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Main Transportation Staging Point and Bike Shop

Live Grit Triathlon Store
1010 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 436-2400
Hours:

  • Mon. - Fri.: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat.: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun.: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The bike shop will be open special at 7:30 am on the Saturday morning before the start of the RAGBRAI just for participants of our RAGBRAI transportation service. We strongly recommend getting any last minute bike parts, tools, or cycling accessories there before we depart Chicago!

1.9 miles from the supported hotel

  • Click Here to download the in town cue sheets and map for the main transportation staging point.
  • Click Here for all supported facilities, services, and in town cycling routes for the main transportation staging point overlaid on satellite imagery.
  • Click Here for more information about our transportation staging points.
  • Click Here for our mechanical support services policies and procedures.

The main transportation staging point in Chicago will be at the Chicago bike shop. We strongly recommend getting any last minute bike parts, tools, or cycling accessories there!

Public Transportation
The main transportation staging point is within walking or biking distance of all local and long distance public transportation options in Chicago.

Parking
On street parking at the main transportation staging point is extremely limited. You will only be allowed to park there while you are directly loading your bike and baggage and you will not be able to park there for any extended amount of time.

The main transportation staging point is located very close to the Chicago parking garage and you will easily be able to walk or bike there. We will watch your bike and baggage while you do so.

Bicycle Shipments to and from the Chicago Bike Shop

  • Click Here for more information about shipping your bicycle to and from our events.

Live Grit is very familiar with receiving and shipping bicycles. They include a free cardboard shipping box as part of their bicycle disassembly and boxing service or if you shipped your bike using a hard, reusable shipping container they can store it for you at the shop during the event. You should call them to let them know about your bicycle shipment plans and ensure they will have a cardboard shipping box available for you if necessry. If you have any questions regarding your bicycle shipment they will be happy to assist you.

You should ship your bicycle via UPS directly to and from the address listed above.


Breakfast

Morgan Street Cafe
111 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 850-0234

Hours: The restaurant normally opens at 8:00 am, but will be open special on Saturday morning at 7:00 am for participants of our RAGBRAI transportation service.

0.1 miles from the main transportation staging point

They will have many take out type breakfast items available for you to eat while you are waiting to depart or on the bus itself. Please only order take out type items and do not get a sit down meal. We cannot wait for you to finish eating when we are ready to depart.


Supported Hotel and Chicago Hotel Transportation Staging Point

Congress Plaza Hotel
520 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 427-3800
Check in time is at 3:00 pm.
Check out time is at noon.
1.9 miles from the main transportation staging point

Our supported hotel in Chicago is in the heart of downtown Chicago and was chosen based on both its nightly rates and also its walking and biking distance between all local and long distance public transportation options in Chicago. Millennium Park is only five blocks away and there are lots of attractions nearby. Visit one of Lake Michigan’s beaches, browse the upscale shops and boutiques on the Magnificent Mile, or discover the iconic architecture and contemporary art of Millennium Park. Enjoy shopping, dining, museums, entertainment and seasonal events at Navy Pier or take in a show at the nearby theater district. Staying there can also be perfect way to allow your tired and sore muscles to rest and recover from a challenging cycling event and perfect if you would like to extend your event as part of a weekend getaway in the city!

  • Click Here to download the in town cue sheets and map for the Chicago hotel.
  • Click Here for all supported facilities, services, and in town cycling routes for the Chicago hotel overlaid on satellite imagery.
  • Click Here for more information about our supported hotels.

The hotel does not have a swimming pool, whirlpool, or laundry machines available.

Rates, Reservations, and Room Blocks
Room blocks will not be available, you will need to call for the best rate. We strongly recommend making your reservation as soon as possible to avoid any availability issues from other participants or anyone else, secure the lowest rate, and assure yourself a room!

Breakfast
A continental style breakfast is not included with reservations.

