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Beautiful views of Lake Michigan!

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
1 day ago

Neat park with a lot of great art and music. Very crowded though.

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
1 day ago

Crowded and commercial, still gives you good flavor and nice sites.

walking
1 day ago

Nice trail to walk right by the river, can watch the boats pass and see the historic city.

walking
1 day 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.

Walked this trail a lot as a tourist. Fantastic trail with so many sights to see, from grand buildings to Lake Michigan.

road biking
19 days ago

Nice on Sunday; just enough people to wind through but not too many!

trail running
20 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.

Really fun walk. Great Chicago architecture, river, restaurants, people watching. Great for photography too.

road biking
1 month ago

Great trail, but it can get crowded.

Nice running trail. Plenty of shaded sections, great for running in a hot sunny day

just a reminder that there are no restrooms anywhere so be prepared.

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.

There’s many entrances to the 606.

on Navy Pier Walk

hiking
2 months ago

It's a walk on a pier, in the middle of a big city, with lots of commercial establishments for dining, drinking and boat tours. For an urban scene and people watching, it's a nice stroll.

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

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.

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail with restaurants and bars lining the majority of the trail. A great place to appreciate the beautiful architecture that Chicago has to offer.

Not much to look at but a great dog park!

trail running
9 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.

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.

Yes! This is The 606 :)

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.

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