The Ride to Remember kicked off at about 9 a.m., with the bikers traveling from Harrison Street and Kedzie Avenue to the Gold Star Memorial by Soldier Field for a short ceremony.
The event honors Chicago police officers who have died in the line of duty and provides monetary support for their families. One thousand riders were expected to be taking part. Tickets are $35 each, with proceeds going to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
"We have given away $8.5 million to families and that has paid for education, hospital costs, support for officers in financial need during those times of crisis," said Frank Gross, director of operations for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
More than 575 men and women have died in the line of duty protecting Chicago and the Ride to Remember celebrates their lives.