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Experience the perfect combination of riding carefully created biking routes, sampling delicious cuisine like tacos, hot dogs, chicken and waffles and more. And then enjoy a tasty post-ride Revolution Brewery beer at the Four-Star Bike & Chow Sunday, September 7.

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Choose 12-, 22-, 43- or 62-mile route options on Chicago’s South Side. Not sure about riding on streets with traffic? Participants of the 12-mile route can also sign up for Safe City Cycling and learn how to ride confidently and safely on city streets. 

Four-Star Bike & Chow routes are designed by bicycling experts and feature an assortment of bike-friendly streets. As much as possible, Four-Star organizers created routes with minimal traffic, safe crossings with signals and the most straightforward turns – while also taking riders to interesting sights and neighborhoods.

Routes are not closed to car traffic; riders share the road and must adhere to all traffic rules and regulations.

Participation requires you to actively follow and navigate your ride. Each rider receives a ride guide specific to your chosen route. The ride guide includes a route map, a cue sheet with turn-by-turn directions and points of historic, architectural and visual interest along the way. Riders need to actively navigate their route by following route markings (painted route stencils on the street) to help guide you on the tour. Signs and strategically placed volunteers assist in assuring you’re on the right route.

The Four-Star Bike & Chow starts and finishes at Circle Memorial Grove on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus (Morgan & Taylor Streets). Riders are released in waves during the starting time windows listed below.

If it's your first time riding on city streets, be sure to sign up for the Safe City Cycling course.  

The Four-Star Bike & Chow benefits the Active Transportation Alliance’s work to improve bicycling, walking and transit in Chicagoland. The ride takes place rain or shine; no refunds are available.

Route Descriptions

Riders start 9–9:30 a.m.

The 12-mile route is great for families and newer riders who prefer a shorter route at a leisurely pace. The 12-mile features a distinct Chicago neighborhood every two miles. Ride leisurely through University Village, Lower West Side, Pilsen, Bridgeport, Armour Square, South Loop, Chinatown – crossing twice the great Chicago River, past parks, historic homes, and architecturally significant buildings. The ride stops include the McGuane Park, Stearns Quarry and the newly renovated Ping Tom Park. Join us to explore this 12-mile little taste of Chicago – an ideal distance for families or the beginning rider. 

Optional: When riding this route, you can learn how to ride safely in city traffic by signing up for the Safe City Cycling course.  

Riders start 8:15–9 a.m.

Twelve miles not quite enough for you? Then our 22-mile route is for you. This route shares the first 8 miles of the 12-mile route through University Village, Lower West Side, Pilsen, Bridgeport and Armour Square where the two routes split. The 22-mile route travels further south onto Michigan Avenue through the neighborhoods of Bronzeville, Grand Boulevard, and the beautiful and historic Hyde Park. You’ll continue south to Midway Plaisance Park and through the University of Chicago campus where the ride turns back northbound, along Woodlawn Avenue, then closer east, along Lake Park Avenue – with Lake Michigan in sight. Riders return on Michigan and Wabash Avenues and into Chinatown, crossing the Chicago River back to the festival at UIC. Ride stops include McGuane Park, Stearns Quarry and the newly renovated Ping Tom Park. 

Riders start 7–8 a.m.

Chicago bike explorers, this 43-mile route is for you. We’re taking you to the Far South Side – to the historic Pullman District and back along the new south side Lake Shore Drive extension. The route travels south on Racine and Damen Avenues, past Sherman Park to the Dan Ryan Woods, the first stop along the route where riders then hop on the Major Taylor Trail to enjoy the quiet scenic trail. At the trail’s end, riders bike through the lovely Beverly neighborhood, then westbound to the historic Pullman District where you’ll get a taste of old Chicago with a stop at the Historic Pullman Foundation. The route takes an interesting turn to get us eastbound - north of Lake Calumet, over the Calumet River, under the toll road and north on to the open road of the newly opened south Lake Shore Drive extension. After a detour to the Chicago Velo Campus water stop, riders continue past Jackson and Midway Plaisance Parks through Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Kenwood and Bronzeville. The last several miles the route travels north, then west with a stop at the newly renovated Ping Tom Park. Nestled alongside the Chicago River, this park serves as the last rest stop before the final 2-mile ride back to the festival

Riders start 6:30–7 a.m.

Want to go the distance? This route is designed for the experienced rider or those looking for a ride challenge. It follows much of the 40-mile route with a western and southern extension. Like the 40-mile route, riders travel south on Racine and Damen Avenues; the ride diverges on Marquette to travel further westbound through Marquette Park, the Dan Ryan Woods then onto the Major Taylor Trail. Shortly after the trail ends, 62-milers continue southbound through Beverly, Morgan and into the south side suburb of Blue Island, reaching the Calumet River and its Aeration Plant. The route travels eastbound through West Pullman to the historic company town of Pullman where you’ll get a taste of old Chicago with a stop at the Historic Pullman Foundation. Riders then bike around Lake Calumet, over the Calumet River into the hamlet of Hegewisch – the Far South Side, but still within the Chicago city limits. Riders then travel back north through Wolf Lake State Park, open up on the Burnham Greenway bike path, maneuver through Calumet Park – and after a stop at the Chicago Velo Campus – riders can hit their stride on the new south Lake Shore extension. The ride finishes with a stretch on Woodlawn, King Drive and South Michigan Avenue. Before the final two miles, take a break at Ping Tom Park, then return to the UIC start for a deserving extended break. 

Participants are released in waves according to the routes selected. Please note the start time window for the route you selected.


Start times


9-9:30 a.m.


8:15-9 a.m.


7-8 a.m.


6:30-7 a.m.

If you have not picked up your rider number and t-shirt in advance of the event, be sure to give yourself additional time so that you start your ride between the start time ranges.

Sign up for the Safe City Cycling course and gain confidence biking in the city!