Adult: Shabbona Woods - reschedule to June 25-26
A Two Day Bike Camping Trip from Comrade Cycles to Cook County's Shabbona Woods
Saturday, June 25, 2020, 9:30 AM – Sunday June 26, 2020, 4:30 PM CDT
Ridership Level: Easy | Pace 10 mph | Mileage: Day One: 25 Miles | Day Two: 25 miles | Max 8 riders with 2 guides | $65
Travel south over bridges, canals, and railroads to a hidden gem among the industrial past of Chicago - Camp Shabbona Woods. At twenty-five miles from Buckingham fountain, this is an accessible ride for beginners with a route almost entirely on bike paths or bike lanes that include the Lakefront Path, the new South Lake Shore Drive extension bike lanes, Calumet Park, Wolf Creek Park, and the Burnham Greenway.
Registration coming soon
Adult: Milwaukee: The Good Land - rescheduled to July 25-26
A Two Day Bike Camping trip from Turin Bike Shop (Chicago) to Milwaukee
Sat, July 25, 2020 7:00 AM – Sun, July 26, 2020, 7:15 CDT
Ridership Level: Advanced | Pace 14 mph | Mileage: Day One 80 | Day Two 28 | Max 8 riders with 2 guides | $95
Milwaukee the good land is a 2 day, 1 night bike camp-out from Chicago to our neighbor to the north Milwaukee, where we will bike to and camp at Cliffside Park in southeast Wisconsin along beautiful Lake Michigan. Enjoy warm campfire and cool beverages in route to a bar-bike crawl in Milwaukee followed by a leisurely train ride back home to our beloved city of Chicago. Breweries/Bars to tour/visit: Lakefront Brewery, Palomino (classic MKE tavern), and maybe some more (day of decisions)
Registration coming soon
Adult: Battle to the Dunes - Maybe rescheduled for mid-August
A Two Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Indiana Dunes National Park
Ridership Level: Moderate | Pace 12 mph | Mileage: Day One 70+ | Day Two 55 | Max riders - (to be determined) | $65
Come ride as a part of Adventure Cycling Association's Bike Travel Weekend and join the thousands of bicyclists who will be doing a bike weekend all over the country. On this trip, Out Our Front Door will lead you to the Lake Michigan shoreline of Southern Chicago and Northwestern Indiana to reveal the marks of a century-long conflict over land use in the region. Sand dunes, steel mills, power lines, marsh land, and a commercial harbor share a ten-mile stretch along the lakeshore. We'll learn the struggle for a National Park and discover the birthplace of ecology, the rise of Steel, and pop in one of the last remaining wood-smoked seafood shacks in Illinois, for a mouth-watering snack.
We'll transport back to the 1893's Worlds fair as we cruise along Chicago's world class museum campuses, the Daniel Burnham and Jackson Parks, and to the beginnings of green spaces of Chicago. But most important of all, spend an evening enjoying the Sand Dunes of the Indiana Dunes Lake Shore and State Park. -A two day bike camping tour, with steel, nature, bridges, beaches, camping & history.
This year, all camping will be at the Dunewood Campground in Indiana Dunes National Park. This ride is open to adults and incredibly advanced family riders.
Registration coming soon
Family: Pratt's Wayne Woods - July 10-12
**COVID-19 NOTE: We are hoping and dreaming that it is safe to ride and camp together by this event. What a way to burst into the delayed ride season. That said, if health professionals, the government, the parks tell us it is not safe to do this ride, then we will refund you 100% asap.
Three Day Family Bike Camping Trip from Oak Park to Pratt's Wayne Woods
Fri, July 10, 2020, 9:30 AM – Sun, July 12, 2020, 4:30 PM
Ridership Level: Moderate | Pace: 10mph | Mileage: Day One: 27 Miles | Day Two: Exploration | Day Three: 27 Miles | Max 8 riders with 2 guides | $35 kids, $55 adults
Head west on North America’s first successful rails-to-trails conversion, the Illinois Prairie Path, to DuPage County’s largest forest preserve, Pratt's Wayne Woods. At twenty-seven miles from Oak Park, this is an accessible low-stress ride, suitable for beginners and experienced riders. The route is almost entirely on the off-street crushed limestone Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) and Great Western Trail with some street riding to get to the path and street crossings.
