow an hour and 15 minutes from Evanston.
06/12 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Middlefork Savanna - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
A savanna is open woodland with grasses and forbs growing under the trees.  We will ride at a moderate pace to this rare remnant from Illinois' pre-settlement past.  We'll ride a bit more than four miles on the limestone trail in the preserve at a slow pace with some stops for nature gawking. The trail is suitable for road bikes (as long as you are not in a hurry).  After lunch we will resume our moderate pace on the roads and paved paths back to Evanston.
06/14 Thu 9:00 AM
22             C
Butterfly Garden at Chicago Botanic Gardens ~ Ken Schulein
Ride to Botanic Garden via the new trail connecting the Green Bay Trail to the Chicago Botanic Gardens and view the Butterfly Garden ($6/$5 Senior). Bring snack/sandwich or buy one at our rest stop at Bob's Deli. We will stop at a shelter to eat our snacks then view the butterfly garden or just explore the gardens if you prefer.
 
06/15 Fri 
130-150   Any
Peninsula Century ($) - Remote: Bailey's Harbor, WI ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Remote: Bailey's Harbor Town Hall, 2392 Cty F, Bailey's Harbor, WI.
 
Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th -  Extend your fun in Door County!  Melissa Gattuso is leading a Fast Plus group at 18-20 mph, 30-50 mile ride on an extra ride on Friday, June 15th, the day before the Peninsula Century (Time and location TBD). We will meet at the start of the Century in Bailey’s Harbor on Saturday, June 16th.  Group will decide on an optional Sunday, June 17th ride.  More information on the Century can be found at peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com.  Other groups may form at other speeds if ride leaders are present.  Contact Melissa Gattuso at melissa.gatttuso@icloud.com if you are interested.
 
Peninsula Century Spring Classic - A Door County Century Ride:  peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com
 
Melissa will be leading an EBC Fast Plus group at 18-20 mph for the Century itself, but the ride is open to riders at all speeds if you prefer a different pace.  The Peninsula Century Spring Classic bike ride is the only spring Door County century ride offering routes of 25, 50, 62, and 100 miles through beautiful northern Door County.
06/15 Fri 6:30 AM
12             C
One-way ride to Bike To Work Day Rally - Remote: Dunkin Donuts, Howard & Western ~ Dave Barish ?
Remote Start: Dunkin Donuts at Howard and Western
 
Bicycles are a great means of transportation.  Sure, its fun to ride.  But we also ride because we have somewhere to go.  The City of Chicago's Bike to Work Day Rally celebrates bicycles as a commuting option.  Many club members commute to work. Let's get up early, ride through the city and celebrate with other commuters.  The City always gives away cool T shirts and free stuff to eat. This ride ends at Daley Plaza. There are no planned food stops.
06/16 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Lake Forest ~ Dana Taylor ?
Join Dana for a moderate ride to Lake Forest.  Lunch will be at Ferentino's - enjoy pizza, pasta, sandwich or salad before your return to Wilmette.
06/17 Sun 
339           Any
Bicycle Across Missouri, June 17-22 - Remote: Weston, Missouri $ ~ Scott Schaedel ?
Bicycle Across Missouri, June 17-22. Big BAM is Missouri's cross state bike tour and music festival. Over six days of riding you'll experience the stunning hospitality of small towns, gorgeous roads, and incredible live music every night. Six days of riding across some beautiful pristine countryside. We’ll stay on hard-surfaced roads with minimal traffic. And don’t forget the parties at each of the seven overnight towns where we will have a concert and festival every night. Total mileage is 339 miles over 6 days of riding. (Note: this is a camping trip; but there is an optional tent service which will do all of the work for you! Just arrive at your daily destination, shower, and plop down in your luxurious accommodations!) Cost is an economical $249 for the week, not including food and a nominal bus shuttle to the starting point.  For more info, see https://www.bigbamride.com/.  Ride Leader: Scott Schaedel at svschaed@gmail.com, 847-239-2879.
 
Scott will be leading an EBC group at Classic Fast speed around 15-16mph but the ride is open to riders at all speeds if you prefer a different pace.
06/17 Sun 8:00 AM
70             F
Burlington, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods, WI ~ Jay Twery ?
Remote Start:  Bristol Woods, WI
 
This ride will be on quiet rural roads with little traffic, some rolling hills, and a few steep ones.  This is a favorite club ride, and it's surprisingly scenic given it's only about 1 hour drive from Evanston.  It will be go at your own pace during the hilly sections, with a stop to regroup as needed if people get spread out. There will be a lunch stop in the town of Burlington, and a short break at miles 15 and 44. Please email Ride Leader if you are going to come on the ride so we can look for you. I do not plan on bringing any cue sheets; please print your own using the Route link if you want one. 
 
Directions to start:  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp.  Go west 2.5 miles on Cty Q.  Turn right (north) on Cty MB for 0.8 miles.  Turn left into the Bristol Woods park entrance.  Follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill to the Pringle Nature Center.
 
If the weather looks bad, I'll post a cancellation on the forum by 6:30 on the day of the ride.
 
06/17 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Glencoe ~ Bill Benjamin
We'll do much of the NSC 25 mile route.  Mostly quiet, residential streets.
06/19 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
 
 
06/21 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Georgie V's in Northbrook ~ Bill Benjamin
Destination - lunch at Georgie V's in Northbrook.  This ride is mostly on residential streets and in the forest preserve. 
06/23 Sat 8:30 AM
70             F
Jelly Belly Ride - Remote: Lake Forest Northcroft Park ~ Steve Tattleman

Remote Start: Northcroft Park - located at the southeast corner of Old Elm & Ridge in Lake Forest. The main entrance is on Ridge, south of Old Elm.

We will ride up to Pleasant Prairie, WI to visit the Jelly Belly distribution center. Our lunch stop will be at Culver's in Pleasant Prairie. After lunch, we will head over to the Jelly Belly center where you will find a plethora of sugary snacks. Make sure you have some way to carry your Jelly Belly purchases home with you. And, just to ensure you don't lose weight on this ride, we will stop at Culver's in Gurnee on the way home for an ice cream sundae or root beer float!

06/23 Sat 8:30 AM
37             M
Lake Forest: Estate Lane ~ Joanne Davis
Estate Lane and view of Albert Lasker's remaining estate buildings.  Lunch stop at Bannockburn Green.
06/23 Sat 9:00 AM
20             C
Chicago Botanic Garden ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
We will ride to the Chicago Botanic Garden and spend about an hour walking through the gardens and having lunch.
06/26 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Riverwoods - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
We'll take a scenic, but less than direct route to Riverwoods.  Lunch will be at Greek Feast.
06/28 Thu 9:00 AM
20             C
Glencoe & Homer's Ice Cream ~ Ed Culp
We will ride through residential streets up to Glencoe, stop at Homer's for ice cream, then ride back to Chandler.
06/29 Fri 9:00 AM
20             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side - Chandler Start ~ Cynthia Karabush
Join Cynthia for a casual bike tour of artisanal Cupcake and Gelato shops in Highland Park.  If you still have room, we'll stop for lunch in Highland Park.
07/01 Sun 8:00 AM
61             F+
Burlington Wisconsin Scenic Cruise - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Melissa Gattuso
Melissa will lead a Fast Plus Group (17-20mph) leaving Briston Woods at 08:00AM!
 
