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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snoozermoose
Boston, MA112 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Renting bikes from the city bike share and biking almost the entire length of this trail was the highlight of our trip here. The bike lanes definitely get crowded during rush hour but it was so cool to see locals actually getting to use bike lanes in a functional way (Boston, take note). The views were beautiful.
Written July 28, 2022
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Jane M
Washington, D.C.229 contributions
Jun 2022
We rented bikes right at the entrance to navy pier and rode almost 20 miles on a really nice day. We headed north on the Lakefront trail (we had already walked the southern section from the fountain to navy pier the day before. The northern section was a nice break as it goes into the residential area of Chicago so was filled with people playing soccer and enjoying boats, golf, volleyball and enjoying the parks -- was a nice afternoon
Written June 23, 2022
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ3,853 contributions
Sep 2021
This is why I really enjoy Chicago. It's a huge city but they really focus on the non-vehicular traffic. This very long and very well maintained trail is an excellent place for outdoor living. On one side is the city and on the other is the lake. You choose your speed and method of transportation and enjoy the view!
Written June 12, 2022
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kct33
Redditch, UK37 contributions
Sep 2022
Great route which I think stretches 25 miles which is a little out of our comfort zone. The bike lanes were wide well kept and not busy. You have great views of the lake and there are pit stops and parks with benches if you wish to cool down under a tree😊
Written September 20, 2022
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SaraJets
New York City, NY229 contributions
May 2022
If you want to see a nice view of Lake Michgan you must walk lakefront trail. It is a breathtaking view near the beach. There are cantinas to get a drink and several bars- we just passed by- not drinkers
Written June 20, 2022
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Mamjensen
Modesto, CA534 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours riding rented bikes on the lakefront trail on a beautiful September afternoon. There was quite a bit of traffic on the trail but it was not crowded or dangerous. You had great views of the lake on one side and great views of the city on the other. The path goes through several parks and provides excellent views of a big swath of Chicago. Lots of fun!
Written September 15, 2020
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auntaugusta23
Raleigh, N.C.29 contributions
Aug 2021
We rented Divvy bikes and rode from Montrose Harbor down to the Museum District. The trails are well-maintained, with clear markings for pedestrians and cyclists, and the terrain is flat (thanks, lake!). Everyone we encountered was polite and paid attention, a pleasant change from the greenways in our city. Great job, Chicago!
Written August 17, 2021
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Amanda C
Gold Coast, Australia1,650 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 October 30, 2022
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Valleyblue
Sacramento, CA381 contributions
Sep 2022
Walking along Lake Michigan is so scenic and relaxing. No matter where you start or end up, it's a beautiful walk. So many sights to see, I recommend walking to the Navy Pier, it makes for a great hike.
Written September 19, 2022
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Daryl C
Danville, CA1,018 contributions
Jun 2021
It was warm when we visited Chicago so anything by the water was great. The Lakefront Trail is really like a grandstand for the lake. There are plenty of bike riders and joggers. And people just sunning on the steps and looking our over the lake. There's a small beach with a cafe near the Navy Pier. And, yes, people who are braver than me were swimming in the questionable water along the trail.
Written June 6, 2021
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