Restaurants

At the Supported Hotel
Gazebo Restaurant
Hours: 6:30 am - 11:00 am

Rafael’s Restaurant
Hours: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Other Local Restaurants

Arriving and Departing
Because the Chicago hotel is too far from the main transportation staging point to quickly, easily, or safely transport both your bike and baggage between them yourself we will have an additional transportation staging point directly at the hotel. You must pre-register to use our Chicago hotel transportation staging point otherwise you must use the main transportation staging point.

  • Click Here for more information about the Chicago Hotel Transportation Staging Point before the start of RAGBRAI.
  • Click Here for more information about the Chicago Hotel Transportation Staging Point after the end of RAGBRAI.

Several different CTA bus routes travel ether directly in front of or within a block of the hotel.

  • Click Here for more information about CTA local bus service.

The hotel does not offer any type of transportation service between downtown Chicago and O'Hare or Midway airports.

  • Click Here for more information about how to transport yourself, your baggage, and your bicycle between O'Hare and Midway airports.

Parking Garage

Impark Parking Garage
1301 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-0174
Hours: 5:00 am - 2:00 am
0.5 miles from the main transportation staging point
2.4 miles from the supported hotel

Online Rates
If you are planning on parking your car in Chicago long term you should Click Here to purchase your parking reservation online before you arrive through ParkWhiz. The online rate is $15 per day (regardless of weekdays or weekends) which actually ends up being $10 less expensive than the posted rates at the garage!

We also strongly recommend prepaying for your parking online because we have had issues in the past with participants paying directly at the garage itself. This is because the parking ticket machine only issues tickets for the current day one at a time and does not issue tickets for multiple days or future dates (see below). If a lot of participants need to do this it can take a LOT of time and significantly delay a timely departure from Chicago.

As part of your reservation ParkWhiz will give you a code (not the reservation code) to punch into the machine at the garage. When you arrive there you should go ahead and enter, park your car, remember your stall number, and leave a printed copy of your ParkWhiz reservation on your dashboard. You should then go to the pay machine, enter your stall number, and choose the Park Whiz rate. You will then get a $0 receipt from the machine if the code was accepted (you will not need to return to your vehicle).

Posted Rates
The posted daily cost for parking in Chicago is $20.00 per weekday and $10.00 per weekend day. Weekend rates are in effect beginning at 4:00 pm Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. This is about $15.00 per day less expensive than any other lot in the downtown area. Reservations are not necessary.

Unfortunately the parking ticket machine only issues tickets for the current day one at a time and does not issue tickets for multiple days or future dates. You will need to purchase a single day ticket for each day you will leave your car parked for the entire event in advance, even though the dates on the tickets will be incorrect. You must also leave all the tickets clearly displayed on your dashboard with our parking sign so the garage staff knows you have paid and your vehicle is associated with Bicycle Illinois.

  • Click Here for more information about arriving in a car and parking.
  • Click Here to download the parking sign.

Please be aware that there are no bathrooms at or near the Chicago parking garage.

The CTA #20 Madison bus route travels directly in front of the parking garage.

  • Click Here for more information about the CTA #20 Madison bus route and schedule.
  • Click Here for more information about CTA local bus service.

Please be aware that there are no bathrooms at or near the Chicago parking garage.


CTA L Train Stations

  • Click Here for more information about CTA L trains.
Train Line
Arrival/Departure Location
Main Transportation
Staging Point
Supported
Hotel
Green
Morgan
Adams & Wabash
Pink
Morgan
Adams & Wabash
Blue
UIC/Halsted
Jackson
Red
Transfer to or from the Green
Line
or Pink Line at State & Lake
Harrison
Orange
Transfer to or from the Pink
Line
at Washington & Wells
Adams & Wabash
Brown
Transfer to or from the Pink
Line
at Washington & Wells
Adams & Wabash
Purple
Transfer to or from the Green
Line
or Pink Line at Clark & Lake
Adams & Wabash

Morgan Station
958 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60607
0.4 miles from the main transportation staging point

The Morgan Station serves Green and Pink line trains.

