Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

This used to be my running trail! Super crowded if the weather is nice, but hit the trail before 7 am and it’s almost entirely yours. Great for running, walking, biking, or rollerblading.

Not much to look at but a great dog park!

trail running
6 months ago

Small trails but link with city street or sidewalk runs and Grant park trails or lakefront make perfect starting point. But run off times to avoid crowds. Great city views. Parking garage beneath the park is perfect... or park along lakefront up north at Montrose harbor for a longer run down to Grant Park area.

7 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 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).

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Nice route when there isn't too many people! A nice taste of the city life and it's sky scrapers and concludes with a beautiful scene of Lake Michigan.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A nice walk in downtown, people, buildings

Monday, August 22, 2016

Another good urban trail, love walking in the city

Great walk in the city. Lots to see and do! Love the pier

It was a crowded summer day when we walked this one but was a good walk. Plenty to see and some great views of Chicago architecture.

I started from Lincoln Park, walked the Magnificent Mile to the Navy Pier and then followed the lake shore trail all the way back to the Field Museum. The scenery was wonderful.

Best way to see Downtown Chicago is by walking through it. Recently I visited the Field Museum and I wanted to explore Downtown Chicago. So I followed the Columbus and walked toward Downtown, around the Millenium Park, I turned to the River Walk, and then back to the Michigan Ave. Finally I arrived at the Lincoln Park. The walk was nice and it allowed me to see the Chicago at the street level.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Nice little walk through Chicago, can't really call it a trail though.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

You can ramble about the Loop downtown area, but the best walk is one led by a docent from the Chicago Architectural Foundation. They even lead tours from river boats. The city itself is a museum of various excellent styles of styles.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

I miss Navy Pier. It is a fake, but great, ocean view with sail boats, yachts, lighthouses, crashing waves, and an eclectic mix of people.

I agree with other reviewers that is not really a "trail" in a hiking sense but walking in this part of Chicago is interesting and worth the walk.

Great views, easy walk.

Very nice view and fun if you're not from town, but I wouldn't necessarily consider this an actual hike. Great architecture thought.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tourists clog this place every summer. Buying junk they could get at home. You want to hike? Go down to the lake shore. This walk will not be relaxing or fun.

I love the Magnificent Mile because it takes you from Downtown Chicago to Navy Pier. Plus, their is plenty of shops along the way and lovely scenery as well.

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