Three bike tours and one walking tour of notable Evanston places have been planned by Design Evanston for this summer and fall. The spots on each tour are featured in the book, “Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places” published by Design Evanston in 2013. All tours will last approximately 1.5 hours and will be led by four of the book’s authors.
Bike riders must wear a helmet and are encouraged to bring a water bottle. Ride pace between stops will be “relaxed” or “casual” (10-12 mph). Ride leaders will take the group back to the start. Participants on the walking tour, co-sponsored by the Evanston History Center, will also return to the start.
Laura Saviano will lead the 3-mile South Evanston bike tour, which will begin at 10 a.m. on June 14 at the north end of Lee Street beach. The 4-mile lakeside bike tour, to be led by Jack Weiss, will “pedal off” at 10 a.m. on July 12 from the west gateway of Calvary cemetery. On Sept. 27, Heidi Hoppe will lead the 4-mile North Evanston bike tour from parking lot #4, Central Street at Stewart Avenue.
There will also be two walking tours of downtown Evanston, one on Oct. 4 and the other Oct. 18. Led by Kris Hartzell, each 2-mile tour will begin at 10 a.m. at Fountain Square.
Light refreshments will be provided at the end of each tour. The cost for each bike tour is $10 per person and for the walking tour, $20 per person, payable (cash/check) at the start of the tour. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours are limited to 20 people.
Books will be available for purchase ($15 cash/check only) after each tour.