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.

There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  We will ride at Fast Plus (17-20mph).  Most of the route is on scenic rural roads.  Lunch will be at a lovely cafe in Burlington - The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine.  We will also stop for root beer floats at the Dairy Queen in Silver Lake.
 
If weather is questionable check the Rides Forum after 6:30 AM.
07/01 Sun 9:00 AM
50             F
Civil War Days at Lakewood Forest Preserve($) - Remote: Village Green Park in Northbrook ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
 Remote Start - Village Green Park in Northbrook, located at the corner of Walters & Meadow Rd
 
We will ride out to Wauconda for lunch at Lindy's or Bulldogs.  After lunch, we will enjoy a visit to Civil War Days.
 
The boom of cannons, the crack of rifle shots, and the galloping of horse hooves will welcome you to the Civil War Days encampment at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.
Admission is $5 for seniors and $10 for other adults.  Get $1 off admission with this coupon
Bring a lock for your bike.
• Meet President & Mrs. Lincoln, Civil War era generals, Harriet Tubman & Sojourner Truth.
• Wander through civilian camps to see artisans and tradesmen at work.
• Experience a soldier's life with reenactments of pay day, weapon checks, drills and mail call.
• See drills and demonstrations by cavalry, infantry and artillery units.
• Explore public amusements and horticultural and domestic arts exhibitions at the 1863 Summer Fair.
• Shop Civil War era vendors.

If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be an F+ section.
07/01 Sun 9:00 AM
63             F
Burlington Wisconsin Scenic Cruise - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Brian will lead a FAST group (15-17mph) leaving Bristol Woods at 09:00AM.
 
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.

There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  We will ride at Fast pace (17-20mph).  Most of the route is on scenic rural roads.  Lunch will be at a lovely cafe in Burlington - The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine.  We will also stop for root beer floats at the Dairy Queen in Silver Lake.
 
If weather is questionable check the Rides Forum after 7:30 AM.
07/03 Tue 9:00 AM
55             M/F
Libertyville - Liberty Restaurant ~ Neal Ney (M), RIDE LEADER NEEDED (F)
We will celebrate Independence Day with a ride to Libertyville and lunch at the Liberty restaurant. 
07/03 Tue 6:30 PM
             M
Tuesday Night Fireworks & Feast Ride ~ John Chisholm ?
Remote start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
 
EBC Fireworks Enthusiasts:
 
On Tuesday, July 3rd, we will have a triple action-packed night of cycling, eating, and oohing-ahing. Once again Wilmette will be celebrating the '3rd of July' in grand style.  This includes a spectacular fireworks display at Gillson Park at the lakefront, starting at 9:30 pm.
 
This ride will start at Panera in Wilmette at 6:30pm.   We will meander around the North Shore at a very moderate pace, and will arrive at 7:30pm at the highly acclaimed Ridgeview Grill (at high Ridge Road and Lake Avenue in Wilmette) for a pre-fireworks feast and general bacchanal.   After those festivities, we will proceed under our own 2-wheel power to the Wilmette fireworks.
 
We plan to sit on the eastern lawn (near the public sidewalk) of the Baha'i Temple, on Sheridan Road just south of the Wilmette harbor, for an unobstructed view of the fireworks. 
 
Feel free to join us for one or more of these activities.   Lights and helmets are mandatory, mosquito repellent and something to sit on are recommended.   It should be an enjoyable Summer night and pre-Independence Day celebration.
 
07/05 Thu 9:00 AM
32             C
Views of the Lake from Ft. Sheridan ~ Ken Schulein
07/07 Sat 8:45 AM
45/65       M/F
Waterford Factory Ride - Remote: Waterford, WI ~ Ken Schulein (M), Bill Benjamin (F)
Remote Start: Waterford Precision Cycles 816 W. Bakke Ave, Waterford, WI
Get out of the city and head to Wisconsin for some beautiful, rural riding!   See how top quality, custom bicycles are built.
 
This will be a joint ride with Milwaukee's Cream City Cycle Club.  Come early for the factory tour.  Richard Schwinn will give a tour of the Waterford Precision Cycles Factory from 8:00 am to 8:30 am.  The ride will start at 8:45 am.  There will be three route options - 20, 45 or 65 miles.  The routes will be on beautiful, quiet Wisconsin roads with rolling hills.
 
Allow 1.5 hours from Evanston to Waterford:  take I-94 to WI-20 west (exit 333), turn left on Jefferson St (Cty W), go south 1 mile, turn right on Bakke.
 
Ken will lead a ride on the 45 mile route at a Moderate Pace (13-15 mph) and Bill Benjamin will lead a ride on the 65 mile route at a Fast Pace (15-17 mph). Both rides leave at 8:45.  Look for the EBC Ride Leader at the factory entrance so you can sign in. 
07/07 Sat 9:00 AM
23             M
Back by Noon / Bryn Mawr - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
A new route for BBNers - Into the city on the North Branch Trail to Edgebrook for a lunch stop.  Then, we'll weave our way on street bike lanes to the North Branch Trail and home.
07/08 Sun 8:30 AM
40             F
Cantigny Park, Wheaton - Remote: Villa Park ~ Brian Montigney
The ride starts in Villa Park and travels roads through scenic western suburbs until circling the Fermilab in Batavia. After that we stop at Cantigny Park in Wheaton for lunch and a tour of the First Division Museum and/or McCormick Mansion and the Park Gardens. There is a Dairy Queen on the return route shortly before the end of the ride.
 
The ride is relatively short – 40 miles – so that we have time to explore this hidden treasure of a park/museum. Here is the link to the Cantigny website:  http://www.cantigny.org/
 
One way to get to the start of the ride is:
 
·         Go South on the Tollway (I-294)
·         Exit West onto I-290 towards Rockford/IL 64  
·         Immediately, at the first interchange, go West on North Ave (IL 64)
·         Go Left (south) at IL 83 
·         Go Right (west) at St. Charles Ave
·         Go Left (south) in three blocks at Villa Ave
·         Go Right (west) in two blocks at Kenilworth Ave. (If you cross railroad tracks you have gone too far)
·         Shortly after turning onto Kenilworth, you'll find public parking on the right, from which the ride will start. It is a U-shaped parking lot around a little park, which doubles as a trail head for the Great Western Bicycle Trail.  The public parking lot is located right behind the More Brewing Company at 126 S. Villa Ave, Villa Park, IL, 60181.
 
Driving from Wilmette takes 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic. 
 
Please send an eMail to either Brian, whippetsx2@gmail.com or Diana Montigney, dmontign@gmail.com if you decide to enjoy the outing with us, so no one gets left behind if they are running late!
07/08 Sun 9:00 AM
50             M
Buffalo Grove - 50 ~ Dana Taylor ?
07/10 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
EBC Pool Party - Panera Start ~ Shel Orkin
Shel Orkin will be hosting his annual EBC pool party on Tuesday.   We’ll leave from Panera.  Bring a swim suit, towel and lunch money.  Shel will bring in lunch and the cost will be shared by the group.
07/12 Thu 9:00 AM
29             C
Cherry Pit Cafe in Deerfield ~ Marty Horn
We will be riding to the Cherry Pit Cafe in Deerfield via a nice meandering route that does not use Deerfield Rd and maintaining EBC's alternative moniker, Eating Biking Club.  Except for eating, this ride is casual: 10-12 mph & 29 miles.
07/12 Thu 6:30 PM
25             M
Taste of Park Ridge Dinner Ride - Remote: Panera ~ Jeff Miller
Remote Start:  Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
This week the Thursday dinner ride will go to Taste of Park Ridge - featuring a variety of local restaurant food vendors and live entertainment.
07/14 Sat 7:00 AM
108           F+
Bull Valley ~ Steven Schoenfeld ?
The total distance is about 108 miles. This is one of the more challenging rides on the EBC schedule.
 
