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Professional cycling rolls into downtown Evanston on Sunday with the third annual NorthShore University HealthSystem Grand Prix.

The all-day event starts with amateur races at 9 a.m. wrapping up with a kid’s race at 3:15 p.m.

The pro races start with a women’s 50 kilometer race at 4 p.m. followed by a 100 kilometer men’s race at 5:30 p.m.

Along the way there’ll also be live music from the Roots Rock Society and dancing at 4:15 p.m.

The action centers around Fountain Square, which serves as the start and finish line for the 9-tenths of a mile course.

Racers will head south from the square on Sherman Avenue, east on Grove Street, north on Chicago Avenue, west on Davis Street, north on Orrington Avenue, west on Clark Street, and then south again on Sherman to complete the circuit.

Streets near the route will be closed to auto traffic and cars will be rerouted from Lake Street to Hinman Avenue to Clark Street. But restaurants will be open, with some offering race specials and sidewalk seating to view the event.

Cycling fans can get a chance to meet some of the pro riders at a pre-race party from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Turin Bicycle, 1027 Davis Street.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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