This station serves the main transportation staging point.

   

UIC/Halsted Station
430 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
0.4 miles from the main transportation staging point

The UIC/Halsted Station serves Blue line trains.

This station serves the main transportation staging point.

   

Adams & Wabash Station
201 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
0.5 miles from the supported hotel

The Adams & Wabash Station serves Green, Orange, Brown, Purple, and Pink line trains.

This station serves the supported hotel.

   

Jackson Station
328 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60604
0.5 miles from the supported hotel

The Jackson Station serves Blue line trains.

This station serves the supported hotel.

   

Harrison Station
608 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
0.2 miles from the supported hotel

The Harrison Station serves Red line trains.

This station serves the supported hotel.


Metra Train Stations

  • Click Here for the earliest arrival and latest departure times for all Metra train lines in downtown Chicago.
  • Click Here for more information about Metra Trains.

Walking and CTA L Train Routes to the Main Transportation Staging Point
Instead of riding your bike from a Metra train station to the main transportation staging point, it may be significantly easier and faster to walk and/or travel using a CTA L train.

Please note that the routes listed below are only for walking your bike and/or your baggage on the sidewalk since many routes go the opposite way on one-way streets. DO NOT RIDE YOUR BIKE ON ANY SIDEWALK OR THE WRONG WAY DOWN ANY ONE-WAY STREET!

  • Click Here to download the in town cue sheet and map for the walking and CTA L train routes from all Metra train stations to the main transportation staging point.
  • Click Here for the in town cycling routes for the walking and CTA L train routes from all Metra train stations to the main transportation staging point overlaid on satellite imagery.

Union Station
225 S. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60606
1.5 miles from the main transportation staging point
1.3 miles from the supported hotel

   
Ogilvie Transportation Center
500 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661
1.6 miles from the main transportation staging point
1.4 miles from the supported hotel
   

Van Buren Station
132 E. Van Buren St.
Chicago, IL 60605
2.0 miles from the main transportation staging point
0.1 miles from the supported hotel

   
LaSalle Station
414 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60605
1.5 miles from the main transportation staging point
0.6 miles from the supported hotel

Local Bus Service

Chicago Transit Authority
(888) YOUR-CTA (968-7282)

Every bus is equipped with a bicycle rack that holds two fully assembled bicycles. Bicycles are allowed at all times.

  • Click Here for more information about how to bring your bike on the bus.
  • Click Here for more information about local public transportation.

Taxicabs

Taxicabs regularly pass by all supported facilities and service locations in Chicago and specific contact information is not necessary.


Amtrak Train Station

Union Station
225 S. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) USA-RAIL (872-7245)
Hours: 5:30 am to midnight
1.5 miles from the main transportation staging point
1.3 miles from the supported hotel

  • Click Here for more information about Amtrak train service.
  • Click Here for more information about long distance public transportation carriers.

Greyhound Bus Station

Greyhound Bus Station
630 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(800) 231-2222 fare and schedule information
(312) 408-5821
Hours: Open 24 hours
0.9 miles from the main transportation staging point
1.0 miles from the supported hotel

  • Click Here for more information about Greyhound bus service.
  • Click Here for more information about long distance public transportation carriers.

MegaBus Stop

MegaBus
518 W. Polk St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(877) 462-6342
1.2 miles from the main transportation staging point
1.1 miles from the supported hotel

  • Click Here for more information about MegaBus bus service.
  • Click Here for more information about long distance public transportation carriers

All MegaBus reservations must be made online. Tickets are not sold at this location.


Grocery Stores

Target
1101 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 279-3340
Hours: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
0.3 miles from the main transportation staging point

This grocery store serves the main transportation staging point.


Target
1154 S. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 212-6300
Hours: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
0.9 miles from the supported hotel

This grocery store serves the supported hotel.


Hospital

Rush University Medical Center
1650 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-5000
1.2 miles from the main transportation staging point
2.3 miles from the supported hotel

  • Click Here for our medical support services policies and procedures

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