Alternative remote start for a 68 mile ride: Deerfield Panera on Milwaukee @ 08:30am.  Please notify ride leader if you intend to meet there!
07/14 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Middlefork Savanna ~ Neal Ney
We will ride at a moderate pace (13 – 15 mph) to this rare remnant from Illinois' pre-settlement past.  We'll ride a bit more than four miles on the limestone trail in the preserve at a slow pace with some stops for nature gawking. The trail is suitable for road bikes (as long as you are not in a hurry).
Lunch will be at the Panera in Lake Bluff.  After lunch we will resume our moderate pace on the roads and paved paths back to Evanston.  Our total distance will be around 45 miles.
07/14 Sat 9:00 AM
41             F
Discover Deerfield ~ Jeff Miller
We will take a meandering route to lunch at the Rhapsody Cafe in Deerfield, a town we often ride past, but not into.
07/15 Sun 8:00 AM
72             F/F+
Barrington Hills & Beyond - Remote: Northbrook Village Green ~ Jeff Miller (F) / Will Heelan (F+)
Remote start:  Village Green Park in Northbrook (corner of Walters & Meadow). 
 
Jeff Miller will lead a Fast group (16-17 mph) and Will Heelan will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20 mph).
 
We will ride through the rolling hills of Barrington Hills, passing horse farms and mansions.  We will continue beyond Barrington, riding along the scenic Fox River.  Then, we pick up a few miles of the Prairie & Fox River Bike Trail which is flat, nicely paved and surrounded by lovely wooded areas.  Lunch will be at a small cafe along the bike path in East Dundee.  After lunch, we return on the bike trail and then onto some different hills and more horse farms and mansions.
 
07/15 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Logan Square Farmers Market ~ Dave Barish ?
We will ride to the Logan Square Farmers Market at a casual pace.  We will stay at the market for a while to walk around, listen to music, eat and buy fresh things to bring home.  Bring a lock for your bike and panniers to carry home your purchases.  Much of the ride will be on the North Shore Channel Trail.
07/17 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Lake Forest - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
Our route to Lake Forest and back will be mostly familiar, with a route variation on the final approach to Lake Forest that will take us along some streets we seldom ride.  Lunch will be at Caputo Cheese Market in Lake Forest.
07/17 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
07/19 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Superdawg ~ Bill Benjamin
Ride will be mostly on a trail through the forest preserves.  Destination is Superdawg, a drive-in that is a Chicago Landmark. 
07/21 Sat 9:00 AM
25             C
Coffee and Ice Cream Ride ~ Jo Gayle ?
Our Coffee and Ice Cream Ride is going to Highland Park for coffee (not sure where yet), and then to Graeter's on Green Bay Rd. in Hubbard Woods for ice cream!  We will ride at a high casual/low moderate pace (11-13 mph).
07/21 Sat 9:00 AM
63             F/F+
Burlington, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ LEADER NEEDED (F) / Jay Twery (F+) ?
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
 
There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  Lunch will be in picturesque downtown Burlington. We will be mostly on scenic rural roads.  On the way back we will stop in Silver Lake for root beer floats.
 
LEADER NEEDED to lead a Fast group (15-17mph) and Jay will lead a Fast Plus group (17-20mph).
07/22 Sun 9:00 AM
30             C
Fort Sheridan & La Casa de Isaac ~ Bill Benjamin
Enjoy a casual ride up to Fort Sheridan.  On the route back, stop for a unique Mexican brunch at La Casa de Isaac in Highland Park.
07/24 Tue 9:00 AM
40             M
Mitsuwa - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
We'll ride to Mitsuwa, a popular Japanese food court in Arlington Heights.
07/26 Thu 9:00 AM
27             C
Seafood City! ~ Connie Uselman
How many trails can one take in a morning ride? Let's find out. Is it possible to connect the new Skokie Valley Trail (south) to the Sauganash Trail to the Chicago River North Branch Trail to the Channel Trail? Join us and see. For fuel and refreshments we will graze at Seafood City, a Filipino Supermarket. This market contains many quick-serve grilling stations. Bring a pannier for take home treats.
 
Round trip is 25 to 27 miles, back around 2 pm.
 
07/28 Sat 8:00 AM
75             F
Lake Geneva, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Steven Schoenfeld ?
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
 
We will ride from Bristol Woods to Lake Geneva, circling counter clockwise around the scenic lake, stop for lunch in Fontana, then return to Bristol Woods.  Steven will be leading the group at Fast pace (15-17mph) If there is interest and another rider leader, there may be another group riding at Fast Plus (17-20mph).
 
Expect some very challenging hills, especially on the loop around Lake Geneva.  Be sure to bring a bike with the appropriate gearing for steep hills.
07/28 Sat 8:00 AM
77             F
Pierogi Fest in Whiting ~ Jeff Miller
JOIN US AS WE Ride from Wilmette down Chicago's Lakefront path, along part of the Burnham Greenway Bike path and past Wolf Lake to Pierogi Fest. Some street fests subsist of bad bands and overpriced beer. Pierogi Fest takes a different tack: tacky (in a good way).  Highlights include Eastern Bloc Jeopardy, THREE STAGES FOR LIVE MUSIC and, of course, a pierogi-eating contest. Go hungry. FREE ADMISSION

Option to meet us at the Clock Tower by Marovitz Golf Course on the Lakefront Path in Chicago. The Clock Tower is at the south end of the golf course at Recreation Dr. (South of Irving Park, North of Belmont Harbor.)  Metered parking  is available in the lot east or west of the tennis courts - allow at least 8 hours for the ride.  We should be there around 9:00 am.
07/29 Sun 7:00 AM
100           F+
Pampered Century - Remote: Chandler ~ Art Gilfand ?
Looking to ride a century with the feeling of support behind you?  Come along on the Pampered Century.   We’ll be heading north to the Kenosha Velodrome on mainly quiet roads.  You might even get to take a spin on the velodrome.  This year Brian Bird and Jim Adgate will fill in as ride leaders as yours truly, Art Gilfand will not be able to lead the ride.  But I will be in the SAG truck.
 
Jim Kreps will be providing your SAG service and caterer.  At each of the two rest stops in each direction, Jim will have his truck loaded with fruits, energy drinks and bars, juices, bagels and snacks.  He will also cater lunch at the mid-point at the Kenosha Velodrome with a variety of lunchmeats, PBJ and sandwich fixings.  More importantly, if something goes wrong with your bike, Jim can be there and fix most minor problems and get you moving.   If something goes wrong with you and you need a bit of a rest, he can bring you to the next rest stop or further if needed.
 
