Explore the most popular birding 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.

trail running
16 days ago

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
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

Nice nature walk near Rosehill Cemetery. Good for moderate hiking or running but ok for a bit of biking just watch out that some of trails can go in different places and turns can be blocked by the overgrown plants.

road biking
1 month ago

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
2 months ago

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

trail running
2 months ago

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!

mountain biking
2 months ago

gorgeous view. it can be crowded. the views of the city are well worth it

Not much to look at but a great dog park!

road biking
9 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.

walking
10 months ago

The prairies are beautiful and so is the board walk. Most of the paths are paved, which is good for wheelchairs and strollers, but not for hiking.

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!

walking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Great City.

road biking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

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).

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

walking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

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.

The 2 mile portion we walked was just that "a walk" - not a hike. The description says it follows the river but it doesn't mention it also follows the constant traffic in McCormick Rd. We were looking for a hike in a more woodsy area. The path does share a nice bike trail.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

the pinacle in city waterfront usage.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Running trail with paved path and many drinking fountains

Thursday, November 03, 2016

I got rubbed in this location, so sad because love the trail. They destroy my doors to get in, when to the trunk of the car and got everything from my car, computer bag, my personal bag and everything. I will think twice to go again. So sad

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Very nice trail. truly loved the dog park on the beach. Had never seen anything like that before. Watching all the dogs play was an amazing site to see.

hiking
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.

walking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Great trail, easy walk

walking
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.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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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.

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