Participant Info

Participant Info

We have tons of info to prepare yourself for the ride.

Preparing to Ride

Click here  to get all the info you need on prepping yourself (and your bike) for The L.A.T.E. Ride.


City of Chicago Bike Safety Information – click here

City Bike Laws – click here

Bike Rental

No Bike? No worries – we’ve got you covered!

The friendly folks at Bobby’s Bike Hike offer our riders a nice discount on overnight bike rentals starting at $25.  Check out the details.
You have to make reservations for a bike rental ahead of time – bikes will NOT be available to rent at Buckingham Fountain.

After reserving your bike online, you can pick up your rental from Bobby’s between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night, August 13.  They will open at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 14 for bike returns; you may return your rental between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Bobby’s Bike Hike is located at 540 N. Lake Shore Drive, between Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier.  Check out their website for details on the top-quality bikes they have available, including comfort hybrids, mountain bikes, road bikes, tandems and more.

Directions and Parking

The start/finish is located at Buckingham Fountain, a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park and one of the city’s most popular landmarks, located at 301 S. Columbus Drive. Click here for a map and directions.

Driving? Check out the SpotHero lots near Buckingham Fountain:

Here is a list of the closest SpotHero parking options for The L.A.T.E. Ride 2016:

  • Grant Park South Garage (0.3 miles)
  • 55 E Jackson Blvd. – Valet/Garage (0.4 miles)
  • 33 E Harrison St. – Lot (0.4 miles)
  • 434 S Wabash Ave. – Lot (0.4 miles)
  • 401 S Wabash Ave. – Lot (0.4 miles)
  • 410 S Wabash Ave – Lot (0.4 miles)
  • 328 S Wabash Ave. – Lot (0.4 miles)
  • 651 S State St. – Lot (0.5 miles)
  • 511 S Plymouth Ct. – Lot (0.5 miles)
  • Essex Inn – Valet (0.5 miles)

Sign up early to lock in your date. Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app or visit the Buckingham Fountain SpotHero Parking Page to find and reserve parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up! Enter promo code LATERIDE for an extra 5% off parking. In addition, for every spot booked with the promo code LATERIDE, SpotHero will donate $1 to the Friends of the Parks.

Coming by Public Transit? CTA Trip Planner

Local Accommodations

Wanna make a weekend of it?  Chicago has some awesome hotels, many of which provide bike parking and late check-out.  The Hyatt Regency is offering our riders a discount of $139/night based on availability. The Red Roof Innis also offering %20 off with the code #621077.