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The North Shore Channel Trail extends from the junction of Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard in northern Evanston to the junction of Lawrence Avenue and Francisco Avenue in Chicago. All but the last 0.25 mile runs alongside the North Shore Channel, a drainage and aeration canal built in 1909; the last 0.25 mile follows the North Branch of the Chicago River. For most of the way, a trail occupies both sides of the North Shore Channel.
Just north of North Lincoln Avenue (US Hwy 41), a pedestrian bridge connects the two main sections of the trail. Known as the Lincoln Village Bridge, the bridge creates a continuous route from Devon Avenue to Argyle Avenue with no street crossings.
On the west side, the paved trail runs south from Green Bay Road through a number of parks, including the City of Evanston's LADD Arboretum, to N Francisco Ave. Crossing several roads including North Lincoln Avenue (US Hwy 41), all street crossings are at grade and all crossings north of Lincoln Ave have traffic lights.
The east side trail runs south from Green Bay Road to Lyons Street (halfway between Emerson St and Church St). Then use McDaniels Avenue to Dempster Street, cutting through the playground on the west side of the grade school at McDaniels or using the alley on the east side. Dempster to Main is asphalt, Main to halfway between Main and Oakton is gravel, then asphalt the rest of the way to Oakton. One block north of Oakton you'll find a dog park; also nearby is a dock from which you can launch canoes.
The segment from Oakton to Howard is industrial and a fence prevents you from crossing under the Skokie Swift El tracks. From Howard to Lincoln you can ride down Kedzie Avenue, and from Touhy to Thillens Little League stadium one block north of Devon you'll find some fun dirt paths through the trees, if you're into mountain biking.
The paved North Shore Channel Trail continues from North Lincoln Ave to West Lawrence Ave, with one last block on North Francisco Avenue. All street crossings north of Howard are at grade level without traffic lights. From Howard to Devon there are traffic lights at the major cross streets. South of Devon, the trail goes underneath all cross streets except Argyle.
Parking is available at several locations along the route. Please view the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions. Accessible parking is available at several locations, including at the parking lot on N McCormick Blvd by the International Friendship Garden (2020 N McCormick Blvd).
Access the south end of the trail on N Francisco Ave. The north end of the trail can be accessed at two points along Green Bay Road. The trail can also be accessed from a number of the neighboring streets.
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