Shabbona Woods Bike Campout 2019

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Comrade Cycles

1908 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60622

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A 2-Day Bike Camping Adventure from downtown Chicago to Camp Shabbona Woods.


Pre-Ride meeting: April 12th 6:30PM (non-mandatory but encouraged)

Start: Buckingham Fountain, 301 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

Meet: 9:30am Saturday morning

Ride to and Overnight: Camp Shabbona Woods. 15810 S Torrence Ave, South Holland, IL, 60473

Return to Chicago by Bike 6pm-ish Sunday afternoon

Includes: Guided Tour, Campsites, and food for Friday Dinner and Saturday Breakfast.

You Bring: Camping and riding gear on your bike.

Day 1: 25 Miles | Day 2: 25 miles

Ridership Level: Easy

Tour Size: Max 12 participants. 3 guides.

Pace: Casual, we ride together as a group. 12mph

All Are Welcome


  • One Night/Two Day Tent Campsite Reservation

  • Meals (Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast)

  • Interpretative Trail Guides/Ride Leaders

  • Campfire & Camp Snacks


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 downtown, this is an accessible low-stress ride, suitable for beginners and experienced riders. The route is almost entirely on bike paths and/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.

The facilities at Shabonna Woods are excellent and amenities include the Sand Ridge Nature Center with animals, exhibits, and walking trails, as well as the Green Lake Aquatic Center across the street featuring a lazy river and a water slide: Campers get free admission.

Campsite features a fire pit, picnic tables, full-service bathrooms with showers, dining pavilions with electrical outlets for device charging, and camp store with concessions.


  • Bike, tent, sleeping bags, and gear

  • Saturday lunch (we'll stop at a restuaurant), water, and snacks

  • Bike lock, spare inner tubes, bike lights, & helmets

  • Personal Items and changes of clothes

  • A hot/cold camp cup and spork


This ride is designated as EASY. That means it’s suitable for first-time bike campers or beginners and open to all. This is our most accessible and low-stress route departing from downtown Chicago. It features a lovely mostly off-street bike path route


  • Generally, from downtown we follow the Lakefront Path, the John Beniac Greenway, and the Burnham Greenway. The distance is about 24 miles from our start at Buckingham Fountain to Camp Shabbona Woods. We will have regular stops for water and bathrooms as well as a lunch stop on the way.

  • We expect the whole ride to take three to four hours including breaks.


Bike camping offers a total sensory experience, where the journey is as important as the destination. It’s like backpacking by bike; you carry your camping gear with you on your bicycle. With this adventure, we offer beginners and experts alike an opportunity to experience bike camping beyond the city.


These rides usually have a 1:4 guide to participant ratio to ensure a safe and smooth experience. Guides will have a bike tool kit, an air pump, a presta/schrader valve adapter, tire lever, chain breaker, and a crescent wrench (for those older bikes), a multi-toolkit, lights, and an emergency packet. Our guides will help you with any needed repairs. *If you have any of the above items please bring them along at your own convenience.

Our guides work with historians, biologists, forest rangers, library books, and leading people in their fields to deliver a one-of-a-kind story to remember. They have setup a couple break points along the way in all the right places to ensure we get proper breaks and don't push too hard. If this is your first time out on a long ride, you’ll be surprised by how far you can go when you take some breaks.


How much are tickets?

  • Adult tickets are $85.

What’s included in the registration?

  • Tickets include a two-night group tent campsite rental, ride marshals, dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, guides, trip planning, firewood, and s’mores.

  • Participants bring their own tents, sleeping bags, clothing, and other gear.

Tell me more about food.

  • The guides will prepare a hearty, tasty camp dinner on Saturday night (veggie options available for vegetarians) and Sunday breakfast (Coffee, oatmeal, fruit, and tea).

How do I get to the start point if I don’t live nearby?

  • It’s up to you to get to the start point however you can. A few options: 1) store your bike and gear near the start/end point in another participant's garage before and after the ride; 2)Take the closest CTA train to get to the start point - be aware of rush-hour bike restrictions

Do I need to bring my own tent and sleeping gear?

  • Yes! Check out a sample packing list here. If you already own camping equipment, you can use what you have. However, if you’re looking to invest, buy gear intended for backpacking; it’s lighter and more packable than car camping equipment. We’ll cover how to pack for family bike camping in an upcoming blog post.

  • Don’t own any camping equipment? Our two Cook County Forest Preserve destinations (Camp Dan Beard and and Camp Shabbona Woods) all rent camping gear. See here for more details.

Do you transport the tent and camping gear to the destination?

  • No. There is no SAG vehicle. Participants transport themselves, plus tent and gear to the campsite on their bike. That’s what makes it bike camping! Please pack lightly and find a way to load your bike solidly.

What happens if it rains, is the event cancelled?

  • No. We will make every effort to put the event on and would only cancel in the event of biblical extreme weather or the zombie apocalypse (in which case, we’d all be furiously peddling with the other bike-powered preppers anyway). We strongly suggest you bring rain gear and if it looks like rain, garbage bags double wrapped over your gear with some tape where necessary can good-enough waterproof almost anything.

Bike Rentals?

  • Check out Bobby's Bike and Hike. They hook our people up with a mini-discount

What kind of bike do I need?

  • There is a bit of limestone, but really, all bikes are welcome. Just make sure it is decently tuned up.

What happens if my bike breaks?

  • We are here to help and have dedicated ride marshals in the group who will make simple repairs and help you out in any type of breakdown in order to get you rolling again.

  • This is frontcountry camping, which means we’re never that far from a bike shop if things get serious.

What happens if I’m too slow ?

  • No rider left behind! If you can keep pedaling and have a positive attitude, we won't leave you. Plus, we ride slowly, usually around 10-12 mph.

  • If you just can't complete the ride, bail out options include Metra, CTA, rideshare and phone a friend, depending on location.

Are there other rides?

  • Yes! For 2019, there are a total of 10, about once a month.

  • Shorter free day rides called Where the Wild Things Grow happen monthly.

How fun is it riding with other folks?

  • Adventures create memories that last a lifetime so be prepared to have some fun and feel those warm communal vibes along the route and around that campfire. You'll honestly be riding, camping, and hanging with some of the coolest people in Chicagoland.


Individual/Participant Cancellations: No Refunds. No Transfers. | We are a small organization and due to the small group size of our rides, a ticket cancellation/no show has a real impact into the planning of the tour and as such, we cannot provide any refunds for a participant cancellation. By registering, you acknowledge and agree there will not be a refund if you cancel or do not show up for the event. Tickets are non-transferable and can not be resold. Please contact the ride organizer if you are no longer able to attend.

Organizer Cancellation: Full Refund | Nobody wants an event to be cancelled. But in the very rare case the organizer does cancel the event at their discretion due to unforeseen circumstances, then registered participants will receive a full refund. To date this organizer has never cancelled an event.

Weather and Rain: We do not cancel an event for rain or a storm. We ride rain or shine. Understand that Chicago weather is typically passing, if it gets intense we will wait it out in a provided shelter then continue biking. FYI-Some of the best views and greenery are after a rain storm.


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