Explore the most popular beach trails in Illinois with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful all year round!

Amazing scenery and good
Place for fishing and running too! Love the geese!

road biking
5 months ago

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.

It was bit overgrown in places but it was a beautiful trail.

Great view of the city just too many people

Great trail, very cool rock formations. Trail was very easy to follow. Not sure why it's rated as hard, one of the easier hikes around.

Trail has sandy parts and dirt/stone parts. Nice mix of sun and shade with benches located throughout for rest stops. A beautiful array of insects but surprisingly I didn't see or get bitten by a single mosquito. Nice variety of flowers in all areas. Public restrooms are located at both trailheads and there is access to the beach from Dunes trail. I loved both of these trails and will definitely be back!

trail running
7 months ago

Easy running. Great scenery.

8 months ago

Very pretty spot for a hike. Not difficult to navigate and has other great spots around to hike.

No markers for directions but beautiful hike. The trail can get confusing when it gets close to the trail that it is connected to.

Unfortunately this trail is closed on the Fort Sheridan side. We decide to walk around the historically side of Fort Sheridan. We parked on the street. walked along some of the paths, read the historical markers, walked across the grass. When we returned to our car we just got there in time to talk to the police officer whom informed us there is no street parking with a permit. There are a few signs that say that but they are widely spaced out. The officer was gracious and allowed us to pass. When I asked him is there a place for the public to park he didn't give me a conclusive answer.

mountain biking
8 months ago

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

The scenery is great

road biking
9 months ago


I never get tired of being on this trail

smaller dog excerise park but offers water, path, and open area.

No dogs allowed on the beach, sidewalk was covered with glass, but the view is very nice.

Took the high trail and it was well maintained, paved and my little one could be pushed in his car all the way around! Great spot!

10 months ago

The lake views are gorgeous, and it's a really nice walk. Not so great if you want something challenging.

we walked along the beach here up as close as we could get to the power plant. the walk was nice but not a whole lot to see as far as nature goes.

Love this trail: started at rim rock took middle trai (Indian rock wall) 0.8 mile. descended down into lower trails. Ended up walking the beaver trail ox lot cave; a small campground is further down the trail. Some of most beautiful rock formations that I have ever seen. Came back through and took a dif trail to get back to my vehicle. Which ended up being the trail to the right that starts at rim rock.

Not sure why this trail is rated as hard. It's fairly easy walking, just watch your step I did see several snakes. The rocks can be slippery.

road biking
10 months ago

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.

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

Dogs seem to love it and owners are all very respectful of the trail.

11 months ago

My favorite route to walk and/or jog. I prefer to take this route when there aren't too many people. Otherwise, great for a solo trip or with friends and family!

not too much to explore but was a nice walk!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

the pinacle in city waterfront usage.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This trail is one of our favorites

Monday, February 13, 2017

the trail that is in the app is only gravel and on a sunny day offers no shade. but if you go down some there is a bridge section that is about a mile each way, and down by the barrels there is some remote trails for hiking.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Very scenic trail with lots of cool rock formations to explore. Started/ended at Rim Rock, multiple routes in the Rim Rock area

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