Chicago Lakefront Trail

Lake Michigan Lakefront (at N Lakeshore Dr), Chicago, IL 60611
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    • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
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    • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
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    • 6:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 7:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
    • 1:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 6:00 AM–8:00 AM
    • 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
    • 2:00 PM–8:00 PM
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People talk about:

  • "... living in Chicago. biking along the lake keeps me sane." (3 tips)
  • "... people on the miles of trail along Lake Shore Drive to run, walk, bike or roller..." (2 tips)
  • "... packed with joggers, bike commuters and tourists alike." (2 tips)
  • ToryBurch

    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).

    ToryBurch · April 18, 2011
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  • Dorothy C.

    Water clears your mind, body and soul

    Dorothy C. · March 24, 2012
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  • Rachel

    arguably the best part about living in Chicago. biking along the lake keeps me sane.

    Rachel · August 23, 2011
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  • USA TODAY

    This paved, 18-mile path along scenic Lake Shore Drive is often packed with joggers, bike commuters and tourists alike. Read more

    USA TODAY · July 24, 2013
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  • Angie K.

    Jog going south if you like seeing shirtless, hot bods.

    Angie K. · September 15, 2010
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  • Jeff K.

    go early or go late to avoid serious congestion

    Jeff K. · March 8, 2010
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  • Radim S.

    Run in the mornings before bike commuters flood the trail, but smile at them - it's a place for everyone!

    Radim S. · March 29, 2013
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  • venessa t.

    A great path to jog or bike. Some bikers ride very fast on this path so be aware of the people around you.

    venessa t. · November 17, 2011
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  • Jen

    Keep in mind to never run more than two people wide, and if you are on a bike, SLOW DOWN around crowds and shout "left" while passing pedestrians on the left hand side.

    Jen · June 20, 2010
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  • Michael M.

    Most days between Fullerton and North Ave this place is a zoo.

    Michael M. · March 10, 2010
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  • Rachel S.

    Beautiful views. Nothing better for a run.

    Rachel S. · October 9, 2011
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  • Downtown D.

    You will most certainly be using this path on 9/10/11 if you're participating in @dtdash!

    Downtown D. · September 6, 2011
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  • Brent K.

    Make sure to get horseshoes that can handle the ice.

    Brent K. · January 7, 2011
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  • Laura Harvey S.

    Awesome view!

    Laura Harvey S. · February 20, 2011
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  • Joseph R.

    Much better at night; less traffic on the path.

    Joseph R. · August 9, 2013
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  • 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

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  • Pinch R.

    The best, hottest, and most grueling training runs while enjoying the scenic beauty of the lakefront in the summer.

    Pinch R. · October 1, 2012
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  • a k

    Early mornings before 6 are the most ideal...

    a k · April 28, 2012
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  • Ant

    It's cold as hell outside right now.

    Ant · September 18, 2011
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  • The Hamburgerlar

    Run for Hamburgers!!

    The Hamburgerlar · April 1, 2011
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  • Shannon ..

    Walk from Museum campus to Navy Pier.

    Shannon .. · April 18, 2010
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  • Leyla A.

    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

    Leyla A. · September 25, 2013
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  • Miyeon P.

    Be careful of birds hiding in the bushes, they will attack your head!

    Miyeon P. · July 17, 2013
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  • Brian M.

    Watch out for flying douchebags in tanktops and aerobars.

    Brian M. · May 15, 2013
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  • Shannon H.

    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!

    Shannon H. · July 24, 2012
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  • CindyLou

    What a beautiful day !!

    CindyLou · July 4, 2012
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  • Daisy M.

    Best view of the city skyline - riding north up the bike path, rounding the corner and BAM!

    Daisy M. · June 13, 2012
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  • Aaron C.

    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.

    Aaron C. · April 15, 2012
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  • John M.

    Watch out for dogs n shit...

    John M. · January 3, 2012
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  • Kimberly F.

    Bring a windbreaker. The wind is whipping!

    Kimberly F. · November 12, 2011
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  • Nicole B.

    Say hi to Spencer at the Boucher bros chairs!

    Nicole B. · August 25, 2011
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  • Lin Z.

    Nice and windy

    Lin Z. · April 2, 2011
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  • Universal Sports

    Andy Schleck believes he is the Tour De France favorite. Come see if he is right. Tune into Universal Sports for exclusive cycling coverage. Read more

    Universal Sports · February 9, 2011
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  • Michael M.

    if u r not a dog person watch for unleashed jogger dogs...most really well trained and friendly

    Michael M. · December 11, 2010
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  • s p.

    lovely walk to the pier and back. good picnic area adjacent to beach.

    s p. · September 12, 2010
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  • Jane L.

    No mile markers from 2.5 to 6!

    Jane L. · August 17, 2010
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  • LaRae

    Don't be creepin...

    LaRae · July 1, 2010
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  • Igor B.

    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.

    Igor B. · October 10, 2013
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  • Kelcie B.

    Favorite place to run!

    Kelcie B. · October 8, 2013
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  • Scott Kleinberg

    My favorite stretch is from Ohio Street Beach to North Avenue Beach.

    Scott Kleinberg · September 8, 2013
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  • Lena D.

    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

    Lena D. · July 29, 2013
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  • Erin

    Don't forget your sunscreen!

    Erin · June 20, 2013
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  • Deandrea B.

    First time checking in? I hope you enjoyed the Lake! My gosh people act like it never exist.

    Deandrea B. · June 1, 2013
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  • Dawon H.

    Watch out for duck poop

    Dawon H. · May 21, 2013
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  • Pete C.

    Watch out for flying squirrels

    Pete C. · May 8, 2013
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  • Marsha K.

    Stay on your right side on the trails. Pass carefully on the left.

    Marsha K. · April 7, 2013
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  • Audrey M.

    Perfect for running because there are no stop lights and pedestrians crowding the sidewalks.

    Audrey M. · January 17, 2013
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  • Kathy Toth, 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!

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  • Jesus M.

    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.

    Jesus M. · September 7, 2012
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  • Jack

    Beautiful spot for a morning run

    Jack · August 30, 2012
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