The Great Chicago Fire Biketropolis Self-guided Cycling Tour (Includes Book)
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire, Biketropolis, Arcadia Publishing, and Ride with GPS have collaborated to offer our latest Self-Guided educational cycling tour.
Authors John Boda and Ray Johnson meticulously researched and assembled the content for this photographic history book documenting the events leading up to, during, and after the fire.
This Biketropolis curated route takes you back in time to 1871, connecting the dots of the conflagration that changed Chicago’s architectural landscape.
The recommended start location is at the present-day site where Mrs. O’Leary’s barn once stood (The Chicago Fire Academy 558 W De Koven Street Chicago, IL 60607) and includes over 25 points of interest.
The entire scenic 25-mile route can be broken up to enjoy across multiple days.
Bring along your Images of America series book, enabling you to learn more about the few remaining pre-fire buildings, artifacts, and commemorative art throughout the city. (includes bonus stops)
The cost is $40, including a hard copy of the book, a downloadable interactive Ride with GPS route, and a Biketropolis sticker. The first 50 people who register will receive an author autographed copy.
(Books will be shipped out immediately/downloadable interactive Ride with GPS routes will be emailed out mid-April.)
Chicago’s Mansions Biketropolis Self-Guided Cycling Tour (Includes Book)
Biketropolis and Arcadia Publishing have collaborated to bring you Chicago’s Mansions Self-Guided Cycling Tour – North Side Edition. Author John Graf did a fantastic job researching and assembling the content for this beautiful book. The relaxing route created by Biketropolis is meticulously curated to take you along some of Chicago’s north side’s most architecturally scenic historic neighborhoods.
The recommended start location is outside the Ransom Reed Cable Mansion’s Courtyard Gates located at 25 E. Erie Street kitty-corner from the Driehaus Museum; you can also start the tour anywhere you wish along the route that will be provided via Ride with GPS, which includes audio cues and information covering 50 points of interests (many are registered Chicago Landmarks) with corresponding page numbers to quickly refer to the book. The Near North Side, The Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown, Edgewater, and Wicker Park are just a few of the neighborhoods you will explore to catch a glimpse of these lavish mansion’s exteriors dating back to at least the 1880s.
The entire route is a 30-mile loop and can be broken up to enjoy across multiple days. Bring along your Images of America series book, enabling you to learn more about the many architects, styles, and residents who lived in these magnificent homes. The cost is $40, which includes a copy of the book, a self-guided tour, educational content infused within the Ride With GPS Route, and a Biketropolis Sticker.
(Books will be shipped out immediately/downloadable Ride with GPS routes will be emailed out mid-April.)