Shamrocks and Shenanigans Cycling Tour
Let’s bike to the neighborhood of Beverly to attend a one of a kind tour and multimedia presentation of Chicago’s Only Castle. During this ride, we will have the opportunity to meet Errol Magidson, author of “Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and It’s keepers.” We will then cycle through the amazing architecture of Beverly and learn about the history of the region by resident cyclist Anne Alt. This ride will be the first official Adventure Cycling Tour of 2018.
Date: Saturday, March 31st, 2018
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $25 (Includes a donation to the castle)
Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
Lunch: Ellie’s Cafe (Ellie’s accepts cash, credit, or debit please check out their menu prior to the ride)
Total Distance Round Trip: 35 Miles
Average Speed: 10-12 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop
Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks, camera.
We will kick off our Adventure from Daley Plaza, cycle along The Chicago River Walk to see spectacular views of the city then visit Wolf Point and The Eastland Disaster site. Next, we will work our way up the lake front to cross the newly constructed 35th Street Bridge. We will continue through Bronzeville and Bridgeport, then head south to Beverly. Once in Beverly, we will tour the amazing architecture of the neighborhood and learn about its history, enjoy lunch at Ellie’s Cafe, and walk through the Givins’ Irish Castle. The return trip will take us through a portion of the Major Taylor Trail, built in honor of the African-American bicycle racer, civil rights pioneer, and author. We will make a final stop at Marquette Park, then head back to downtown Chicago.