The ride begins at the Chandler Community Center, 1028 Central Street in Evanston. There is street parking on Lincoln Street and you are near the Central Street station of the CTA Purple Line.  The ride begins promptly at 7:00 and we plan to return between 5:00 and 6:30.   Expect a riding pace between 15 and 19 mph.
 
There is a $20 charge for the food and SAG vehicle costs.  Please bring cash that morning.  The ride is a joint event with the Chicago Cycling Club and EBC.
 
If you intend to go on this ride or have any questions, please contact Art Gilfand at 773-871-1872 or by email at chicubz2006@yahoo.com.
07/29 Sun 8:00 AM
70             V
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Panera Bread, Wilmette ~ Felix Angelov
Remote: Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette.
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston.
07/29 Sun 8:30 AM
40             F
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Tom Witt
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston.  From Chandler, ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.
07/29 Sun 8:30 AM
42             F+
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Brian Montigney
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston. From Chandler ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.
07/29 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Marty Horn
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston. From Chandler ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.

We'll leave from Lighthouse Park for a ride through the northern suburbs.  
07/29 Sun 9:00 AM
35             M
EBC Picnic Ride - Remote: Lighthouse Park, Central & Sheridan ~ Ed Culp
The picnic will be at Lighthouse Park, Sheridan Road and Central Street in Evanston. From Chandler ride 0.4 miles east on Lincoln, turn left on Sheridan.  Ride 0.2 miles north to Lighthouse Park.
08/02 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
The Glen ~ Bill Benjamin
We will journey to the Glen. Our ride will take us around the Techny conservation basin as well as the beautiful park by the Glen. We will stop at the Corner Bakery for a snack.
08/04 Sat 
160           Any
West Michigan Shoreline Ride, August 4-11. Remote; Traverse City, MI $ ~ Scott Schaedel ?
Celebrate 32 years of traveling spectacular Lake Michigan during the 2018 Shoreline West Bicycle Tour, August 4-11. Be part of an unforgettable seven-day vacation as you pedal tree-lined roadways and past breathtaking waterfront views. Enjoy local wineries, brewpubs, farmer's markets, crystal-clear lakes, historic resort towns, and the iconic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted 'Most Beautiful Place in America'! This fully supported route begins in Montague and ends at the head of the world-famous Mackinac Bridge. Come see why the west side of Michigan has been heralded as a must-cycle destination for riders of all ages.  The $390 fee includes two meals daily and shuttle bus return to Traverse City.  Click link for more info: League of Michigan Bicyclists Shoreline West Bicycle Ride. Ride Leader: Scott Schaedel at  svschaed@gmail.com.  Please call Scott before registering – 847-239-2879.
 
Scott will be leading an EBC group at Classic Fast speed around 15-16 mph but the ride is open to riders at all speeds if you prefer a different pace.
08/04 Sat 8:00 AM
60-80       V+
Barrington Hills - Remote: Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve ~ Felix Angelov
Remote Start VF+ Ride to Barrington Hills. Will start at Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve (18163 W Checker Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047) at 08:00 Sharp. We will ride in the Barrington Hills area for 60-80 miles with a short stop in the middle. Contact Felix at vikfel@yahoo.com if you plan on riding so you can get any last moment changes/updates.
08/04 Sat 8:30 AM
60             F
Wauconda - Remote: Village Green Park, Northbrook ~ Steve Tattleman
Remote start:  Village Green Park in Northbrook (corner of Walters & Meadow).  If you drive, many streets have parking restrictions. There is a parking lot on Walters, just southeast of the park, where you should be able to park.
 
We will ride from Northbrook to Wauconda and have lunch at Docks (Docks Bar & Grill - on the waterfront of Bangs Lake).  Culver's ice cream on the way home.
 
 
08/05 Sun 9:00 AM
22             M
Back By Noon / North Shore Channel - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
On this ride we'll follow the North Shore Channel Trail into the city past Riverview to Belmont, visiting Ravenswood Gardens/Ravenswood Manor. There will be a rest/food stop halfway at Beans & Bagel, Rockwell and Leland.  Most of the ride is on paved trails in parks or on lightly traveled city streets.
08/07 Tue 9:00 AM
48             M
Panera to Panera, the long way - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
A slightly meandering route from Panera (Wilmette) to Panera (Lake Bluff).
08/09 Thu 9:00 AM
20             C
Chocolate Shoppe ~ Marty Horn
 Take a casual ride to the Chocolate Shoppe for ice cream.   
08/11 Sat 
50             M
Gus's Drive In, Remote Start: Wisconsin ~ Ken Schulein
50 mile ride in Wisconsin hills with lunch at the famed Gus's Drive-In, 3131 Main St, East Troy, WI.
08/11 Sat 7:00 AM
100           F+
Century Ride to Wisconsin ~ John Chisholm ?
This ride will pass by the golden Pyramid House and its Colossus and by Lake Shangri-La with its life extending waters.
08/11 Sat 9:00 AM
26             C
Northbrook Court - Remote: Bucephalus Bikes ~ Joanne Davis ?
Remote Start:  Bucephalus Bikes, 1424 Lake St, Evanston (a few blocks west of Ridge)
 
Journey to the Corner Bakery at Northbrook Court
08/11 Sat 9:00 AM
35             M
Botanic Garden Kite Festival ~ Will Heelan
Ride up to the Botanic Garden for the Kite Festival.  We will enjoy a synchronized kite flying team performance set to music by the Chicago Fire Kite Team.  See a video here: Chicago Fire Kite Team @ Botanic.  There will be very simple food (sandwiches and hot dogs) available at the festival.
 
We will ride at the high end of moderate - 15 mph.
 
Our very indirect and circuitous route to the Botanic Garden will head north on Sheridan Road, taking some familiar routes to Highland Park, but with a few different twists and turns.  We will meander into some neat little nooks and crannies and travel on a couple of obscure little bike paths which you may not have seen before.  Around 11:30 am, we will enter Botanic Garden from the north, lock up our bikes and head out to the meadow for the Kite Festival.  Around 1:00 pm, we will leave the festival and head south through the forest preserves and take the scenic route through Indian Hills golf course, getting back to Wilmette around 2:30 pm for an optional stop at Homer's Ice Cream in Wilmette.
 
Please bring a lock for your bike and possibly shoes suitable for walking - it's about a 5 minute walk out to the meadow for the Kite Festival.  It is wise to bring a hat since we will be sitting in the grass out in the sun watching the kites.  For more info, follow this link - Kite Festival
08/11 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Picnic Basket Restaurant in Libertyville ~ Jeff Miller
The Picnic Basket is known for it's distinctive gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads (Picnic Basket Menu).  The distance will be 50 miles and the pace around 16 mph.
08/12 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Highland Park's Sweet Side ~ Cynthia Karabush
 
Join Cynthia for a casual bike tour of artisanal Cupcake and Gelato shops in Highland Park.  If you still have room, we'll stop for lunch in Highland Park.
08/12 Sun 11:30 AM
66             F+
Bristol Woods dinner ride: Remote ~ Jay Twery ?
Remote Start: Bristol Woods, Wisconsin
 
Jay will lead an afternoon ride from Bristol Woods County Park to Lyons WI. We will go in the opposite direction then most of the rides this year, and on a slightly different route. Since we will be starting late in the day, there won't be a stop tor a sit down lunch during the ride. There will still be 3 rest stops and all have some sort of food  available.  This will be a beautiful hilly ride in rural Wisconsin with a few small towns, some horses, cows, and barns along the way. There are a couple of new roads to try so there could be a last minute surprise.
 
