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Forgotten Chicago Far Northwest Side Bike Tour
Harlem Blue Line (Tour Start)
Chicago, IL
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Forgotten Chicago Far Northwest Side Bike Tour
From its beginnings as a genteel rural hamlet in Chicago's orbit, Norwood Park Township has long served as a destination for city dwellers searching for a more sylvan setting for their home.  Our first-ever bicycle tour of Norwood Park and Chicago's Far Northwest Side will give our guests the first-hand opportunity to see the different trends and ideals that have accompanied the longstanding migration out of the city center.  

Covering a wide area, including the former County Insane Asylum at Dunning we'll also look at some interesting examples of retail and industrial architecture that followed as these areas developed, as well as intriguing remnants and structures that predate the area's integration into Chicagoland's urban fabric. We will also take a close look at the independent villages of Harwood Heights and Norridge, including the highly successful and recently expanded Harlem Irving Plaza, a neighborhood anchor since 1956 that still features a surprising number of original details, including the former Wieboldt's store.

Additionally, we will examine a wide array of local landmarks including the 1975 St. Joseph the Betrothed Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Also, the tour will include a stop at Eli's Cheesecake, where we will hear about their history as a Chicago institution and sample some of their famous product!  

Tour Details:

When? Sunday July 27 at Noon. Rain or shine.

Where? The tour will meet and begin at the Harlem Blue Line station (5550 N. Harlem). It will conclude at the Cumberland Blue Line station.

How Long? The tour will consist of approximately 10 miles of riding, and will last about 3 hours.

How much? $15 per person. Advance purchase is required. No walk-ups. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. If severe weather cancels the tour, credit will be issued for use on a tour of equal value.

Riding Experience? This tour is recommended for moderately experienced cyclists. While we will mostly be riding on residential streets, we'll sometimes venture onto busy thoroughfares where extreme caution must be exercised.

What should I bring? A bike and helmet are required. Sunscreen and water recommended.

Note: All tour participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before embarking on the tour.



Harlem Blue Line (Tour Start) (View)
5550 N. Harlem
Chicago, IL 60656
United States

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Wheelchair Accessible: No


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