Chicago Lakefront Trail

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Located east of Lakeshore Drive, the Chicago Lakefront Trail is an 18.5-mile linear park along Lake Michigan that includes beaches, volleyball courts, playgrounds, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and soccer fields. The trail unites a variety of neighborhoods, including South Shore, Hyde Park, Lincoln Park and Lake View, and serves as both a recreational and transportation resource.

The Chicago Lakefront Trail also provides direct access to a number of amenities popular with locals and tourists alike, and thus is often crowded on warm days. Some of the notable cultural landmarks along the way include: the Museum of Science and Industry; the Field Museum of Natural History; Shedd Aquarium; Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum; the Chicago Children’s Museum; the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; and the South Shore Cultural Center.

Other popular destinations along the trail include Lincoln Park and its famous zoo; Soldier Field (home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears); McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America; the sprawling Burnham, Grant and Jackson parks; and Belmont and Monroe harbors.

Chicago’s Navy Pier, home to the Chicago Shakespeare Museum and the famous Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, is probably the most congested point on the trail, but is well worth a visit.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at nearly all of the parks along the trail, on city streets and at paid parking garages. Note that it will be difficult to find free parking during peak times, such as on warm weekend days.


Excellent Ride

   September, 2016 by rejoice365

I've been riding the Lakefront ride for quite some time. I've always had a great ride even during construction. Maybe it's because I generally go early or mid-day. However, I occasionally ride with a group at 6pm. Sometimes we encounter swarms of people more

Trail Closures and Mile Markers

   July, 2016 by daghome

I live right at Addison and Lake Shore with easy, daily access to the trails. Myself and a hundred others get up at the crack of dawn and bike the trails. I've lost 20 lbs.! Currently sections of the trail are being resurfaced. Thanks! But the notices more

views and crowds

   July, 2016 by leftybiker

Yes, there are crowds near Navy Pier...Just go slow if crowded. If you want to avoid the crowds, then go early in the morning and don't go on the weekends. The "power" bikers are dangerous. But...that being said, the views are spectacular. You'll want more