We would never have believed how pleasant a bicycle ride it is from Hobart, Indiana, to Chicago. The AAA map makes it look like there are nothing but busy interstates, but we are here to tell you that except for about 4 rainy, traffic laden miles from our just-off-the-interstate hotel, the trip is mostly pleasant bicycle paths and quiet city streets.
We have no new state border sign. Apparently they don't put them on bike paths. We realized we were in Illinois when we passed a Cook County park sign.
If you are ever in Highland, stop at Les Cafe and Pancake House. They are extremely nice.
One of the many bike paths through industrial areas.
From the bike path, We could see the highway toll booths.
Before we knew it, Chicago was in sight.
We enjoyed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the 63rd Street Beach.
The day began to clear and joggers and bikers appeared along the Lakeshore Bikeway. There seems to be a lot to see and do, so we decided to stay in the city for two nights. The opening picture is a view from our hotel room. We enjoyed just looking at the traffic from our window.
The life guards were out in force, but not many people were in the water.
We had a great dinner at a restaurant called Local Roots. The surprise of the evening was fireworks over the Navy Pier.