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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.
Register online at before September 15th
or use Printable Registration Form before September 11th.
Register at the ride September 18th.
There is a $20 discount for registering online or by mail
until August 15 and a $10 discount afterwards.

at Clark Street and Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL
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, Wisconsin. On your way back 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.
All North Shore Century rides begin and end in Evanston at the Clark Street Beach House. The Clark Street Beach start and finish area is located near Clark 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 by 9 a.m. All others may register until 11 am, at which time registration closes. Routes close at 6 pm.


The fee is $30 before August 16th if you register online or your registration form and payment is postmarked before August 16th. After that the fee is $40 online or mail in or $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. No mail-in registration after September 11th. No online registrations after September 15th.  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 before September 15th or use the Printable Registration Form before September 11th.


at Church Street and Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL
Click for Driving Directions or Map.
Registration begins at 6:00 am. on the day of the ride. Century riders must register by 9:00 am. All others may register until 11:00 am, at which time registration closes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Link to maps of the approximate NSC 2014 route (the 2016 route will be similar but has not yet been completed):
For those who preregister through the we will send out a link to KML files (suitable for loading into a GPS) and PDF files of the NSC 2016 route a few days before the ride.

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

Paying it forward     
Every year we donate a large portion of the funds raised by the ride to local, national and international organizations and agencies that promote safe, fun bicycling.

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 (1 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.
  • 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 1½ blocks north to Clark St and then 6 blocks East to Clark Street Beach.
  • Pace Route Information click here.
  • 208 - serves Skokie and Niles via Golf Rd. to Old Orchard, Golf Mill
  • 250 - serves Skokie, Morton Grove and Des Plaines via Dempster St.

EBC thanks the following for their support: