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Summer 2018 Rides   Effective: 06/01/18


Please see each ride for start location:

“Panera start” = Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette

“Chandler start” = Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston

“Remote start” = as shown



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!


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Date Time/Miles Pace Destination~Leader
09/20 Thu 9:00 AM
23             C
Tour de Glen: Chandler start ~ Steve Kimmel
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: This is a leisurely tour through Glenview, past Wagner Farm, the 1.25 mile path around Techny Basin, (optional stop at The Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie Preserve), and Lake Glenview with a food stop at the Corner Bakery. The return will be through the Village of Golf. 23 miles.
09/20 Thu 7:30 PM
Club Meeting THURSDAY, 09/20: Grants R Us, by recipients of the EBC grant program ~ Sharon Kaminecki
Learn how some of the recipients of this year's EBC grants program are using the funds raised at the 2017 North Shore Century on bike-related projects and activities to make a difference in their communities.  Grantees participating include:
1)  Rebecca Centioli from the Chicago Jesuit Academy - Purchased a new fleet of bikes for Bike Club, a co-curricular activity for young men from the Austin neighborhood, to learn the components of a bike, basic maintenance, safety skills, and rules of the road
2)  Jill Skwerski from the Evanston Public Library Book Bike - Added a second Book Bike to expand services to additional Evanston parks and community events
3)  Dave Pohlad women's bike club coordinator at Bikes N Roses - Launched a cycling advocacy and educational campaign that caters to women, people of color, and refugees in the Albany Park neighborhood.  The campaign is led by youth who are participants in the Girl's Bike Club and includes free classes at the BIke N Roses shop that cover basic bike maintenance and safe cycling.
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.
09/22 Sat 11:30 AM
66             F+
Bristol Woods dinner ride - Remote: Bristol Woods Park, WI ~ Will Heelan
Remote Start: Bristol Woods, Wisconsin
This is 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 must eMail Melissa Gattuso at 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.
09/23 Sun 9:00 AM
38             M
Oak Park "Lunch with Angela": Panera start ~ 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, who 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 humor.
Distance around 36-38 miles RT.  Probably back around 2:30PM.
09/23 Sun 9:00 AM
22             C
IHOP near the Glen: Panera start ~ 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!
09/26 Wed 8:30 AM
34             M
Revolution Brewery in Logan Square: Chandler start ~ Joanne Davis
This week's Wednesday Moderate Ride: 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) in Des Plaines: Chandler start ~ Marty Horn
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: We'll head out west to Des Plaines to River Cafe (formerly known as Mrs. V's.)
09/29 Sat 8:30 AM
45             M
Tour of Working Bikes: Panera Start ~ Joanne Davis
Working Bikes donates bicycles refurbished by volunteers to individuals and partner organizations here in Chicago, providing transportation to people in homeless transition, refugee resettlement, and youth empowerment programs.
Working Bikes donates over 6,000 bicycles each year to international and local partners.
This remarkable organization has been a grant recipient from the EBC for a number of years and Phil Kaplan, Executive Director will lead us on a tour. 
Thinking about lunch at Manny's Deli.  Probably back by 2:30-3PM
09/30 Sun 8:00 AM
50             M
Apple Cider Century ($) - Remote: Three Oaks, MI ~ Nancie Coogan
Remote Start: Three Oaks, MI
The Apple Cider Century (ACC) is one of the largest one-day century events in the Midwest.  Route options ranging from 15 to 100 miles travel through orchards, forests, wine country and along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.
For complete details see their website -
You must pre-register, as the event usually sells out.
Nancie will be riding the 50 mile route at Moderate Pace (13-15 mph) @ 08:00am from the sidewalk just west of the school near the start/finish line (but you may choose one of the flat 15/25/37 mile routes or the rolling hills of the 50/62/75 mile routes at whatever pace you wish). If you plan to join the ride, please contact Nancie @ so she knows you are coming!
09/30 Sun 9:00 AM
62             F/F+