Pratt’s Wayne Woods features biking and walking trails, fishing, and over 1,000 species of native plants and animals. The terrain is made up of oak savannas, prairies, grasslands, and wetlands. The youth group campsite is situated on the shores of scenic Pickerel Lake and features toilets, a dining pavilion, water pumps, picnic tables, and fire rings. Day 2 has a water park option at Bartlett's Aquatic Center (4 miles from the campground).
Adult: Waterways to the West - August 21-23
A Three Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Starved Rock State Park
Friday, August 21, 2020, 5:15 AM – Sun, August 23, 2020, 7:30 PM CDT
Featuring: Glaciers | Topography | And the birth of Chicago
Ridership Level: Advanced | Pace: 12-15mph | Travel time: 12 hours | Mileage: Day One 110 mi, Day Two at the park, Day Three 110 mi | Max riders - (to be determined) with 2 guides | $80
Lodging: Tent or Hotel (campsite included when you register bring your own camping gear) (Hotel is separate and on your own accord)
This is not your average group bike ride. At each break point and along the way, our Guides will immerse and educate in the history, geography, architecture and the uniquely beautiful natural habitats and ecosystems of North Eastern Illinois. Our groups are small and personable to ensure the knowledge of the land is passed on.
We will learn about the world's first major natural waterway reversal in human history as we traverse from the heart of the Chicago along the Chicago River to the Illinois and Michigan Canal.
Cold air starts to sweep across the land when we go back in time to relive a catastrophic flood that occurred between 14,000 and 18,000 years ago in the Midwestern United States that reshaped the land.
Guided Hike in the State Park. One of the most beloved hidden jewels near Chicagoland is Starved Rock State Park. It is one of Illinois'most beautiful destinations. The park's 18 canyons feature vertical walls of moss-covered stone and multiple waterfalls, formed by glacial melt water that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs located along the Illinois River bluffs in Utica Illinois will surely percolate anyone's curiosity.
Featured Event: Ride to Valhalla - September 11-14
A Guided Four Night Bike Camping Loop of Door County Wisconsin
Fri, September 11, 2020, 11 AM – Monday, September 14, 2020, 7:00 PM CDT
Featuring: Glaciated Cliffs | Lake Michigan | Deep Nordic History | The Clearing
Ridership Level: Intermediate-Advanced | Pace: 12-15mph |
Mileage: Day One 30 mi, Day Two 45 mi | Day 3 25 mi | Day 4 75 mi
Max riders - (to be determined) with 4-7 guides | $325 Early Bird (until July 15), $375 regular price
This is a FOUR NIGHT LOOP OF DOOR COUNTY! Two nights spent on the remote Rock Island! This is not your average group bike ride. At certain breakpoints and along the way, our Guides will immerse and educate in the history, geography, architecture and the uniquely beautiful natural habitats and ecosystems of Door County. We will incorporate cultural stops to see some of the more interesting sights of Door County.
We will learn about the quest for Icelandic-American inventor, Chester Thordarson to build a Valhalla in America on Rock Island. Jens Jensen, the landscape architect responsible for such Chicago landmarks as Humboldt and Garfield Parks, has an intellectual commune and natural retreat called The Clearing which will be a stop along the way.
Natural highlights include the splendor and glaciated cliffs of Door County looking out onto Green Bay and Lake Michigan.
We’ll take a rest day on Rock Island allowing us some time to explore Washington Island by bike. See such sites as the Washington Island Stavkirke, a Scandinavian church and the Mountain Park Lookout. We’ll also have time to explore Rock Island itself, a former private estate of the Thordarson family and see the historic boathouse.
Meals and entertainment will be provided on this unique adventure. We’ll hope for clear skies at night for clear viewing of the stars from Rock Island.
