Lincoln Park Trail is a 5.5 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, running, and road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 decimated much of Lincoln Park, the residents got to work rebuilding. Today, Lincoln Park is a fabulous display of Victorian architecture. Visitors to the park can also take advantage of numerous free attractions such as the Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Lincoln Park Conservatory, and Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool. Those looking to take a dip should head to North Avenue Beach where bathers report some of the warmer waters of Lake Michigan.

Parking is difficult in this crowded city neighborhood, but the area is readily accessible by cab or public transit. Cab fare from downtown is about $10. A ride on the CTA is $2.25 per person. The CTA's Red Line and Brown lines stop at Fullerton. From there take the #11 Lincoln bus southeast to Wisconsin and Lincoln. Another option from downtown is to take the 151 Sheridan bus north and get off at Wisconsin. You'll begin your tour at Lincoln Park's newest attraction, the Nature Boardwalk, and walk your way due north. If you choose to drive, parking is available at the south end of the park for a pricey $35 for 5+ hours. Prepare for walking and check the weather. This is a great urban exploration for all seasons. To walk the length of the park from North Avenue to Diversey Parkway and visit all the attractions would take several days, but you can walk its length and glimpse the major features in a day. At any point if you get tired, you can head to Clark Street, just a few blocks west, and grab a bite or a bus and head home.

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Daryl Villagomez
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Joseph Logan
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I love this trail

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Jay D
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Stacey Campbell
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Ray Spry
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Gina I
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Hiking

Long trail with great views of the city. The lake front path is crowded but we just walked on the grass most of the way. Also you can stop along the way and take in the views and even have a drink! -All in all....Great workout!

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Eric Dasse
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I walk it several times a month. I Always notice something new. It's one of the many pleasures of living in a WALKING city..

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Ian Brown
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Walking

Another fantastic trail in Chicago. This is a bit of nature set outside the city, offering a breath of fresh air with some epic views.

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Alyssa Michelle
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Pretty city and lake views! Paved parkway for bikes, rollerblades and strollers. I highly suggest looking into the 5/10k Run for the Zoo- you run this path and also through exhibits!

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Midge Hoy
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Very easy, but loved the dedicated bike lane which majority of joggers and walkers understand and obey. Lake Michigan on one side, city on other. Total of 15 miles from start of trail (north end) to Navy pier, and back. Free street parking at Lincoln Skate Park (large pay lot available also).

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Sam Karson
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Patricia McCabe
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Alex Pape
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Drew Cheatham
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Charlie Shevgert
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Marcus Hollis
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Lovedeep Saini
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Virginia Helm
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Stephanie Karpinski
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Cesar Ortiz
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Megan Hagans
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Terry Sutherland
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Patrik Andersson
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Susanna Allen
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Alex Fernandes
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Osvaldo Avila
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Maggie O’Brien
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Mike Friscia
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Matt Kuhn
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