The Kidlist Guide to Family Bike Rides: Bike Trails, Shops, and More!

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Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors via a bike ride with your family! Whether it’s a ride around the neighborhood, a trip to a nearby wooded trail, or a cool biking event right in your town, there are plenty of options for fun family biking locally. If you are on the lookout for new bikes, tandem bikes, bike seats or bike trailers, Kidlist has you covered with the best spots to shop. And don’t worry if some of your littlest bikers aren’t quite riding on their own yet. We have ideas for them as well! Grab your bike helmet and take a look.

Bike Shops, Trails, Events, and More in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Summer 2021 Local Bike Riding Events

Check out these great family-friendly events all centered around biking. From teaching young riders basic bike safety and rules of the road to family rides and bike parades, there’s all kinds of biking fun to be had!

Bike with the Cops
June 15, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Family Bike Challenge
July 10, 2021 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lombard Cycling Classic
July 20, 2021 | 10:00 am – 8:15 pm

Gear Up for Safety
August 1, 2021 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Picturesque Places to Ride Bikes

Take advantage of some beautiful scenery as you ride along one of the following bike trails. Please be sure to follow proper bike safety and use each trail at your own discretion. Specific information on DuPage County Forest Preserve Bike Trails is here.

Salt Creek Trail

  • 16.4 miles of paved and crushed-gravel paths
  • Starts in Western Springs and ends at Brookfield Zoo

Churchill Woods in Glen Ellyn

  • 0.6-mile crushed limestone trail
  • Connects to the Great Western Trail

Danada-Herrick Regional Trail in Wheaton

  • 3 miles of trails
  • You can also visit the horses at Danada Equestrian Center (located on the East side)

Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook

  • 1.3-miles, mostly crushed gravel
  • Graue Mill Museum and Fullersburg Nature Center make nice stops

Greene Valley Trail in Naperville

  • 12 miles of trails
  • Scenic overlook open on weekends May-October from 11am-6pm

Illinois Prairie Path

  • 61 miles that span Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties with three main branches
  • Points of interest along the way include Kline Creek Farm, Prairie Patch Play Area at Lincoln Marsh, and St. James Farm

Mayslake in Oak Brook

  • 1-mile trail takes you around the lake
  • Also a great fishing spot

Morton Arboretum in Lisle

  • Bikes are allowed on the Arboretum roads
  • The Children’s Garden is a great place for the whole family

Springbrook Prairie in Naperville

  • 7 miles of crushed-limestone trails
  • Known for the best bird watching

Waterfall Glen in Darien

Family-Friendly Bike Trails Printable

Click on the image below for a full-resolution printable version.

Neighborhood Bike Shops

Your local bike shop has a wonderful assortment of bikes and gear! Talk to their experts to find out what your family needs for a smooth ride.

Dan’s Bike Shop
6715 W. Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL 60402

Terry’s Bicycles
9828 West 55th Street
Countryside, IL 60525

RTT Cycle Shop
5116-B Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Trek
639 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Stemple’s Bike Shop
494 S Spring Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

The Bike Hub
495 N Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 793-4030

King Keyser
41 S Washington Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
630) 323-4320

The Wheel Thing
417 N La Grange Road
La Grange Park, IL, 60526

Bicycles Etc.
6460 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

LiNiTo Cycle
22 Kenilworth Court
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 576-0036

Bikefix
310 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 445-8760

Wheel and Sprocket
1118 Westgate Street
Oak Park, IL 60301

J & R Cycle
240 W. St. Charles Road
Villa Park, IL 60181

The Great Little Bike Shop
416 E Ogden Ave Unit A
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 915-0272

Midwest Cyclery
117 E Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 668-2424

2 Bici Bicycle Shop
8695 Archer Avenue
Willow Springs, IL 60480
(708) 330-5234

Bike Riding Classes for Kids

Did you know that REI offers How to Ride a Bike for Kids classes for children ages 5–11 at the Oak Brook and Northbrook locations? Click here for available dates. This helpful video from REI also walks you through how to help your child to ride a bike.

We’re loving all the outdoor fun for kids that makes summertime in Chicago so grand! Tag us in your adventures with #mykidlist.

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