We don’t own bikes, so we rented two and a child seat (comes with helmets) from Bike and Roll Chicago’s Foster Beach location.
2 hours and 12 miles later (which definitely made me sore that evening!), we made our way from Foster Beach down near Oak Street Beach and back. We didn’t make it all the way downtown in our two hours. Next time we’ll have to rent from their Navy Pier location so we can take Mia to see Buckingham Fountain.
Similar to our 3 hour, 6 mile kayaking adventure, on the way back we were tired and borderline miserable. Rather than coasting at a leisurely pace with the breezy lake by my side, I had a few mental pep talks (similar to when I run) as I pushed myself through the burn in my legs to race back before our 2 hour time was up. But, for smiles and views like these…J
We knew we’d relax at the beach after our bike ride, so we stopped on the side of the bike path at Fullerton Grill to pick up hot dogs, corn on the cob and beans and chips to eat back at Foster Beach. The Grill offers Rub BBQ Company items, which I overheard, won North Center’s Ribfest recently. I was way too hot and sweaty to order any BBQ though. Take note, they don’t have plastic bags if you want to pack up your food to take somewhere else.
While it wasn’t a cheap family day out ($60 for 2 bikes for 2 hours + a child seat and $20 of food), it was another Chicago activity to check off our bucket list. And it could be a free day if you actually owned bikes J
A dip in the lake (which was unusually warm) was just what we needed to cool down after our sweltering bike ride. Foster Beach is our preferred Chicago beach because it’s not too crowded, not so ghetto, not full of drunken 20 some-things, is family friendly, the pay box parking lot is close to the beach entrance and there is an area to rinse the sand off.
Unfortunately, Mia always leaves the beach crying because she doesn’t want to get out of the water or go home! She even peed on Doug as he carried her back to the car. Take note parents, swim diapers do not hold pee in!