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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.

Length 17.6 mi Elevation gain 285 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Fishing

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Lake

Paved

Views

Wildlife

City walk

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Please note that the trail from Ohio to North is closed and the beaches are not accessible (07/09/2020).

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Reviews (156)
Photos (411)
Recordings (120)
Completed (339)
Januzak Jumabek
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Road bikingNo shade
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Rita User
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Hiking

Smooth enough for Inline skating

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Tavo Diaz
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Road bikingClosedNo shade
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Wright Gatewood
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HikingFloodedWashed out

Start on the south side and work your way up! The skyline from the south is and always will be a better view and it's great to have it as your "guide to halfway" focal point through the first half of the trail. Note that the trail from Ohio to North is closed and beaches are not currently accessible. Also, wear sunscreen! You are walking in direct sunlight for almost the entirety of the trail. For a city hike, it sure is spectacular!

Joe Gillespie
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Hiking

Open as of June 28 2020

Chris Hanko
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Road bikingBridge outClosedFloodedMuddyOff trailRockyWashed out

Multiple Detours due to lake shore path closings and police barricades

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Johnny K.
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Road bikingMuddySnow
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Addie Bacon
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HikingBridge out

I was so proud of myself for doing this entire walk! I started where All Trails says the finish is (the south shore end). I’m glad I started there because it’s a sketchy neighborhood and am glad I didn’t end up there at night. I took the redline to the Metra to get to the start. A guy followed me for a couple blocks and there was no one else around. But then I lost him and found the start of the trail and everything went better from there. It is a beautiful and long walk. There gorgeous views of Chicago along the way... There are plenty of bathrooms along the way but they were ALL CLOSED for the season. So I had to find places to pee and then after about 4 hours I decided to go and walk up Broadway instead of the Lake path so I could duck into a Starbucks if I needed to along with the way... I do recommend doing it if you have a free day!!

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Sheri Meshal
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WalkingNo shade

It's a great trail I've used many times, but it can be quite busy and traffic noise is more noticeable than I like.

Joe Nace
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Road bikingNo shade
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Corbin Stokes
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Walking

Pretty path along the lakefront with nice views of the lake and the city.

David Hildner
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Road biking

Great views on busy trail

Ray Cheselka
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Running

Last run on the lakefront during my time living here. The best. Super thankful.

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Steve Nez
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Road biking

If you are a road cyclist who has the technical skill to avoid pedestrians/rabid free-ranging toddlers, joggers, tourists, crossing vehicles, and potholes, you’ll enjoy this frogger of a road trail. If you aren’t so adept, consider riding either the northerly 8 miles or the southernly 10 only. The middle is busiest, centered around Grand Ave/Navy Pier., especially on weekends 9-5.

Sunny Rae Fox
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Walking

Beautiful scenery, perfect for families & various fitness levels.

Zhangfei Rak
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Walking

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

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

Ian Brown
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Walking

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.

Shari Davis
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Running

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.

Derek Ramos
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Road biking

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.

Ted Grotkopf
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Road biking

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.

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