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Old Jul 12, 07, 2:39 pm   #1
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Chicago suburbs question, place to rent bicycle?

Heading to Chicago this weekend (staying in Evanston). Hoping to ride the Forest preserve trail that begins off of Devon Av. in Park Ridge and wondering if anyone knows of a bike shop between Evanston & Park Ridge that does daily bike rentals.

Only rental listings I can find online are located along Lakeshore Drive, and hoping to avoid a long drive to pick-up and drop-off. Thought maybe a local might know before I start dialing down the yellow page listings.

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Old Jul 15, 07, 8:51 pm   #2
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You might want to check out the Norris University Center at Northwestern University (which is in Evanston):

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Sorry for the late reply -- might get a better response over in the Chicago sub-forum. I'm not sure why the North Branch Trail (which starts just east of Park Ridge) is all that special -- the lakefront, which has several bike rental shops, most operated by Bike Chicago, offers probably superior scenery and is just as easy to get to from Evanston. The NBT is a nice ride through the woods but not much else aside from the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Within the gardens, bikes are limited to a single path and 5 MPH, so it's usually better just to park and walk.
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