Le Tour de Shore is a 2-day, 100 mile charity recreational bike ride from Chicago to New Buffalo, MI benefiting Arts for Kids at Maywood Fine Arts.


Maywood Fine Arts

The mission of Maywood Fine Arts is to provide affordable, quality arts and fitness education that will enrich and transform the lives of children and their families in Maywood and surrounding communities. Maywood Fine Arts began in 1979 with one couple, Ernie & Lois Baumann, and their dream to open a vibrant center of arts activity in Maywood.

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Le Tour de Shore History

In early 2004, after ten years of driving cars to family vacations in Union Pier, Michigan, goods friends and average cyclists, Lois and Ernie Baumann, and Kay and Steve Coughlin, challenged each other to ride their bicycles from Chicago to Michigan. So, in June 2004, with scant maps and no cue sheet, our baby boomer foursome discovered  a 2-day scenic adventure. The thrill of this accomplishment (plus saddle sore amnesia) inspired the creation of Le Tour de Shore, a Charity Bike Ride from Chicago-to-Michigan.

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Route (Google Maps)

This year's route starts with a stroll and photo op through Millennium and Maggie Daley Parks...and ends at City Beach New Buffalo, Michigan. 

(Open the above interactive map to see the route, SAG stops, preferred motels, and campground.)