Friends of the Parks’ L.A.T.E. Ride:
Saturday night/Sunday morning July 1, 2012
Join up to 9,000 bicyclists on Saturday night/Sunday morning July 1, 2012 for Friends of the Parks’ L.A.T.E. Ride. Enjoy a 25-mile ride through Chicago's neighborhoods and along the lakefront. Cycle past skyscrapers, hear shout of "Opaah!" in Greek Town, cruise through the North Side, wave to onlookers, and watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan. Plus, you’ll enjoy music before the ride, sponsor booths to explore, refreshments before the ride and at the rest stop, and great food and beverages after your trek through the city.
Every election, politicians utter the old phrase "Chicago is a city of neighborhoods." This year, you’ll experience many exciting and distinctive neighborhoods during Friends of the Parks’ L.A.T.E. Ride!
Your adventure will begin, as always, at Buckingham Fountain, built in 1927 to provide a monumental focal point in Grant Park while protecting breathtaking lakefront views. Route highlights will include the South Loop, Chinatown, Greek Town, Chicago’s historic "Emerald Necklace" and much more. A large park on the north side will host the rest stop- plenty of open green space for food and fun! You’ll finish your trek along the glorious lakefront trail, which offers stunning skyline views.
At 25 miles - all flat except for bridges - the route is doable for cyclists of all levels.
Pedal for Parks!
Support Friends of the Parks' work to preserve, protect and improve Chicago's parks and forest preserves in Cook County. Since 1975, Friends of the Parks has served as the city's strongest independent advocate for improved parks and park programs, for the creation of new parks, and for better management of Chicago's recreational resources. Friends of the Parks hosts an annual Earth Day citywide parks clean-up, an Adopt-a-Park program, community service days, a neighborhood greening initiative, and park tours.
Chicago’s lakefront and neighborhood parks and critical to the health and vitality of our city. Millions of people depend on Chicago’s public parks for recreation, relaxation, fitness and fun. Visitors and citizens of our metro area enjoy Chicago’s parks and forest preserves. Friends of the Parks advocates year-round for this precious aspect of our region.