Explore the most popular 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.

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A must go in Chicago, especially great at night. The riverwalk is now complete so you can walk all the way from Michigan Ave around Wacker. The views are great, you can stop and have lunch, dinner or a drink at and in the night sky, the building lights are one of the best views in all of Chicago. Easy walking path with stairs, ramps and elevators for easy access.

walking
1 month ago

Touristy trek that has great views of the lake and city skyline.

Good outdoor space for going museum-to-museum/etc with city skyline views and the lake!

Nice views of the city skyline and lake as others have referenced.

walking
1 month ago

Nice tourist stop in the city. You get what is expected here.

walking
2 months ago

It’s an awesome walk, just watch out for the bicycles those guys move really fast.

walking
2 months ago

Loved this little spot! One of the few in the city that feels like an oasis! Trails are easy and paved, but the nature is very beautiful. Lots of butterflies, wildlife, a lovely little lake/pond, and tons of wildflowers! Stunning little place. As good as it gets in Chicago, that’s for sure!

The prettiest trail af all...but unfortunately a lot of ppl, so be careful.

great city trail!!

Nice view on the City

Go in the morning on a weekday, and you'll nearly have this area to yourself! Enjoy the many moods of Lake Michigan, great views of the city, and plenty of swamp and water birds

Beautiful views of the city. A great urban trail

Beautiful views of Lake Michigan!

walking
3 months ago

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

walking
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

walking
3 months ago

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

walking
3 months 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
4 months ago

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

trail running
4 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 months ago

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

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