Bobolink Meadow Trail

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Jackson Park

Bobolink Meadow Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chicago, Illinois that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers


city walk

historic site

The Bobolink Meadow is an actively managed Chicago Park District Nature Area in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side. The northern portion of the meadow is being managed to create a native woodland habitat, and the open southern area is managed to create a tall grass prairie habitat.

28 days ago

Speed hiked on the west (grassy) side of Lake Shore Drive (not the concrete/beach side), between 67th Jeffrey (Jackson Park) and 47th Street (Hyde Park), which covers part of the Bobolink Meadow Trail. This side is less traveled, with relatively no foot paths alongside the Drive. 70% of my workout was on grass and not on any trail. Total mileage was 6.6 mi @ 15:25/mi pace on flat terrain. It was a clear, sunny day. This side gives an all-encompassing, fuller perspective of lakefront beaches, parking, Jackson Park harbors and lagoons, golf courses, driving range, exercise park for dogs, tennis courts, and the museum — not noticed in detail when driving in either direction. All Jackson Park attractions are accessible by foot within a 1.5-mile radius after parking. Beyond Jackson Park (north of 57th Street, ending at 47th Street) is a detailed view of local lodging and businesses along the Drive — this is the lakefront side of Hyde Park. Lodging is available less than a mile from the museum and Jackson Park. Hyde Park has it’s own attractions on the lakefront, and further inland, all within walking distance from lodging. This turned out to be an appreciable speed hike in a way that I had not expected. It was a great outing. If only there were foot trails it would be near perfect (4 out of 5 stars). No photos.

bird watching
4 months ago

Sun Mar 18 2018

Not much to look at but a great dog park!

bird watching
2 months ago

8 months ago

Sat Aug 12 2017