Start Line / Finish Festival

Baker Demonstration School
201 Sheridan Road
Wilmette, IL 60091

What To Expect at the Start

Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled start to grab coffee and light breakfast, do some stretching, pick up your packet (if you haven’t already), and check any personal items at the complimentary gear check. This is NOT a rolling start- you will need to be on the course at your designate start time.

What to Expect at the Finish Festival

When you arrive back to the finish you will be treated like a queen! Enjoy complimentary cocktails and beer, lunch, spa services, shopping, music and more. Our lively one-of-a-kind finish festival is the highlight of the event and will feature unique local vendors, bike maintenance workshops, and wellness treatments in addition to all the great freebies mentioned above. Plan to enjoy the festival for at least an hour post-ride, or hang out with us all day- you have certainly earned it!

Parking

We encourage you to carpool, ride your bike(!) or have someone drop you off. Participant parking will be available in surrounding neighborhoods and is subject to local parking regulations. Pay parking is available at North Shore University Evanston Hospital (1000 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201). We will have bike parking and a gear check tent where you can leave bags during the event. There is also a rider drop off area north of the school on Maple Ave.

Public Transportation

Bikes are allowed on both Metra and CTA all day on weekends so ditch your car and ride the Metra or CTA to Venus de Miles. If traveling by the CTA’s “L” purple line train, take the Central or Linden stops and ride the extra 0.6 miles to Baker Demonstration School. If traveling by Metra, take the UP-N/Union Pacific North line to the Central Metra Stop which is approximately 1.3 miles from Baker Demonstration School.

Bring Your Friends & Family

Our finish festival is a celebration of sisterhood and the people that support you! All riders receive complimentary lunch, cocktails, spa services, and more. We encourage you to bring your partner, kids, parents, sisters, friends, co-workers and soulmates to join in the fun too! Access to the festival and our fabulous vendors is complimentary, or purchase a $10 wristband for your supporters to gain access to food and drinks as well.