Event Info

Event Info


The L.A.T.E. Ride has become a Chicago icon!  It’s one of the most unusual and popular big city bike rides in the country.

The Route

  • 25-mile route through Chicago starts and ends at beautiful Buckingham Fountain
  • Cycle past downtown skyscrapers
  • Explore cool Chicago neighborhoods
  • Experience the lakefront path under the stars
  • Ride through the awesome Museum Campus
  • View the sunrise over Lake Michigan
  • Enjoy a rest stop with refreshments and keep you pumped up

Pre-Ride Festival

  • Lots of vendors
  • Live music
  • Contest and prizes for Best Lit Bike, Crazy Pajamas and Best Decorated Helmet
  • Awesome people-watching opportunities

The People

  • The L.A.T.E. Ride welcomes everyone at every fitness level
  • Our riders include Millennials, Gen X’ers, Boomers and beyond!
  • About 50% male and 50% female
  • 50% of our riders come from Chicago suburbs, 30% from the City of Chicago, 20% from everywhere else!
  • We’ve had riders come from many states across the U.S., and even from other countries – The L.A.T.E. Ride is an awesome way to experience Chicago’s neighborhoods and lakefront whether you live locally or are visiting from the suburbs or out-of-town

Event Schedule

Starting at 10:30pm…
  • Pre-Ride Festival at Buckingham Fountain
  • Live Music
  • On-Site Registration (if we’re not sold out)
  • On-Site Packet Pick-Up
About 1:15am
  • Start gathering along Columbus Drive for the start
1:30am – 2:00am
  • Pre-assigned “waves” of riders take off along the route!
1:30am until Sunrise
  • Enjoy the 25-mile route
  • Rest stop at Humboldt Park Boat House
  • Breakfast back at Buckingham Fountain finish area
  • Enjoy a morning yoga / stretch session with Lisa from Gratitude Yoga at 4:30am, 5:00am or 5:30am.
  • Watch the sun starting to rise over the lakefront about 5:45am!!

About the Charity

People Pedaling for Parks

The L.A.T.E. Ride supports Friends of the Parks’ work to preserve, protect, improve and promote the use of parks and open spaces in the Chicago area.  Your involvement will help Friends of the Parks achieve these goals for 2016:

  • Educate 800 Chicago Public School students about nature and the environment through our Nature Along the Lake field trips
  • Train community residents to advocate for adequate and equitable investment across Chicago’s system of nearly 600 parks – every community deserves a great park and every child deserves to have a clean, safe park within walking distance of where they live
  • Partner with the Chicago Park District to complete the installation of 300 new playgrounds through the Chicago Plays! Program

Parks provide children, teens and adults with safe and healthy places to play, exercise and relax.  Parks help build stronger communities.  Friends of the Parks wants every citizen of Chicago to have easy access to safe, clean, beautiful parks with vibrant programs that serve and inspire.

Friends of the Parks actively supports efforts to make Chicago one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country.  Through ATA’s Neighborhood Bikeways Campaign, Friends of the Parks is partnering to push for safer and better bike infrastructure throughout Chicago.  The Chicago Park District is implementing recommendations from Friends of the Parks’ People on the Trails Report to create separate cyclist-only lanes on portions of the Lakefront Trail.

Concerned citizens turn to Friends of the Parks to make their voices heard.  Proceeds from The L.A.T.E. Ride help us further our mission to:

  • Save more parks from encroachments
  • Build new, safe playgrounds for children throughout Chicago, especially in park-poor communities
  • Promote the planting of trees  in parks throughout the city
  • Improve playground safety
  • Educate thousands of Chicago school children on issues of park care, stewardship, environmental science and recycling
  • Host Park Advisory Council networking meetings, which are open to 200 groups that strength the public’s voice in neighborhood park decisions
  • Mobilize thousands of volunteers each year to mulch trees, remove litter, cultivate gardens and clean playlots during Earth Day clean-ups, and community and corporate service days