The real purpose of the ride is to go to the Colony House Supper Club for dinner, which is on the route for many club rides in the area. It's intriguing because it's in the middle of nowhere, and looks frozen in time. You are welcome to come on the ride and/or to the dinner, but you need to tell Jay no later then Friday afternoon if you want to go to the Supper Club (6:00pm). The restaurant is about a 20 minute drive from the Park.
 
Restaurant: Colony House Supper Club
 
Directions to start: Bristol Woods County Park. Take I-94 North. A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q. Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Cty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.8 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance. Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
08/14 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Lambs Farm - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
 
We'll lunch in the popular restaurant at this famed institution for the developmentally disabled.
08/14 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
08/16 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Northbrook and Georgie V's ~ Ken Schulein
We will ride at a casual pace (10-12 mph) to Georgie V's Restaurant in Northbrook.  On the way, we'll stop to see the velodrome and you may have a chance to ride  a loop or two if you wish. 
 
This ride starts at Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston.  We will meet at the American Legion building because of the summer camp.
 
08/17 Fri 9:00 AM
20             M
Air & Water Show - Remote: South Blvd & Chicago Ave ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  South Blvd & Chicago Ave, Evanston
Even on a hot August day this is an easy ride, mostly along Chicago’s lakefront bike path, following the bike route through East Rogers Park on the way.  We’ll watch the show at Fullerton Avenue.  The Friday Chicago Air & Water Show, while technically a rehearsal, is a full-blown production.  It starts at 11 am and ends at 4 pm.  Chicago Air & Water Show.
08/18 Sat 8:00 AM
38             C
Oak Park ~ Dave Barish ?
We will ride at a casual pace to Oak Park.  Our planned destination is Prairie Bread Kitchen http://www.prairiebreadkitchen.com/ in downtown Oak Park.  We will probably get to Oak Park by 10 am and return to Panera in Wilmette by 1 pm.  Casual riders, don't forget to wake up earlier than usual - we start at 8 am. 
08/18 Sat 8:30 AM
61             F
Burlington, WI Hill Loop - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.

There will be some rolling hills and maybe a few not so rolling.  We will ride at the high end of Fast / low end of Fast Plus.  Most of the route is on scenic rural roads.  Lunch will be at a lovely cafe in Burlington - The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine.  We will also stop for root beer floats at the Dairy Queen in Silver Lake.  This 2017 route uses the detour to avoid construction on Rt. 142.
 
If weather is questionable check the Rides Forum after 6:30 AM.

If there is enough interest and another ride leader, there may also be an F+ section.
08/18 Sat 9:00 AM
40             F
Deerfield Annual Grillfest and Corn Roast ~ Jeff Miller
We went to the Deerfield Grillfest a couple of years ago as part of a Show and Go ride.  Everyone enjoyed the ride.  Due to popular demand, the ride has been added to the regular schedule.  Grillfest features free grilled corn on the cob and other food choices available for purchase.
 
NOTE TO RIDE LEADER: CHECK DATE FOR THIS EVENT
08/18 Sat 9:00 AM
58             F+
Melissa Gattuso's Birthday Ride! ~ Melissa Gattuso
58 Join Melissa Gattuso on her birthday ride to the St. Mary’s loop with a slight detour at the end of ride to make 58 miles. She wanted to ride to the Kelsey Road House but realized she will have to wait till she's 70 to do the Kelsey Road House Bday ride.
08/19 Sun 
10/68       M
The Wright Ride - Remote: Oak Park ~ Jo Gayle? & Cynthia Karabush
Sponsored by the Oak Park Cycle Club the 2018 Wright Ride takes place on Sunday, Aug 19th in Oak Park.  This is the 12th year for this family friendly ride, which offers 10, 30, 50 and 68 mile supported ride options through beautiful tree-lined, architecturally rich communities.  You may contact Jo Gayle for more information at jigcsr@gmail.com.     http://www.oakparkcycleclub.org/wright-ride
08/19 Sun 8:30 AM
20-25       C
IHOP near the Glen ~ Marty Horn
For those who wish to, there will be an option to ride to the top of the Willow Springs Country Club. I did it and it was pretty cool!
08/21 Tue 9:00 AM
52             M
Long Grove - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
Lunch at Enzo & Lucia In Long Grove: Enzo & Lucia lunch menu.
08/23 Thu 9:00 AM
22             C
Northern Suburbs Meander ~ Connie Uselman
Let's meander though the northern suburbs, view gorgeous real estate and impeccable landscaping, repeating the 2018 casual EBC picnic route.  We will nourish ourselves at the Chicago Botanic Gardens Cafe.  Around 22 miles, back around 1 pm.
 
08/25 Sat 9:00 AM
60             F
DeKalb Corn Fest - Remote: St Charles, IL ~ Brian Montigney
Start Location - By popular demand, we will start & end the ride at a WATER PARK
 
Remote Start:  Otter Cover Aquatic Park - 3615 Campton Hills Road, St Charles, IL - use the entrance to the park from Peck Road: we will meet in the first parking lot at that entrance.
 
We will be starting at the Water Park, then we bike west on rolling hills reminiscent of our Cuba Road route.  The landscape gently transitions to classic midwest corn fields - a real treat this time of year as it appropriately sets the mood for our arrival at Corn Fest. 
 
Corn Fest Admission is free and they have: a classic car show, live music, food vendors, and lots of FREE FRESH sweet corn at the corn boil.  You also get a free 60 mile bike ride through the corn fields of Illinois!  https://www.cornfest.com/
 
Our new improved bike route includes a rest stop at Kupiers Family Farm for the start of apple season on the way to Corn Fest and a rest stop at Hill's General for ice cream on the way back.
 
This ride will be at the high end of fast (16-18 mph).  While there are several long break away sections for riders who wish to go faster, and may do so, Brian will lead at this posted speed.
 
Please bring at least two full water bottles.
 
After the ride feel free to stay and play at the water park.  Bring appropriate water wear and $13 for admission.
 
Please RSVP to Brian at whippetsx2@gmail.com so we know you are coming.
08/26 Sun 9:00 AM
23             C
Brew Pub Ride ~ Dave Barish
Sometimes we ride to eat (in our club that is most of the time).  Sometimes we ride for speed.  Sometimes for  distance.  Sometimes for transportation.  On this Saturday ride we will ride for beer.  Sleep in a bit later and come to Panera at 930 am when we will begin a casually paced ride to Half Acre, Revolution's tap room and finish up at Temperance in Evanston. We will stop and sample the wares at each stop.  All riders are welcome and encouraged to know their  limits.
 
