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Registration opening for
2017 North Shore Century
will be announced here
March 1 2017.

The North Shore Century offers incredibly scenic biking. You’ll experience luxurious neighborhoods, view unique architectural treasures, pedal down tranquil tree-lined streets and feel the refreshing breezes of Lake Michigan. Open it up in the flat to rolling countryside between Chicago and Wisconsin. Join us on Sunday, September 18th when the Evanston Bicycle Club sponsors one of Chicagoland’s premiere invitational rides - the 32nd annual North Shore Century.  Hundreds of riders make the North Shore Century their last - maybe their best - ride of summer. You can, too.
Choose one of three ways to register for the ride.
  • Register online at  by September 15.
  • Mail the Printable Registration Form by September 8.
  • Register day-of-ride at Dawes Park in Evanston, 6:00AM – 11 AM.
We encourage you to register by August 15, 2016.
Late registration and day-of-ride fees go up significantly!


All North Shore Century rides begin and end

in Evanston at Dawes Park. The Dawes Park start and finish area is located near Church Street and Sheridan Road.

Click for Driving Directions or Map.


We offer a variety of well-mapped and well-marked rides for biking enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Annotated cue sheets and painted street markers guide you. All routes share the same first five miles.

This 100-mile ride is what made the North Shore Century famous. It starts in Evanston and stretches to Kenosha in Wisconsin. Newly routed for 2016, The Classic Century is quieter, smoother and more scenic than ever! You’ll cycle through some of the most elegant communities in Illinois.

This 62-miler winds its way through quiet rural streets and picturesque towns and villages, past handsome homes, parks and lovely village greens.

This 50-mile ride goes to beautiful Lake Forest before your journey takes you back towards Evanston, riding past mansions on Sheridan Road.

A wonderful 25-mile ride for those of you who want a leisurely day out on your bike and an opportunity to see some of the most architecturally impressive homes around. Perfect for families and a great introduction for new riders!

All North Shore Century rides begin and end at Dawes Park in Evanston. The start and finish area is located near Church Street and Sheridan Road. (Scroll down for parking information.) 


Registration begins at 6 a.m. on the day of the ride. Century riders must register and be on the road no later than 9 a.m. All others may register until 11 a.m., at which time registration closes. Routes close at 6 p.m.



The fee is $30 through August 15 for online registration or for mail-in registration & payment postmarked by August 15. After that the fee is $40 online through September 15 or mail-in through September 8. Registration is $50 at the start of the ride.

Children under 16 years of age can register for $10 and must be accompanied by a registered adult rider. Children who are passengers on your bike are free. 

Groups of five or more who pre-register for the ride by delivering their forms and payment in the same envelope get a 10% discount!

Register online at  by September 15th or use the Printable Registration Form before September 8th.

New for 2016!

Dry-fit wicking T-shirts

Men’s & Women’s short sleeve sizes:

$20 if ordered with early registration;

$25 if purchased day of ride,

while supplies last.

For details, see on-line registration

or printable registration form.

  • No mail-in registration after Sept 8.
  • No online registration after Sept 15.



Registration begins at 6:00 AM on the day of the ride. Century riders must register and

be on the road no later than 9:00 AM. All others may register until 11:00 AM, at which

time registration closes. All riders are expected to complete their ride by 6 PM.

  • Registered riders will receive their NSC wristband ID at Dawes Park.
  • There is no fixed start time. You may begin to ride as soon as you have finished registration.
  • The registration facility has restrooms, picnic tables, and shelter.
  • Bagels and coffee will be available at no charge at the registration area before you begin your ride.
  • You are expected to bring a bike in good condition with spare tube, basic tools, and rudimentary knowledge of repairs.
  • Bike mechanics from local bike shops will be available at the registration area to give your bike a safety check before you begin your ride.
  • We will have bike shop mechanics at all rest stops to provide minor repairs.
  • Sag wagons support every route in case of emergency or breakdown.
  • There will be one rest stop on the 25-mile route, two rest stops on the 50-mile route, three rest stops on the 62-mile route, and five rest stops on the century route, not including the start/finish area.
  • Rest stops are stocked with home-baked cookies, breads, nourishing snacks and drinks.
  • Registration fees are not refundable.
 Road Rules   GPS   
While we encourage enthusiasm about the ride, we ask riders to be respectful of local residents and to obey the same traffic laws as motorists. North Shore communities do ticket for riding more than two abreast and for disregarding traffic signals and signs.
Helmets are strongly recommended. A traumatic brain injury will really ruin your ride.
Evanston requires cyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet.

The NSC 2016 route will be available a few days before the ride. For riders who pre-register on-line through, we will send out a link to KML files (suitable for loading into a GPS) and PDF files of the final route at that time.

You can see pictures of the route and other EBC pictures at NSC Photos

Paying it forward     

Funds from the North Shore Century enable the Evanston Bicycle Club to support bike-related programs and organizations.


Arriving and Parking for NSC
Evanston is easy to get to by car, but on street parking in the high-density residential area near Clark Street Beach is very hard to find. Both Evanston City parking garages and the Northwestern University garage are located close to the start/finish line and parking is Free on Sundays. Remember to take your bike OFF the
roof before entering garage. The parking garages are located at:
  • Northwestern University Parking Garage (3 block north of Start/Finish). Cars with roof-racks may park on the upper level. Click for map. (P1)
  • The Maple Avenue entrance of the new parking garage at 1800 Maple (1 block north of the Transportation Center’s “L” / METRA stops on Maple at Clark St.). Click for map. (P2)
  • The parking garage on Chicago Ave. at 525 Church St. Alternate entrance on Clark at 524 Clark Ave. Click for map. (P3)
  • The Sherman Plaza Self Park on Davis St. at Benson Ave. Click for map. (P4)
It is also easy to get to Evanston without a car. Downtown Evanston is well served by public transit. The CTA trains now allow bikes during all hours on weekends.
  • Both Metra and the “L” have stops at Davis St. The CTA station is handicapped accessible. From either Davis Street station, go a half block north to Church St., then 6 blocks east to Sheridan Rd. The Dawes Park entrance is right there.
  • RTA online trip planner click here.
  • CTA train info click here.
  • CTA “L” service is available from Chicago into Evanston’s Davis St station. Davis St. is a handicapped accessible station (easier for taking bikes through) with an elevator. From the station go 1½ blocks north to Clark St and then 6 blocks East to Clark Street Beach.
  • For more info on CTA Bike and Ride program click here.
If you are coming from the western suburbs of Evanston, the Pace busses that serve downtown Evanston all have bike carriers.
  • Pace bus routes to Davis St. Evanston with Sunday service are the 208 and 250. Both routes stop at the Davis St. CTA station. From the station go a half block north to Church St., then 6 blocks east to Sheridan Rd. The Dawes Park entrance is right there.
  • Pace Route Information click here.
  • 208 - serves Skokie and Niles via Golf Rd. & Church St.
  • 250 - serves Skokie, Morton Grove and Des Plaines via Dempster St.
 EBC thanks the following for their support: