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.

paved the whole way, and interacts with major roads in several places. granted, that’s about as woodsy as it gets this deep into the suburbs. can be somewhat busy but never too crowded. excellent for biking. can also be supplemented by the very pretty trail around the lagoon, which also passes by the botanic gardens if you want to make a day trip out of it

walking
16 hours 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
16 hours 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.

trail running
19 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

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

road biking
10 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
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

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

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.

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.

walking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Amazing !!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Nice

walking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

Very crowded trail, but you have a beautiful view.

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