Kenosha Wisconsin or Bust!

Excerpted from Wikipedia:

Kenosha (play /kənˈʃə/) is a city and the county seat of Kenosha County in the State of Wisconsin in United States. With a population of 99,218 as of May 2011,[4] Kenosha is the fourth-largest city in Wisconsin. Kenosha is also the fourth-largest city on the western shore of Lake Michigan, following ChicagoMilwaukee, and Green Bay. Kenosha lies on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, 32 miles (51 km) south of Milwaukee and 50 miles north of Chicago. Kenosha is part of the U.S. Census Bureau‘s Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.[5] It is heavily tied to both the Milwaukee metropolitan area and the Chicago metropolitan area. Many residents work in nearby cities of Waukegan, Illinois and Racine, Wisconsin.

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Summary

Kenosha Harbor Lighthouse

Kenosha is an upscale city to the southeast of Milwaukee with a beautiful lakefront community just on the outskirts of town to the south. The heart of the business district is filled with town homes that line the main boulevard leading over to the harbor area. We watched the well-heeled folks walking dogs past the Harborside Common Grounds cafe where we sat a drank our coffees before heading south to the Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL.

You can bike to this area from as far away as the Caldwell Woods F.P. in Chicago, IL. I’ve done most of this journey by bicycle in years past when a century ride (~100 miles) with the Elmhurst Bicycle Club departed from this forest preserve and traveled all the way to the Southport Park along the lakefront just south of the downtown district.

There are several museums and municipal buildings worth visiting plus a vibrant shopping district. And to the north of the town is the scenic campus of Carthage College. The cycling environment is robust and frankly while we sat and drank our coffee we saw riders come and go on their bicycles (including one on a Sun EZ-Sport). There was also a fellow who rode up on a Cannondale Touring Bike with a 26-inch rear wheel mated to the front 700c! It was not visually objectionable but to anyone used to seeing two same-sized wheels on this bike it was at the very least noticeable.

We covered both side of the harbor before heading back towards Chicago. The sunlight was marvelous today and the temperatures crisp and cool. Next time we visit I want to make images of the rows of town homes and the municipal buildings south of the downtown district.