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Chicago Lakefront Trail

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Gold Coast, Chicago
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  • ToryBurch
    "The best way to see the city skyline."(3 Tips)
    Noah A.
    "Beautiful trail."(3 Tips)
    Keith L.
    "out at the water — much quieter and no bikers"(7 Tips)
    Igor B.
    "Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary"(3 Tips)
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  • Kacie D.
    Kacie Dreiling1 week ago
    The most bike friendly city we have been to! The Lakefront Trail was our favorite part of Chicago. If visiting, either bring your own bike to the city, or rent some bikes and explore the Lakefront!
  • Bill P.
    Bill PeelerMay 19
    Been here 10+ times
    Gorgeous views of the best city in the world.
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!April 22
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy Earth Day🌎
  • Ninah R.
    Really nice trail for walking/running, biking. Pretty busy when the weather is nicer. Also goes by a number of nice parks and beaches
  • Peggy L.
    Peggy LiMarch 19
    Great for flat and scenic runs, both short and long distances. No traffic lights, but watch out for construction dead ends.
  • Keith L.
    Keith LeaDecember 3, 2016
    It's pretty, but for running I prefer to be out at the water — much quieter and no bikers
  • Bernardo M.
    Bernardo MejiaNovember 25, 2016
    great place to run....
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderNovember 23, 2016
    Great way to exercise the puppy 🐶. Water taxis ⛴near museum campus were still running and a hotdog stand 🌭was still open on a mild mid-November Saturday. 🍁🍃🍂
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KNovember 8, 2016
    Beautiful views
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel Marco FernandezNovember 4, 2016
    World Champs
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsOctober 20, 2016
    Grab a rental bike and enjoy the views
  • Waleed A.
    Waleed AlkhalefahOctober 18, 2016
    Great place for walking and biking. With the magnificent view
  • Paige K.
    Paige KaliskiSeptember 23, 2016
    BEAUTIFUL. go south of the loop.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoldsworthSeptember 14, 2016
    Lovely scenic trail. Watch out for the constant stream of cyclists
  • Dana D.
    Dana DanielleSeptember 8, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    If your a runner beware of bikers! Also if the water is rough the waves could come up and knock you over.
  • Adwa A.
    Adwa AzAugust 6, 2016
    The view of Buildings from there is incredible.
  • Fatima A.
    Fatima AbdulsalamJuly 24, 2016
    Walking, biking, chilling.. all good! :)
  • Sterling W.
    Sterling WalkerJuly 15, 2016
    Great views of the lake and skyline!
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    This trail is one unique aspect that separates Chicago from other cities. Great to run and enjoy amazing views of the lake and city.
  • Brandon N.
    Brandon NidaJune 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Sweet place to ride. Wear goggles at night to avoid bugs in the eye.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelMay 8, 2016
    Can't beat the views here.
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyApril 5, 2016
    Great for running and biking, but be careful on warm summer weekends! It can get crowded.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanMarch 14, 2016
    Awesome place to run
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerMarch 9, 2016
    Beautiful on a nice warm day! Great place to relax.
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerFebruary 18, 2016
    Amazing route to run or bike. Can get very crowded though
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 1, 2015
    Good way to see the Chicago skyline. Beautiful in the morning and night.
  • Patrick T.
    Patrick ThompsonOctober 27, 2015
    The view is awesome.
  • Kinjil M.
    Kinjil MathurOctober 8, 2015
    Amazing views of the city skyline. But be careful, no railing! Have proper running shoes bc the waves from jet skiers do crash against the trail and make it slippery😬
  • SAAD
    SAADOctober 7, 2015
    I love this place! It has a great scenic view of Chicago!
  • Noah A.
    Noah AdamsSeptember 21, 2015
    Beautiful trail. Stay to the side or you'll get run over by angry bikers!
  • Nic B.
    Nic BerrySeptember 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    It's a real beauty!
  • Bill C.
    Bill CaplesAugust 16, 2015
    Beautiful walk!!
  • John H.
    John HankusJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go take a hike. On the lake front trail that is. Just stay to the right so faster moving bikes and people can easily pass. Take a break and sit by the lake.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It's #LITERALLY in my top 5 reasons to live in Chicago.
  • Vicky C.
    Vicky ChangJuly 1, 2015
    Beautiful trail
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinJune 18, 2015
    Go for a run and get hot. Then jump in the water to instantly cool off (and I do mean instantly).
