One of Chicago's most beautiful assets, its expansive shoreline, is on display in its full glory from the Lakefront Trail.
An impressive 18-mile-long stretch, Chicago's Lakefront Trail is a paved path that extends from Ardmore Street (5800 N. Sheridan Road) on the North Side to 71st Street (7100 S. South Shore Drive) on the South Side.
Run, walk, bike or rollerblade with the blue waters of Lake Michigan to one side and gorgeous, green parks to the other. There's so much to soak in in addition to the skylines views — pass by peaceful boat harbors, serene nature sanctuaries, bustling boardwalks and more. Along the trail are parks, beaches and gardens; recreation areas including playgrounds, soccer fields, volleyball nets and tennis courts; and amenities like washrooms, drinking fountains and concession stands.
Go on urban trek as you traverse through several lakefront neighborhoods including Edgewater, Uptown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, South Loop, Bronzeville and Hyde Park — or just pick a spot off the trail to relax and enjoy the cityscape.
- Pedestrians have the right of way
- Wear protective gear while biking or skating
- At night, wear highly visible, reflective materials
- Signal to others and always pass on the left
- Before entering the trail, look both ways and yield to oncoming traffic
- If you need to stop for any reason, do so on the side of trail, allowing others to proceed
- Don't bike or skate while wearing headphones or under the influence of alcohol
(Trail Safety Tips courtesy of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation)
ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE TRAIL