Cuba Marsh & Pumpkin Donuts: Panera start ~ John Chisholm (F) / Heidi Hoppe (F+)
John will lead a Fast metric century ride and Heidi will lead a F+ section ahead.  We will stop at Didier Farms for pumpkin donuts on our way to Long Grove and Cuba Marsh.   We will cycle the beautiful, rolling hills of Cuba Road, with a quick stop to pick up sandwiches at Jimmy John's to eat at Cuba Marsh.  Those that want can explore the area on a limestone bike trail.
10/04 Thu 9:00 AM
25             C
Casual Thursday Ride: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Bill will find somewhere fun to go and some place good to eat, for a 25 mile casual ride.
10/05 Fri 
50             Any
Oct 5-7 Farm/Art DTour ($) - Remote: Reedsburg, WI ~ Sandra Basile
Remote Start: Reedsburg, WI.
This is one of the prettiest areas in WI especially in the the food and events make it a fun weekend for riders of all abilities!  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.
Here is the link for hotel rooms: Ho-Chunk Casino Resort.  As of 1/22/2018 there were 55 rooms available at the Ho-Chunk, but please do not wait until last minute!  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 if you are interested.
10/06 Sat 9:00 AM
50             F
Corner Bakery in Vernon Hills: Panera start ~ Jeff Miller
Ride to the Corner Bakery on Rte 60 in Vernon Hills via Riverwoods.  Rest stop at Village Green in Northbrook both directions.
10/06 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Knollwood: Panera start ~ Dave Barish
10/07 Sun 9:00 AM
57             F
NOT YOUR AVERAGE BIRTHDAY RIDE: Panera start ~ 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 ( specializes in traditional and contemporary Cantonese and Dim Sum.
10/07 Sun 9:00 AM
23             M
Back by Noon / Forest Glen: Chandler start ~ Jack Weiss
Remote Start:  Chandler Center, 1028 Central St, Evanston
We'll head west to the Valley Line / Skokie Line Trail at Dempster and ride to Bryn Mawr, then stop iin Forest Glen for a rest stop.  We'll return to the new extension of the North Branch Trail, ride east thru the city to the Channel Trail at Argyle, then home.
10/07 Sun 9:00 AM
25             C
Highwood Pumpkin Festival: Panera start ~ 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!
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: 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
This week's Tuesday Moderate Ride: 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
25             C
Casual Thursday Ride: Chandler start ~ Bill Benjamin
This week's Thursday Casual Ride: Bill will find somewhere fun to go for about a 25 mile casual ride!
10/13 Sat 8:30 AM
25             M
Breakfast Club to Lincoln Square: Panera start ~ Sharon Kaminecki
If you like to eat, ride a bike, meet new people, explore different parts of the north shore and Chicago, but dedicate only half a day doing it at a time, this group bicycle ride is for you!  The "Breakfast Club" will ride at a moderate pace to a different neighborhood, stop for breakfast at a pre-selected restaurant, and be back around noon.
Join us as we ride to brunch at Fork, 4600 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago,,  the farm to table restaurant in Lincoln Square voted as having the #1 rated chicken and waffles.  Fuel up with a snack before coming out to ride because we will do most of the riding before stopping for breakfast.  Bring cash/credit card for breakfast, a lock for your bike, and a helmet for your head.
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: Riding the Great Allegheny Passage, by Suzie LaBelle ~ Sharon Kaminecki
10/20 Sat 9:00 AM
44             M
Didier Farms - Pumpkin Donuts: Panera start ~ 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: Panera start ~ 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: Panera start ~ 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
10/30 Tue 9:00 AM
36             M
Halloween Lake Forest Mystery Ride: Panera start ~ Neal Ney
This week's Tuesday Moderate RideOctober 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:

11/03 Sat 9:00 AM
45             M
Ryerson Woods: Panera start ~ Dave Barish
11/07 Wed 8:30 AM
33             M
Walnut Room at Macy's: CHANDLER START ~ Joanne Davis
This week's Wednesday Moderate Ride: 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): Panera start ~ 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: Ride to Land's End by Pam Faulkner ~ Sharon Kaminecki
12/18 Tue 7:30 PM
Annual Holiday Pot Luck Dinner ~ Sharon Kaminecki
01/01 Tue 10:00 AM
28             M
2019 New Year's Ride: Lincoln Park Conservatory: Panera start ~ 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.