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

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hiking
6 days ago

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!

Nice little walkabout in the city

This walk can take you to so many different sights it’s worth it. But if you’re staying in this path get on the centennial wheel.

hiking
muddy
off trail
28 days ago

road biking
28 days 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.

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..

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful scenery, perfect for families & various fitness levels.

If you like mud, this is for you. It hasn’t rained in over a week and the river water level is low, but the trail is still mostly mud. There are many down and dead trees throughout. One of my kids said it reminds him of a scene from a horror movie so not the most enjoyable nature scene either. Perhaps if the trail were completely frozen it may be more enjoyable but there was so much mud we took the main road back, despite the lack of a sidewalk to do so.

Closed for “improvements” at Columbus access stairs

Nice n easy

A must go in Chicago, especially great at night. The riverwalk is now complete so you can walk all the way from Michigan Ave around Wacker. The views are great, you can stop and have lunch, dinner or a drink at and in the night sky, the building lights are one of the best views in all of Chicago. Easy walking path with stairs, ramps and elevators for easy access.

walking
5 months ago

Touristy trek that has great views of the lake and city skyline.

Good outdoor space for going museum-to-museum/etc with city skyline views and the lake!

Nice views of the city skyline and lake as others have referenced.

walking
5 months ago

Nice tourist stop in the city. You get what is expected here.

walking
6 months ago

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

walking
6 months ago

Loved this little spot! One of the few in the city that feels like an oasis! Trails are easy and paved, but the nature is very beautiful. Lots of butterflies, wildlife, a lovely little lake/pond, and tons of wildflowers! Stunning little place. As good as it gets in Chicago, that’s for sure!

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

great city trail!!

Nice view on the City

Go in the morning on a weekday, and you'll nearly have this area to yourself! Enjoy the many moods of Lake Michigan, great views of the city, and plenty of swamp and water birds

Beautiful views of the city. A great urban trail

Beautiful views of Lake Michigan!

walking
8 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.

walking
8 months ago

Neat park with a lot of great art and music. Very crowded though.

walking
8 months ago

Crowded and commercial, still gives you good flavor and nice sites.

walking
8 months ago

Nice trail to walk right by the river, can watch the boats pass and see the historic city.

walking
8 months ago

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.

Walked this trail a lot as a tourist. Fantastic trail with so many sights to see, from grand buildings to Lake Michigan.

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