All riders must get themselves to the start point in Sturgeon Bay.
Family: Camp Sullivan - September 25-27
A Three Day Bike Camping Trip from Bullfrog Lake (Palos) to Camp Sullivan (Oak Forest)
Fri, September 25, 9:30 AM – Sun, September 27, 2020, 4:30 PM CDT
Ridership Level: Easy | Pace 10 mph | Mileage: Day One: 17 miles | Day Two: Exploration | Day Three: 12 miles | Max 8 riders with 2 guides | $35 kids, $55 adults
Explore the beauty of our extensive forest preserves in the Southwest Burbs. We will start at the famous Bull Frog Lake (secure overnight parking available. Also, near Willow Springs Metra). We will wind through the trails of that forest preserve. Along the route, we will take plenty of breaks and will even have a picnic before arriving to Camp Sullivan. This is a unique forest preserve, because they rent gear and your OOFD guides are trained and certified to use the gear at no extra cost to the riders. So you can bring your own gear or you can use the quality gear provided at the camp (such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, etc).
On Day 2, we will have plenty of time to explore the park and surrounding trails. The park house even has a climbing wall that will be available for use. And on Day 3, we will take a more direct route back to Bull Frog Lake.
Adult: Autumn Sun Harvest Tour - October 24-25
Two Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Illinois Beach State Park
Sat, Oct 24, 2019, 7:15 AM – Sun, Oct 25, 2019, 7:30 PM CST
Fall Color Tour | Bike overnight | 2 Days
Ridership Level: Easy-Moderate | Pace: 12mph | Travel time: 6 hours | Mileage: Day One: 52 miles | Day Two: Train option OR 52 mile option OR 75 mile option | Max riders - (to be determined) with 10 guides | $90
This one has become quite the tradition and quite the good time. Join us as we close out the main ride season with a herd of the OOFD community. Reunite with folks you rode with throughout the year as we ride through the crisp cool air and the smell of autumn, as we tour the forests of Northeastern Illinois. A seasonal landscape, where vast tracks of color flush red, yellow and autumn bronze, in the valley of the Des Plaines. A regional ride through the woods and prairies that lie beyond Chicago. But before we get there… house pumpkins, gourds, and cider fill the north shore communities, as we travel north and feast our eyes upon architectural masterpieces.
Learn about the towns, the lay of the land, and the unique ecosystems along the way, as we drop knowledge on top of your noggins at each break point.
We’ll ride to and camp on the youngest land in the state at Illinois Beach State Park, discover the Dead River, go on a guided Nature walk, and learn what the Chicago area looked like before European settlement. And what better way to end our first day of riding than to relax around a campfire, on a cool night with warm apple cider on the shores of Lake Michigan.
This year, on Day 2, we will have guides leading a group back the way we came along the lake for a shorter route or the longer route along the Des Plaines River Trail. The train is always an option too. So gather some friends, check out the itinerary, and let’s have a good time.
Adult: Decemberg - December 12-13
A Two Day Bike Camping trip from Chicago to Camp Reinberg
Sat, Dec 12, 2019, 7:00 AM – Sun, Dec 13, 2019, 1:00 PM CDT
Ridership Level: Intermediate | Pace 12 mph | Mileage: Day One 45 | Day Two 42 | Max 25 riders with 5 guides | $85
You know you can't wait til April to do another overnight. So join this rad crew and rock that winter bike riding life. Learn about the history and beginnings of the Forest Preserves, the ecology of the area, and what it takes to preserve it. Ride through time and discover how land use evolved from the natural to the industrial to the recreational. Gain a new appreciation for winter riding and celebrate a day in the cold outdoors. We will help you appreciate the warmth of the fire and heated cabins upon arrival to Reinberg, Cook County Forest Preserve's first acquisition. Includes hot dinner, steamy oatmeal breakfast and yes, heated cabins (though if you wanna pitch a tent out back, we can make that happen).
Will I learn something? Will there be community? Will I have Fun? Yes. Yes. and Yes. So celebrate the upcoming spring weather and meet some new people. All are welcome.