Lakefront Trail
Lakefront Trail
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The Chicago Lakefront Bicycle Trail is roughly 22 miles of bike paths, stretching from Indiana border up to Evanston. The trail rides through many parks including Jackson Park (including U of Chicago), Grant Park (including Buckingham Fountain/Museum Campus) Millennium Park, and Lincoln Park with its Free Zoo. Plenty of beaches and bike rentals available at Bobby's Bike Hike - 540 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60611 (free maps, helmets).
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa2,402 contributions
    Beautiful views. Nice trail.
    We walked a portion of this trail from Millenium Park to the Chicago River/Michigan Avenue. It is a beautiful wide, paved trail following the lake. It was a gorgeous, sunny day the day we walked. I recommend. It was busy, even on a weekday.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Mark G
    38 contributions
    Great paved running trail
    We ran 12 km along the trail from its starting point in the north of the city to Navy Pier downtown (but you can continue for at least the same distance again). A very nice flat route on the lakeside with great views of the lake and city. It does get a little crowded in the downtown area, and remember that, like a lost of American "trails", this one has a paved rather than natural surface.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Sanna
    Finland497 contributions
    Great for a quick walk
    We only walked a small part of the Lakefront Trail (combining it to the Chicago Riverwalk) but it was great for a leisurely walk during sunset, admiring the views over Lake Michigan. It was pretty quiet and serene, water was still and geese were floating on the water. Good activity to end the day with. Loops into Millennium Park.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
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Sanna
Finland497 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We only walked a small part of the Lakefront Trail (combining it to the Chicago Riverwalk) but it was great for a leisurely walk during sunset, admiring the views over Lake Michigan. It was pretty quiet and serene, water was still and geese were floating on the water. Good activity to end the day with. Loops into Millennium Park.
Written 19 February 2024
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NorthStar02300818382
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is my favorite place to hangout for a walk or early morning run. Very nice view and a really nice walk to relax. This is a free place you can visit in Chicago. You can stop by the Buckingham Fountain or go to Navy Pier.
Written 8 February 2024
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Cathy H
Plainfield, IN17 contributions
May 2023
Watched so many boats, people, and wildlife around the water even water taxis. People enjoying picnics on blankets. Vendors selling all kinds of tempting goods.
Written 9 August 2023
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Henry’s Take
San Diego, CA115 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Trail Series, Part 18
If you’re in Chicago, Illinois and looking to combine some long distance exercise with some dynamic photo opportunities, I suggest the Lakefront Trail along Lake Michigan.

It spans nearly 20 miles and provides separate lanes for the walkers/runners and for the cyclists/skateboarders/rollerbladers. This distinction is key because while I was running there were many cyclists really barreling along. However, this presented no safety concerns because we were enjoying our various forms of exercise in entirely separate lanes.

I found the overall safety of the trail to also be good as the paths were well traveled and using them during the day (even if alone) presented no concerns. While there were a large number of people enjoying the paths (including many with leashed dogs), there weren’t so many as to prevent runners from maintaining their desired pace.

Speaking of pictures, I ran North from Navy Pier and was stunned by the view of the downtown skyline when I eventually turned around. While I’ll never take a picture as good as my friend @andreimatei, there were a couple from this run that I was pretty stoked about.

Depending on where you’re staying in downtown, getting to this trail may take a little bit of effort, but I found my investment to be entirely worth it.

And that’s…Henry’s Take.

#chicagolakefronttrail
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Written 7 August 2023
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Mark G
38 contributions
Jul 2023
We ran 12 km along the trail from its starting point in the north of the city to Navy Pier downtown (but you can continue for at least the same distance again). A very nice flat route on the lakeside with great views of the lake and city.

It does get a little crowded in the downtown area, and remember that, like a lost of American "trails", this one has a paved rather than natural surface.
Written 31 July 2023
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,402 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
We walked a portion of this trail from Millenium Park to the Chicago River/Michigan Avenue. It is a beautiful wide, paved trail following the lake. It was a gorgeous, sunny day the day we walked. I recommend. It was busy, even on a weekday.
Written 13 July 2023
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,659 contributions
May 2023
The Lakefront Trail (LFT) was originally created in 1963 as Chicago's first dedicated bike path. Over the decades it grew in popularity as both a bike and walking/jogging trail and was expanded to reach 18 miles in length along the shores of Lake Michigan stretching from W. Ardmore Ave. to the north and E 71st Street in the south.

In 2017/18, a major project was undertaken which achieved a separation of the biking trail and pedestrian trail. This would have improved the experience for all trail users tremendously. You can see LFT maps online and learn about attractions and places to visit along the trail through the ChicagoDistrictParks website.

During our recent visit to Chicago we enjoyed a morning walk along the trail from The Queen's Landing just east of Grant Park north to Navy Pier. This was a nice way to enjoy some time along Lake Michigan away from the busy streets. The walk was nice, peaceful and fairly quiet in the morning. We encountered a fair number of morning joggers, not many other walkers on the rather cold and brisk morning.
Written 29 May 2023
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN6,378 contributions
Sept 2022 • Solo
As long as the weather is decent, you really can't go wrong with this trail for running/walking/biking/rollerblading. You have beautiful lakefront views, downtown cityscapes, and the beauty of places like Navy Pier to take in as you recreate.

Safety concerns would be the only question I would have in recommending this trail. Smart practices like going out during daylight hours, working out with others, and sticking to the busiest portions of the trail should keep you safe. For all of the time I used the trail (morning and evening) there was a Chicago police presence.

I enjoyed my workouts on this trail immensely.
Written 3 April 2023
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Amanda C
Gold Coast, Australia1,670 contributions
Oct 2022
A fantastic trail area along Lake Michigan.
I walked from town to the Aquarium and Field Museum over a couple of different days and enjoyed the Autumn leaves blowing everywhere, the Canada Geese that had come to visit and getting out into the fresh air.
If I'd travelled with friends, I definitely would have hired the bikes and done some additional riding and exploring.
A great open space area for residents and visitors alike.
Written 30 October 2022
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Donnette D
La Crescent, MN21 contributions
Oct 2022
This is a nice trail along the lake. Wide sidewalks, but lots of bikes. Just make sure you are paying attention when walking this trail. Pretty views though!!!
Written 25 October 2022
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