Chicago Lakefront Trail

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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.

Distance: 17.6 miles Elevation Gain: 285 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


road biking


bird watching







city walk

road biking
no shade
1 month ago

2 months ago

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

road biking
3 months ago

Great views on busy trail

3 months ago

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

road biking
5 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Beautiful scenery, perfect for families & various fitness levels.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

Friday, August 17, 2018

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.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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
Thursday, June 28, 2018

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
Monday, June 25, 2018

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.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

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

mountain biking
Friday, May 25, 2018

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.

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