08/28 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Middlefork Savanna - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
A savanna is open woodland with grasses and forbs growing under the trees.  We will ride at a moderate pace to this rare remnant from Illinois' pre-settlement past.  We'll ride a bit more than four miles on the limestone trail in the preserve at a slow pace with some stops for nature gawking.  The trail is suitable for road bikes (as long as you are not in a hurry).  After lunch we will resume our moderate pace on the roads and paved paths back to Evanston.
08/30 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Glencoe - NSC 25 mile route ~ Ken Schulein
09/02 Sun 9:00 AM
20             M
Back by Noon / Super H - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central, Evanston
This is an easy ride to Niles with a rest/food stop at the Super H, a wonderful Korean food market.  Bring your backpacks so you can take home fresh seafood, vegetables, or dumplings.  We’ll travel on quiet streets for the most part, and the North Branch Trail.  Back by noon, unless you shop too long.
09/02 Sun 11:00 AM
45             F
Taste of Serbia Ride - From Panera, Wilmette ~ Jeff Miller
We will ride to St. Basil's Church on Old School and Bradley roads in Mettawa to sample the food and listen to the music at the Taste of Serbia http://tasteofserbia.org/.  We will spend at least an hour eating and listening to the entertainment before heading back.
09/03 Mon 9:00 AM
28             C
Fort Sheridan ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
09/04 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Hyde Park - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
The time has arrived for our annual post Labor Day ride down the Lakefront Path to the Garden of the Phoenix, a Japanese garden behind the Museum of Science and Industry. In addition we will have a chance to see Yoko Ono's "Sky Landing" sculpture just outside of the garden.
09/05 Wed 8:30 AM
35             M
Dim Sum Plus Some, Minus Chinatown ~ Joanne Davis
One of the best dim sum spots in Chicago -- MingHin Cuisine -- opened a branch downtown just off the Lake Front Path. We now have the opportunity to have Chinatown food without suffering through congested streets, pot holes and stop lights to get to Chinatown. To make things even better, this new location is in the middle of a food enclave, right next to Mariano's, Brownbag Seafood, Wildberry Pancakes Cafe, and Au Bon Pain, so if chowing down dim sums family style isn't what you fancy for the day, there are multiple other options. Those of us who choose the dim sum fare will split the check, so please consider bringing some cash to make the transactions easier. 
Bike parking will be at the security of the McDonald's bike center on Randolph ($4 fee) or you can park behind the McDonald's bike center, or at the east side of the Blue Cross Blue Shield building.  If you can't ride with us, then please meet us there. MingHin opens at 11am.
 
In order to bring this up to a 30 or 35 mile route, I'll probably head south on the lake front trail to visit the new 35th Street Bridge and the Stephen A.Douglas tomb.
 
Thanks to Rebecca for identifying the opportunity, ordering the food and sweeping the ride!
 
09/06 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
The Secret Garden ~ Bill Benjamin
We will ride up to Highland Park, stopping along the way to visit the Secret Garden.  Lunch will be in the Roger Williams - St Johns area.
09/08 Sat 9:00 AM
40             F
Buona Beef ~ Jeff Miller
We will head west to Buona Beef in Rolling Meadows.  The total distance will be about 40 miles.
09/09 Sun 7:00 AM
25-100     V
Harmon Hundred ($) - Remote: Wilmot, WI ~ Felix Angelov
Remote Start: Wilmot High School, 11112  308th Ave, Wilmot, WI
 
This ride thru rural Wisconsin is sponsored by the Wheeling Wheelmen.
 
The EBC Very Fast riders will be meeting at 7:00 am and departing PROMPTLY at 7:30 am.
 
To preregister ($20 by 9/7, $25 after) go to http://www.wheelmen.com/harmon_hundred.asp
 
09/09 Sun 7:00 AM
100           F+
North Shore Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Melissa Gattuso ?
100 Leader: Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride.

Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/09 Sun 7:00 AM
100           F
North Shore Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
100 Preview the North Shore Century. 

Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/09 Sun 8:00 AM
62             F
North Shore Metric-Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Jeff Miller
62 Leader: Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride.

Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/09 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
North Shore Quarter-Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Jo Gayle ?
25 Leader:  Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride. 
 
Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/09 Sun 9:00 AM
50             M
North Shore Half-Century Preview - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Bill Benjamin
50 Leader:  Be sure to get cue sheet before the ride.
 
Remote start: Dawes Park near Sheridan Rd & Church St in Evanston
09/11 Tue 9:00 AM
50             M
Lambs Farm - Remote: Panera ~ Neal Ney
We'll lunch in the popular restaurant at this famed institution for the developmentally disabled.
09/12 Wed 9:15 AM
35             C
Casual ride to Dim Sum ~ Connie Uselman
Casual ride at 9:15 from Chandler Park to MingHin Cuisine. "Dim Sum Plus Some, Minus Chinatown". We will meet up with the Moderate riders at the restaurant at around 11 am.  Expect to return approx. 2pm.
 
One of the best dim sum spots in Chicago -- MingHin Cuisine -- opened a branch downtown just off the Lake Front Path. We now have the opportunity to have Chinatown food without suffering through congested streets, pot holes and stop lights to get to Chinatown. To make things even better, this new location is in the middle of a food enclave, right next to Mariano's, Brownbag Seafood, Wildberry Pancakes Cafe, and Au Bon Pain, so if chowing down dim sums family style isn't what you fancy for the day, there are multiple other options. Those of us who choose the dim sum fare will split the check, so please consider bringing some cash to make the transactions easier. 
Bike parking will be at the security of the McDonald's bike center on Randolph ($4 fee) or you can park behind the McDonald's bike center, or at the east side of the Blue Cross Blue Shield building.  If you can't ride with us, then please meet us there. MingHin opens at 11am.
 
Thanks to Rebecca for identifying the opportunity and ordering the food!
09/13 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Lola's in Park Ridge ~ Marty Horn
Full disclosure: as best as we can tell, there is no one at this diner who goes by the name L-O-L-A Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, nor will you be able to drink champagne that tastes just like cherry cola.   But if your tastes run to omelets, pancakes, waffles, or scramblers, or to wraps, burgers and BLT’s, and you like a late '50's/early ‘60’s vibe, then Lola’s Diner will definitely take you by the hand.
 
As usual, we’ll begin our ride at Chandler at 9:00.  Roundtrip to Lola’s and back is about 25 miles.
 
09/15 Sat 9:00 AM
24             M
Techny Basin Ride ~ Jack Weiss ?
We will visit the Techny basin in southern Northbrook and northeast Glenview. We'll see two large retention basins, discover how to get to REI or Whole Foods safely by bike, and see the Glenview Prairie Preserve.  We'll return to Evanston through southeast Glenview and Wilmette.
09/16 Sun 6:00 AM
25-100     Any
North Shore Century ($) - 25,50,62,100 mile routes - Remote: Dawes Park ~ Evanston Bicycle Club ?
  North Shore Century
09/18 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
 
09/22 Sat 8:30 AM
75             F
Lake Geneva, WI - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Steven Schoenfeld ?
Remote Start: Bristol Woods County Park.  Take I-94 North.  A few miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #347 Hwy 165/Cty Q.  Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 2.5 miles on Qty Q.  Turn right (north) at Cty MB and go 0.5 miles.  Turn left into the park entrance.  Park at the Pringle Nature Center - follow the park road about 1/4 mile past the picnic shelter at the top of the hill.  Allow an hour from Evanston.
 
We will ride from Bristol Woods to Lake Geneva, circling counter clockwise around the scenic lake, stop for lunch in Fontana, then return to Bristol Woods.
 
Expect some very challenging hills, especially on the loop around Lake Geneva.  Be sure to bring a bike with the appropriate gearing for steep hills.
 