  • Vera B.
    Vera BowmanJune 16, 2015
    Chicago Lakefront Trail, Check out Freebie, its awesome! Read more
  • Wynne J.
    Wynne JacobsonMay 8, 2015
    Hey Chicago Lakefront Trail, you should join Freebie! The benefits are amazing for both you and me. Read more
  • Mark M.
    Mark ModrickerApril 20, 2015
    I did a 10 mile ride this week on the trail for the first time, it was amazing! Read more
  • Justin R.
    Justin RandMarch 31, 2015
    One of the best things about Chicago.
  • April B.
    April BayneDecember 31, 2014
    Park at Montrose and bike along the lakefront past McCormick Place. Best early morning-gets crowded after 10 on weekends.
  • Greatist
    GreatistSeptember 26, 2014
    Start on the path and run around the Shedd Aquarium, which is one of the city's most beautiful views, and through the Field Museum. Read more
  • Mike M.
    Mike MollicaSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite places in the city. Lots of good scenery (nature and people alike)
  • Matt T.
    Matt ThomasJanuary 24, 2014
    Of course you don't have to worry about being distracted in the winter unless you find snow sexy. lol
  • Matt T.
    Matt ThomasJanuary 24, 2014
    If you are a guy, the hot, bikini clad women from Oak St. to Fullerton Ave. will distract you. Be careful!!!
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SullivanNovember 17, 2013
    College Kids: Don't gain the Freshman 15 and take advantage of this gorgeous Lakefront Trail. Walk, run, or bike alone or with friends. Bonus: jump in the water afterwards!
  • Courtney G.
    Courtney GrangerOctober 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be careful when crossing the path at Montrose, Wilson and Lawrence. Bikes have the right of way, but a lot of cars don't see it that way!
  • Igor B.
    Igor BaltiyskiyOctober 10, 2013
    There's a long pier that stretches well into the lake, near Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary --- bike along the shore and you'll see it.
  • Kelcie B.
    Kelcie BeckerOctober 8, 2013
    Favorite place to run!
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanSeptember 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I often take this path, don't be surprised if you see me here... And I'll probably try to talk to you. Let's not make it awkward
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite stretch is from Ohio Street Beach to North Avenue Beach.
  • Joseph R.
    Joseph R.August 9, 2013
    Much better at night; less traffic on the path.
  • Evelyn A.
    Evelyn A.August 4, 2013
    Fantastic View...
  • Lena D.
    Lena DudaJuly 29, 2013
    The perfect skater's path. 17 miles of paved awesomeness with epic sights at every turn. Sure, a few rough spots (Mile 11-12 etc) and some crowding, but overall a fantastic workout. 9.99/10
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYJuly 24, 2013
    This paved, 18-mile path along scenic Lake Shore Drive is often packed with joggers, bike commuters and tourists alike. Read more
  • Miyeon P.
    Miyeon PreskyJuly 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be careful of birds hiding in the bushes, they will attack your head!
  • Garret L.
    Garret LuppinoJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Watch out for bikers. And walkers that take up the path.
  • Erin
    ErinJune 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget your sunscreen!
  • Deandrea B.
    Deandrea BrownJune 1, 2013
    First time checking in? I hope you enjoyed the Lake! My gosh people act like it never exist.
  • Dawon H.
    Dawon HawkinsMay 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for duck poop
  • Brian M.
    Brian MorrisseyMay 15, 2013
    Watch out for flying douchebags in tanktops and aerobars.
  • Pete C.
    Pete CassellMay 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Watch out for flying squirrels
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Photographers! Check out this Documerica photo of Calumet Park in 1973. Take a photo of the area today, share it with our State of the Environment Photo Project, and help us document the changes. Read more
  • Marsha K.
    Marsha K.April 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Stay on your right side on the trails. Pass carefully on the left.
  • Radim S.
    Radim SVOBODAMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Run in the mornings before bike commuters flood the trail, but smile at them - it's a place for everyone!
  • Audrey M.
    Audrey MorganJanuary 17, 2013
    Perfect for running because there are no stop lights and pedestrians crowding the sidewalks.
  • The Toth Team, Ann Arbor Area Real Estate Expert - Keller Williams Realty
    Great views and friendly folks who are exercising - non stop people moving and magnificent water sounds of Lake Michigan here we come!
