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Chicago Lakefront Trail

EASY 80 reviews
#1 of 3 trails in

Chicago Lakefront Trail is a 17.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Chicago, Illinois that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

17.6 miles
285 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


road biking

trail running


bird watching






city walk

2 months ago

Beautiful scenery, perfect for families & various fitness levels.

5 months ago

It’s an awesome walk, just watch out for the bicycles those guys move really fast.

6 months ago

The prettiest trail af all...but unfortunately a lot of ppl, so be careful.

7 months ago

Didn't walk the full trail but this is an amazing way to get around outside of the city streets if you don't mind walking.

trail running
7 months ago

Scenic flat concrete trail next to Lake Michigan. Can be warm later in the day so I recommend early morning running. You can meet the River Walk as part of your run.

road biking
8 months ago

The best way to discover the beauty of Chicago’s skyline and Lake Michigan! If you’re a local or out of town tourist, I recommend this to anyone who would like to run or bike towards the heart of downtown or their first time in Chicago.

road biking
8 months ago

Beat to do on a weekday as the park gets crowded with beachgoers and tourists, especially around Navy Pier. The flyover at the pier is running way behind schedule, now estimated for sometime in 2019.

9 months ago

Crowd is the only reason to avoid. Excellent for recreation.

mountain biking
9 months ago

gorgeous view. it can be crowded. the views of the city are well worth it

road biking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

I've wanted to bike along Lake Michigan for years and we finally did it yesterday. It was everything I'd wanted. The path is well-used but not overcrowded. The views are amazing the entire way. We went from north of Irving Park all the way down to the museum campus. Terrific outing.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Great view of the city just too many people

mountain biking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Busy at times but well worth the number of people for the views of the lake & city!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The scenery is great

road biking
Monday, June 05, 2017


Sunday, June 04, 2017

I never get tired of being on this trail

road biking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Best biking trail in Chicago. South of Soldier Field is the best part of the trail with fewer people and more trees. The views of downtown from Promontory point are incredible.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

It has such an amazing view and enough space for joggers, bikers and walking pets.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

the pinacle in city waterfront usage.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Running trail with paved path and many drinking fountains

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Great trail for a large city. However it is definitely not a trail you would take for solitude. Bicyclists and joggers are plentiful.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Great trail, easy walk

Friday, August 19, 2016

Love this path along the lake!! Lots of people, but you can get down to the water from sections of the trail.

Monday, July 04, 2016

This is a really enjoyable biking trail with lake views and park. Flat surface, not overly traffic, in the city but without the crowds.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Amazing !!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

So much to see and do!!! Never gets old.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Sunday, July 05, 2015

Very crowded trail, but you have a beautiful view.

road biking
Thursday, March 08, 2012

The South Shore trail is without a doubt some of the best biking in the city - a lot of curves mean its more fun to ride fast, and it is no where near as crowded as the North side trail. Spectacular views, beautiful but empty beaches, and if you go far enough South, smoked fish is waiting at the end of the trail!

7 days ago

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