09/22 Sat 9:00 AM
49             M
Lake Tichigan - Remote: Brighton Dale Golf Course, WI ~ Ken Schulein
The ride will be led at the high end of moderate (15mph). There are rolling hills. Faster riders are welcome to print a cue sheet, form a group and ride ahead.  This ride goes through a wildlife preserve north of Waterford. Our lunch stop is at Sam's Diner (262-662-4200 until 2 PM) at mile 30 and dessert is at  Uncle Harry's Frozen Custard in Waterford.  
 
Remote Start: Brighton  Dale Golf Course.  Take I-94 North.  7.5  miles past the Wisconsin border, take Exit #340 WI-142 West toward Burlington. Turn left (west) at the end of the exit ramp and go west 8.5 miles on WI-142. Turn right (north) at WI-75 (248th St) and go 0.7 miles.  Turn left into golf course entrance. Follow the park road about 0.5 mile to the parking lot next to the club house. Park at an empty area of the lot. Allow an hour and 15 minutes from Evanston.
 
09/23 Sun 9:00 AM
38             M
Oak Park "Lunch with Angela" ~ Joanne Davis
Leaving Panera, Wilmette at 9 AM.
I thought it would be different and fun to journey to Oak Park to have a meal with Angela May, a long time loyal bike club member who currently lives in Oak Park, and for whom  because of the distance finds it difficult to ride with us on a frequent basis- like the old days.  The pace will be as moderate as possible for an urban ride (which means that it will be the slow end of moderate.)  The food stop will be at Two Brothers Social Tap (Angela's choice).  Join us for a brew, a light lunch, and delight in her charming kiwi accent,wit and fun humor.
 
 
Distance around 36-38 miles RT.  Probably back around 2:30PM.
 
09/26 Wed 8:30 AM
34             M
Revolution Brewery in Logan Square ~ Joanne Davis
How about something different?  A "Bike and Brew Ride."  Join the Wed ride theme of "revolution" (as in wheels and pedaling) as we travel to Revolution Brewery in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.  We'll take the North Branch trail to Devon, then cross onto Elston, rounding the Illinois Monument in Logan Square and then visit the historic landmark of Walt Disney's birth place (under renovation.)  Finally, we'll arrive at Revolution for a well deserved brew and lunch.
 
Moderate pace, but probably slower since this is a city ride.  Round trip about 34 miles.  Probably back around 2 PM or so.  Check out the brews and menu at Revolution Brewery.
09/27 Thu 9:00 AM
30             C
River Cafe (formerly Mrs.V's) - Des Plaines ~ Ed Culp
We'll head out west to Des Plaines to River Cafe (formerly known as Mrs. V's.)
09/30 Sun 8:00 AM
100           Any
Apple Cider Century ($) - Remote: Three Oaks, MI ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
Remote Start: Three Oaks, MI
 
The Apple Cider Century is one of the largest one-day century events in the Midwest.  Route options ranging from 15 to 100 miles travel through orchards, forests, wine country and along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.
For complete details see their website -  http://www.applecidercentury.com/
You must pre-register, as the event usually sells out.
 
RIDE LEADER TO BE DETERMINED will be leading an EBC Fast group (15-17 mph) on the 100 mile route @ 08:00am from the sidewalk just west of the school near the start/finish line (but the Apple Cider Century does have riders at all speeds if you do not wish to ride Fast with RIDE LEADER TO BE DETERMINED). If you plan to join the ride, please contact RIDE LEADER so they know you are coming.
09/30 Sun 9:00 AM
62             F/F+
Cuba Marsh & Pumpkin Donuts ~ John Chisholm (F) / Heidi Hoppe (F+) ?
John will lead a Fast metric century ride and Heidi will lead a F+ section ahead.  We will stop at Didier Farms for pumpkin donuts on our way to Long Grove and Cuba Marsh.   We will cycle the beautiful, rolling hills of Cuba Road, with a quick stop to pick up sandwiches at Jimmy John's to eat at Cuba Marsh.  Those that want can explore the area on a limestone bike trail.
10/05 Fri 
50             Any
Oct 5-7 Farm/Art DTour ($) - Remote: Reedsburg, WI ~ Sandra Basile ?
Remote Start: Reedsburg, WI
 
The Farm/Art DTour is a 50 mile self-guided tour through the beautiful, unglaciated hills and valleys of Sauk County, highlighting four communities.  The route is punctuated by temporary art installations and artist-built mobile roadside stands selling fresh locally grown produce.  You'll also find Pasture Performances and more!
 
There is no better way to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the 50 mile Farm/Art DTour than on a bicycle.  The hilly terrain is not for beginners, but experienced riders will enjoy this unique method of traveling the route.  We have all day to complete the ride, but as an alternative for casual riders, the less challenging WI 400 Trail is accessible from Reedsburg.
 
For more details see Bike the DTour.
 
The ride takes place during the Reedsburg Fermentation Fest.  Authors, bakers, chefs, scientists, chocolatiers and cheesemakers will provide plenty of food for thought.
 
The plan is to drive up on Friday Oct 5th, enjoy the Fermentation Fest, do the bike ride on Saturday Oct 6th and return on Sunday Oct 7th.
 
Sandra suggests lodging at the Ho-Chunk Casino Resort.  The casino is located nearby on a native American Reservation.  Rooms fill up fast - please reserve early.
 
Sandra will be leading rides at high moderate pace (14-15 mph) but the Tour supports riders at any speed if you prefer a different pace.  Contact Sandra at basiles2003@yahoo.com if you are interested.
10/06 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Knollwood ~ Dave Barish ?
10/06 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Corner Bakery in Vernon Hills ~ Jeff Miller
Ride to the Corner Bakery on Rte 60 in Vernon Hills via Riverwoods.  Rest stop at Village Green in Northbrook both directions.
10/07 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Highwood Pumpkin Festival ~ Cynthia Karabush
Ride up to Highwood for the Great Pumpkin Festival.  We'll enjoy food & pastries at Maria's in Highwood, and walk around a bit to admire the carved pumpkins. Perhaps we can find the Great Pumpkin if we're very lucky!
 
https://www.highwoodpumpkinfest.com/
10/07 Sun 9:00 AM
57             F
NOT YOUR AVERAGE BIRTHDAY RIDE! ~ Jeff Miller
Join Jeff Miller and Sara Polonsky on a ride to celebrate the average of their birthdays!  We will take a somewhat circuitous route to Ming Hin Cuisine, 1440 Golf Rd., Rolling Meadows.
 
MingHin Cuisine (http://www.minghincuisine.com) specializes in traditional and contemporary Cantonese and Dim Sum.
 
