Explore the most popular dog friendly 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
7 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.

Great view of the city just too many people

mountain biking
10 months ago

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

Great City.

road biking
11 months ago

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).

The scenery is great

road biking
11 months ago


I never get tired of being on this trail

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

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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Great trail, easy walk

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.

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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Amazing !!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

So much to see and do!!! Never gets old.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Sunday, July 05, 2015

Very crowded trail, but you have a beautiful view.

Nice paved trail along the river.

road biking
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Very nice path. It can get crowded later in the day, but first thing in the morning, it's great.

road biking
Thursday, March 08, 2012

The South Shore trail is without a doubt some of the best biking in the city - a lot of curves mean its more fun to ride fast, and it is no where near as crowded as the North side trail. Spectacular views, beautiful but empty beaches, and if you go far enough South, smoked fish is waiting at the end of the trail!

road biking
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mountain biking
22 days ago

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