Friends of the Parks’
Sunday June 30, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.
Register for the 25th Anniversary L.A.T.E. Ride, Chicago’s premier all-night bike ride!
Friends of the Parks’ L.A.T.E. Ride is a 25 mile, fun-filled tour of Chicago offering a unique nocturnal experience. The LATE Ride starts at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 30 at the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park (Columbus and Congress Avenues). From there, the course follows a route that winds through a dozen of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods including Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown, Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Lincoln Square, culminating in a sunrise trek down the Lakefront Trail.
Over the years, thousands have enjoyed this one-of-a-kind, merry mobile journey while pedaling for Chicago’s parks. The L.A.T.E. Ride is a fun ride full of park enthusiasts out to enjoy nighttime Chicago on a spectacular summer night.
L.A.T.E. Ride Party: The party begins at Buckingham Plaza, 500 South Columbus at 10:30 p.m. with live band music from the center stage. The first wave of riders takes off at 1:00 a.m. Come early and enjoy the dazzling night skyline, music, camaraderie, contests, coffee and snacks.
Registration until June 28th: $48 - includes t-shirt, rider number, map, goodie bag, snacks, on-course bike repair. You can register on line or at the last package pick-up, Wednesday, June 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Sports Authority, 620 N. LaSalle, Chicago
On-Site registration, June 29/30th: $50 includes rider number, map, goodie bag, snacks, on-course bike repair (does not include t-shirt)
Volunteer registration – $20 for volunteers who sign up for one work day: goodie bag stuffing, package pickup, night-of volunteer or as a course marshal
VIP registration: $75 - includes first wave departure, t-shirt, rider number, map, breakfast, goodie bag, snacks, on-course bike repair and a one-year membership to Friends of the Parks
Contests: To add to the excitement, the L.A.T.E. Ride encourages riders to be creative and enter into contests for:
- Best Costume
- Best Decorated Helmet
- Best Decorated Bike
- Best Lit Bike
Prizes include gift certificates to restaurants plus more!
Package Pick Up at Sports Authority Stores:
Tuesday, June 25, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sports Authority, 173 Yorktown Center, Lombard, Illinois
Wednesday, June 26, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sports Authority, 620 North LaSalle
Package Pick Up Night of L.A.T.E. Ride
Saturday, June 29/30th, 10:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., at the package pick-up tent
Course: The L.A.T.E. Ride starts on southbound Columbus Drive at 1:00 a.m. with riders going out in waves each 10 minutes apart. From Columbus riders head west on Roosevelt to State Street pedaling through the Dearborn Park neighborhood. At State Street, riders turn south to Archer and then to Cermak enjoying the lights of Chinatown. At Halsted, the course goes north through the University of Illinois Campus, Little Italy and Greektown where you’ll get cheered on by opa’s of the restaurant goers. At Milwaukee, the course veers west on Division Street and through Ukrainian Village to Humboldt Boulevard. Cruise north through historic Humboldt Park to Logan Boulevard, east on Logan Boulevard and north on California to pull into a rest stop at Horner Park. Riders can take a break and grab some water and snacks before turning east on Montrose to Lincoln Park. Riding south on the Lakefront Trail, the L.A.T.E. Ride finishes at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.
Breakfast will be provided by 90 Miles to Cuba for an additional $10.
Fun Ride: The L.A.T.E Ride is a non-competitive event that does not require any special skill or endurance (bike helmet is mandatory). It is not a race, and indeed, many look forward to the leisurely pace, enjoying a beautiful cool summer night, experiencing Chicago from a new, laid-back vantage. Many riders time their trip to arrive back at Buckingham Fountain before dawn to watch the sunrise over Lake Michigan.
- A helmet is required. You may purchase a helmet at the Ride while supplies last.
- Tune up your bike BEFORE the ride. You don't need to be an expert cyclist, but your bike should be in good operating condition!
- We recommend that you equip your bike with a headlight and reflectors (or secure a headlight to your handlebars).
- Bring your driver's license (or ID card), extra money, a spare tube, patch kit, pump, tools for minor repairs, and rain gear (just in case)! The event is rain or shine!
- We encourage you to wear your official Ride T-shirt and rider number. Keep your Rider Guide handy too!
- Wear your helmet at all times while riding.
- Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals -- stay to the right, stop at red light, obey police officers and volunteer Course Marshals and ride safely!
- Chicago Police will close off the first few miles of the route for our exclusive use. For the remaining portion of the course, you will share public roads with motor vehicles and pedestrians.
- Maintain a reasonable speed for conditions.
- Drinking and cycling don't mix (and is illegal). No alcoholic beverages allowed.
- Enjoy yourself! This is a ride, NOT a race! Maintain a comfortable pace and plan to be back at Buckingham Fountain between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Schedule of Events
Getting there: Area parking lots will be open and available for parking. Do NOT park on either side of Columbus Drive. Cars parked on Columbus WILL be towed!
To pick up your Rider Goodie Bag, stop by the pre-paid packet pick-up tent. If you already have your goodie bag, just be ready by 1:00 a.m. for step off.
You can check your gear at the Free Gear Check Tent on Buckingham Fountain.
Along the Columbus Drive sidewalk, you'll find portable restrooms, water and the first-aid station. You'll also see the stage along Columbus Drive and Congress Blvd.
10:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Night-of-event packet pick-up and on-site registration, helmet sales and bike check-ups, plus live music!
11:45 p.m.: Head to the stage for the annual Best COSTUME, BEST DECORATED HELMET, BEST DECORATED BIKE and BEST LIT BIKE contests.
12:50 a.m.: Look for your color group along Columbus Drive. Listen for instructions!
1:00 a.m. to 1:40 a.m.: Step Off! We will release riders south along Columbus Drive starting with VIP riders followed by five regular waves in about 8-minute intervals. Rider numbers are color-coded according to the six waves and will be released in the following order:
- Purple (VIPs)
Note: Please start with your assigned color group! If you and your friends aren't in the same color wave, we ask that you simply begin the ride together in the later wave.
For safety reasons, no riders are allowed to start before 1:00 a.m. A "sweep" van will follow the last wave of riders.
3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.: Complimentary post-ride snacks at Buckingham Fountain. Cycle at your own pace and plan to end your trek between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Watch the sunrise over the lake about 5:00 a.m.! Present your tear-off coupons on your bib number for complimentary snacks. An optional gourmet breakfast provided by 90 Miles to Cuba will be available for an additional $10.
Friends of the Parks is a 38 year old non-profit environmental organization with a mission is to protect, preserve, improve and promote the use of Chicago parks and Cook County forest preserves. Friends of the Parks has helped to safeguard, protect and improve thousands of acres of land for parks, playgrounds, forest preserves and trails. Friends of the Parks’ L.A.T.E. Ride will help to fund the Chicago Plays! Program, a new initiative to build 35 children’s playgrounds in 2013 across the City of Chicago. Your participation in the L.A.T.E. Ride means new, safer playgrounds for our children.