  • Pinch R.
    Pinch ROctober 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best, hottest, and most grueling training runs while enjoying the scenic beauty of the lakefront in the summer.
  • Jesus M.
    Jesus MantecaSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Take time to slow down and look around you because few people have the privilege to have the view of the Lake and the City in such grandeur. Also, don't be an ass and smoke by runners and bikers.
  • Jack
    JackAugust 30, 2012
    Beautiful spot for a morning run
  • DJ SPEED 😄👉👌😄
    DJ SPEED 😄👉👌😄August 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    relax alil enjoy life
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJuly 24, 2012
    While the beaches close at 11p the lake shore path is open all night to people looking to bike, run, or walk... It's a great place to spend time on a beautiful night!
  • CindyLou
    CindyLouJuly 4, 2012
    What a beautiful day !!
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AndersonJune 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Great way to relieve stress and unwind!
  • Daisy M.
    Daisy MertzelJune 13, 2012
    Best view of the city skyline - riding north up the bike path, rounding the corner and BAM!
  • Jen M.
    Jen Mata-McMahonJune 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Perfect place to go for a stroll. On a sunny day the view is incredible.
  • Pam P.
    Pam PJune 7, 2012
    Watch out for bikers.
  • Gana R.
    Gana RamanMay 30, 2012
    Bring sunblock - That sun is starting to cook!
  • Audreylovingmesumkellz B.
    Best bike path
  • Erick N.
    Erick NeuMay 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are jogging, watch out for Lance Armstrong wanna be cyclists.
  • Rodney M.
    Rodney MaxMay 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to run...even for a monkey!
  • a k
    a kApril 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Early mornings before 6 are the most ideal...
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzApril 15, 2012
    Make sure to join the scores of people on the miles of trail along Lake Shore Drive to run, walk, bike or roller blade. Make sure to always have your camera ready.
  • Amy K.
    Amy KApril 6, 2012
    Great place to walk, run and bicycle! Leave the pooch at home though, someone can get hurt if the two get tangled!
  • Dorothy C.
    Dorothy CrawleyMarch 24, 2012
    Water clears your mind, body and soul
  • Sharecare
    SharecareFebruary 2, 2012
    Get the most out of your walk when you're here. Bump up your walk with these tips and techniques. Read more
  • John M.
    John MickensJanuary 3, 2012
    Watch out for dogs n shit...
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MillerDecember 19, 2011
    A path prime for runners training for a marathon. It stretches far and isn't littered with strollers and pets.
  • venessa t.
    venessa tarbellNovember 17, 2011
    A great path to jog or bike. Some bikers ride very fast on this path so be aware of the people around you.
  • Kimberly F.
    Kimberly FaehNovember 12, 2011
    Bring a windbreaker. The wind is whipping!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StrayhallOctober 9, 2011
    Beautiful views. Nothing better for a run.
  • Marsha K.
    Marsha K.October 1, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Riptide tip: If heading south toward Oak Street, turn around. If north, consider exiting through the underground tunnel. The curve between Division and Oak gets dangerous if high waves wash ashore.
  • Jen M.
    Jen Mata-McMahonSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Always packed with beautiful people!
  • Ant
    AntSeptember 18, 2011
    It's cold as hell outside right now.
  • Lee C.
    Lee CrandellSeptember 16, 2011
    Check Lakefront Trail conditions at http://www.activetrans.org/lakefront before you head out for the trail.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BrinckAugust 25, 2011
    Say hi to Spencer at the Boucher bros chairs!
  • Rachel
    RachelAugust 23, 2011
    arguably the best part about living in Chicago. biking along the lake keeps me sane.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchApril 18, 2011
    The best way to see the city skyline. Run, walk or bike along this 18-mile trail along Lake Michigan in the summer, spring, fall and winter (if you can brave those Chicago temperatures).
  • Lin Z.
    Lin ZhuApril 2, 2011
    Nice and windy
  • The Hamburgerlar
    The HamburgerlarApril 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Run for Hamburgers!!
  • Sam C.
    Sam C.October 14, 2016
    Hermosa vista para correr o caminar
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!May 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    ⛵️⚓️🌺🌸🍀🚤
  • 🌹Sun!
    🌹Sun!May 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    🎡🚢⚓️⛵️💙
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