7 Best Bike Trails Near Chicago

Here are seven highly recommended Chicago Bike Trails. I've paired these trails with the seven songs from the Chicago Mixtape that I listen to most while riding. Kinda like the way they pair drinks with entrees at (fancy-pants) restaurants. I always like when they do that, although I don't think I've ever ordered the recommended drink / entree combo. Weird. Anyway, enjoy and let me know what you think.


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Trail: Des Plaines River Trail - Map
Description: Not too hard, some lakes around, runs from Old School Preserve to Independence Grove.
[recommended with] Song: Algebro Is King [Mixtape013] - Band: Algebro

Trail: Pratt's Wayne Loop - Map
Description: Pretty easy, they used to grow corn around here, some fishing here too.
[recommended with] Song: Playing Puzzles [Mixtape019] - Band: BigColour

Trail: Moraine Hills State Park - Map
Description: Boat rentals, tons of trails, 2 big loops, parking along Fernview Ln (N. of River Rd),
[recommended with] Song: Called To The Throne [Mixtape009] - Band: Call Me Lightning

Trail: Blackwell Forest Preserve - Map
Description: South part of the trail is a nice canopy of trees, north loop is more open.
[recommended with] Song: Courage [Mixtape018] - Band: FlatFoot 56

Trail: Chain O'Lakes State Park - Map
Description: Approach from Wilmont Rd, take a right on Park Road, many loops, 5+ miles.
[recommended with] Song: The End Is Near [Mixtape012] - Band: The Fiery Furnaces

Trail: Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve - Map
Description: Circles Argonne National Lab, features a model airplane field, a waterfall, etc.
[recommended with] Song: Sting's Teaching Years [Mixtape003] - Band: The Kickback

Trail: LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area - Map
Description: Never been to this one, supposed to be cool.
[recommended with] Song: Great Lake Mixtake [Mixtape020] - Band: The Canoes

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