10/07 Sun 9:00 AM
23             M
Back by Noon / Bryn Mawr - Remote: Chandler ~ Jack Weiss ?
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
A new route for BBNers - Into the city on the North Branch Trail to Edgebrook for a lunch stop.  Then, we'll weave our way on street bike lanes to the North Branch Trail and home.
10/07 Sun 10:00 AM
35             M
Rural Ramble - Remote: Lake Mills, WI ~ Barbara Miller
Join me to honor the English cycling heritage and traditions in the ride described on this website: www.bicyclingbackwards.com. The organizer collects and restores (and rides) mid-20th century British bikes. But a vintage bike is not required for this ramble through London and Cambridge (Wisconsin). The oldest bike you have that will comfortably take you 35 miles on a combination of trail and road or a steel bike of any vintage is just fine (or really just about any bike you take pride in). But observation of the lycra-free dress code is requested and taking some effort to coordinate your personal kit with your steed will be appreciated! This ride is all about style and attitude and enjoying life in the slow lane and respecting bygone customs. Let me know if you're interested or have questions. Note: Lake Mills is about a 2 hour drive from Chicago, just off Interstate 94 west of Milwaukee. There is a $5 charge for a one day trail pass. 
10/09 Tue 9:00 AM
45             M
Ryerson Woods - Panera Start ~ Neal Ney
Trail conditions permitting, we’ll take a fall color walk in this Lake Country Forest Preserve.  Lunch will be at Greek Feast.
10/11 Thu 9:00 AM
10             C
Sweet Thursday ~ RIDE LEADER NEEDED
We'll meander through Evanston, Skokie or Wilmette and stop at several points of interest (historical, architectural and/or commercial) on our way to/from a locally owned coffee shop/bake shop for a short mid-morning nosh (not a meal).  Total mileage will be 10-12 or so.  Bring a lock for your bike and perhaps a small backpack, pannier or basket to take a tasty delight home.  Back before noon.
 
10/13 Sat 9:00 AM
58             F
Barrington Ride - Remote: Village Green, Northbrook ~ Jeff Miller
Start at the Village Green Park in Northbrook for a 58 mile ride. The park is located at the corner of Walters & Meadow.   If you drive to this location, many streets have parking restrictions. There is a parking lot on Walters, just south-east of the park, where you should be able to park.
Lunch will be at Einstein's in Barrington.  We may stop at the Deerfield Bakery on the way back if we get there before it closes.
10/16 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
10/20 Sat 9:00 AM
44             M
Didier Farms - Pumpkin Donuts! ~ Dana Taylor ?
Shorter and moderately paced version of the Fast paced Pumpkin Donuts ride.  Goal is Didier Farms for pumpkin donuts, see the pigs and fall harvest displays, then stop in Buffalo Grove for lunch.
10/20 Sat 9:00 AM
52             F
Busse Woods ~ Randy Pickard
We will ride out to Elk Grove Village to visit the elk in Busse Woods.
 
For those who enjoy seeing the fall foliage, you'll get some great views on this ride.  Highlight of the ride is a trip around Busse Woods. The Busse Woods paved bike trail is the boundary for an elk preserve, and the elk are usually in pretty close proximity to the trail. This route features a lots of turns and stoplights in getting west of Des Plaines, but the scenic segments of the route once west of Des Plaines make it a good change of pace ride during fall foliage season.  Lunch at Egg'lectic in Rolling Meadows.
10/21 Sun 9:00 AM
48             M
Panera to Panera ~ Neal Ney
 
A slightly meandering route from Panera (Wilmette) to Panera (Lake Bluff).
10/27 Sat 9:00 AM
35             M
Old School to Van Patten Woods Trail Ride - Remote: Old School Forest Preserve in Lake County ~ Ed Culp
Remote Start: Old School Forest Preserve.  From Hwy 41 or Tri State tollway, go west on Hwy 60 to St Marys Road, north on St Marys Rd 2 miles.  Park at the Old School parking lot.  From Evanston, allow about 35 minutes for driving about 22 miles to Old School F.P.
Most of the ride is on the Des Plaines River trail but there will be a section on quiet roads so we can eat at a restaurant.
More info: Ed  e_culp@sbcglobal.net
10/28 Sun 9:00 AM
45             M
Ryerson Woods ~ Dave Barish ?
10/30 Tue 9:00 AM
36             M
Halloween Lake Forest Mystery Ride ~ Neal Ney
Tuesday Moderate Ride – October 30th – 9:00 AM – Panera

 

I recently learned about a Lake Forest mystery and ghost story, which will provide the theme for this week’s ride. We’ll visit the scene of the murder (or was it a suicide), the site of reported ghost sightings, and a few other locations including the grave of the victim/ghost. Given my extreme skepticism and the daylight hour, no ghost sightings are expected. Consequently after lunch at Caputo’s in Lake Forest we’ll make a stop to see the ghosts, ghouls, and other monsters on display at Ravinia Glen Place (just north of Lake Cook Road on the west side of Green Bay Road).

 

Our total distance will be about 36 miles. My pace will be a moderate 13 – 15 mph. With enough interest and a willing leader, we may have a second group traveling at around 16 mph for portions of this ride.

 

If you are curious about the mystery and ghost story (dating from 1916) you can take a look at this three part Chicago Tribune story about it: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ghost-story-north-shore-gallery-storygallery.html.

11/07 Wed 8:30 AM
33             M
Walnut Room at Macy's - REMOTE: CHANDLER ~ Joanne Davis
Departing CHANDLER at 8:30 to visit this iconic establishment. Let's start the pre-holiday festivities early.  The Christmas tree and all the decorations will be in their splendor! This is the 111th year of the Great Tree.  Please wear your favorite festive outfit if you wish.
 
We'll travel down the lakefront path at a moderate pace of 13-14 mph, viewing the progress of the Navy Pier Flyover, and skirting Maggie Daley Park. We'll park our bikes in the security of the indoor McDonald's Bike Park ($4.00 cash fee/ bring your lock) and walk the short distance to State Street. If you are unable to ride with us then please consider joining us at The Walnut Room anyway.  The group should arrive prior to 11AM and there will be a wait.  Hopefully we can muscle in on the community table.  Cash payment works best for sorting through the check.
 
 
The Walnut room features a history that started when it opened in 1907 making it the oldest continuously-operated restaurant in the country. It features Circassian walnut paneling imported from Russia, Austrian chandeliers, and a 17,000 square foot dining room. Come check it out!  Back around 3:30pm or so.
 
11/10 Sat 9:00 AM
69             F
Will's Birthday Ride (17mph) ~ Will Heelan
This 69 mile Fast ride will connect a lot of bike trails and run mostly at 17 mph. It will start with a view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from Northwestern University, then travels south on the McCormick bike path to Foster & Bryn Mawr west to Forest Glen where we head north on the North Branch bike path through the forest preserves to the Botanic Gardens and over to Max's Deli for our lunch stop.  After lunch we head up the Skokie Valley Trail and Waukegan to Rte 176 and east to Lake Bluff.  We will stop by Sunrise Park beach and travel south via scenic roads to the Lake Forest beach.  Then we continue south through Ft. Sheridan and finish our ride via Sheridan Rd. and various side streets back down the North Shore to Wilmette.
 
11/20 Tue 7:30 PM
             
Club Meeting: Topic to be announced ~ Sharon Kaminecki
01/01 Tue 10:00 AM
28             M
2019 New Year's Ride: Lincoln Park Conservatory ~ Peter Glaser
Help roll in 2019 on the bike!  Ride from Panera down to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, with a lunch stop at a nearby Thai restaurant.  Both the Conservatory and restaurant are open on New Year's Day.  DRESS WARM AND BRING A GOOD LOCK!
 
The Lincoln Park Conservatory's Show House turns into a Winter Wonderland filled with poinsettias, holiday trees, sparkling lights and model trains that traverse through the plantings, all themed around the colors black and white.
 
Lunch: Nine Thai Cuisine, 2349 N. Clark St.
 
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