Explore the most popular Beach 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.

road biking
no shade
1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

Went in search of Chance the Snapper, but found a beautiful, historical Chicago park with amazing wildflowers, multiple recreational opportunities, and green space for everyone to enjoy. While the alligator is at large, some of the rentals aren't available and the east portion of the lagoon is closed to fishing, but the beach area, playground (with splash pad) and trails are open.

Great area around awesome museums and along the lakefront. Nice views of the city.

walking
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

Nice easy trail with good views of city

running
3 months ago

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

good for an afternoon stroll

This is a paved trail that offers stunning view of the Chicago Skyline and Lake Michigan. From the museum campus, you could walk northbound towards Navy Pier, stay there where there are lots of things to do and eat. This is a nice walk in the morning or at dusk during summertime where the heat could easily be draining. You could see Buckingham Fountain across the street along Lakeshore Drive and offers pretty lightshow from mid April through mid Oct. There’s some trees along the trail where you could relax and picnic if you get worn out however there’s some stretches where there’s none. This is a busy trail with joggers, skaters and bikers.

Nice little walkabout in the city

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.

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful scenery, perfect for families & various fitness levels.

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

walking
11 months ago

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

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

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Nice view on the City

Friday, August 31, 2018

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 Lake Michigan!

walking
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.

running
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.

walking
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

Excellent

Sunday, June 04, 2017

I never get tired of being on this trail

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