Chicago’s Divvy service supplies rental bicycles for Chicagoans and their in-town guests. Using these bicycles, Chicagoans and/or their guests can go to five, popular museums: Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science & Industry and DuSable Museum of African-American History. In addition, such riders will get more exercise than they would if they rode in buses or on commuter trains.
The Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium are on the Museum Campus at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive. The Adler Planetarium has Realistic Style art exhibits in the forms of space shuttles, Mars rover, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. The Field Museum has Naturalism Style art exhibits representing Ancient Americas, gems and prehistoric Earth scenics. The Shedd Aquarium features live, Naturalism Style art exhibits in the forms of dolphins tumbling, coral reefs swaying and amphibians leaping or croaking.
Around the Museum Campus there are three, Divvy bike stations. One is just south of the Field Museum. One is just west of the Shedd Aquarium, and one is just west of the Adler Planetarium. The Adler Planetarium station is the farthest east. After renting bikes, riders can travel down the Lake Shore trail to the Field Museum.
Since Divvy charges extra fees for rides longer than 30 minutes, riders going to the Museum of Science & Industry should return their bikes and rent others at the 31st Street Fort Dearborn Station. (This station is approximately 75 feet west of Lakefront Trail.
After renewing their rentals, most riders can usually travel to the Museum of Science & Industry Station in 30 minutes. (Along Lakeshore Trail there are several, uphill slopes that will strain muscles.) The Museum of Science and Industry Station is in front of the museum at its west end near 57th Street.
Heretofore, by traveling along Lakeshore Trail, bicyclists mostly avoid motorized traffic. However, going from the Museum of Science & Industry to the DuSable Museum of African American History requires traveling down streets and avenues in company with automobiles, buses and probably some motorcycles. (In this area, trucks will not usually create problems for bicyclists.)
After renewing their rental on their 24-hour passes, riders should take 57th Street west to Stony Island Avenue going south. Then they should go west on Midway Plaisance through the park (This route avoids a lot of traffic.), past South Cottage Grove Avenue to Payne Drive. Payne Drive is part of Washington Park, and such bicyclists should travel north on it to East 57th Street. The DuSable Museum Station is on the east side of Payne Drive at 56th Place, just west of this museum.
Divvy memberships are $75 annually for the Pedal Plan and $125 annually for the Gear Plan. Members are still restricted to 30 minutes trips, but they can ride more than 24 hours without paying any other fees. Divvy bikes are available 24/7, but of course none of these museums are open 24/7. If traveling the aforementioned route, going inside to visit these museums allows riders to relax leg muscles before they begin their next leg.