Update: The Lakefront Trail will reopen to the public on Monday, June 22. The trail will be open for walking, running, biking or rollerblading from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. All parks west of Lake Shore Drive are now open; beaches and parks east of Lake Shore Drive will remain closed.
Chicago’s scenic Lakefront Trail is an 18-mile paved path that follows the Lake Michigan shoreline on the city’s eastern edge. It extends from Ardmore Street (5800 N. Sheridan Rd) on the north side to 71st Street (7100 S. South Shore Drive) on the south side, traversing a number of stunning lakefront neighborhoods, including Edgewater, Uptown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, South Loop, Bronzeville, and Hyde Park.
Things to do on Chicago’s Lakefront Trail
No matter how you travel the trail, you can take in Lake Michigan’s blue waters to one side and a combination of lush parks and dramatic skyline views to the other. The trail passes through and connects Chicago’s four major lakefront parks along with various beaches, cultural institutions, and recreational amenities.
Here’s a few activities you can do on the Lakefront Trail:
- South Shore Beach
- Jackson Park and Garden of the Phoenix
- Promontory Point
- 31st Street Harbor
- Northerly Island
- Grant Park
- Maggie Daley Park
- Ohio Street Beach
- Oak Street Beach
- North Avenue Beach
- Lincoln Park Zoo
- Belmont Harbor
- Montrose Beach
- Foster Beach
Check out our Chicago beach guide for more.
The trail also offers easy access to a variety of waterfront dining options:
- The Dock at Montrose Beach
- Shore Club
- Caffe Olivia
- Del Campo Taco Stand
- Lake Shore Cafe
- The Parrot Cage
Check out a few of the attractions you can stop at along the Lakefront Trail:
- South Shore Cultural Center
- Museum of Science and Industry
- McCormick Place
- Soldier Field
- Chicago’s Museum Campus
- Navy Pier
- Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Please note that many attractions and museums remain closed due to COVID-19, make sure to check before heading out.
The Lakefront Trail is open 24 hours a day, but the parks and beaches along the path close at 11 p.m. View a map of the Lakefront Trail.
- 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)