Chicago Lakefront Trail
Whether you visit the Lakefront Trail as part of marathon training or just to take in the fresh air, you get to experience one of Chicago's top attractions. Walkers take in skyline views, while bicyclists pedal an easy ride to top Chicago attractions such as Grant Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, and North Avenue Beach. Many bike and Segway tours use some portion of the trail.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Look for amenities such as hydration stations, restrooms, and concession stands along the trail.
Bring a bike lock if you plan on leaving your bike to explore any attractions on foot.
Car traffic crosses the trail at several points, especially on the downtown section, so use caution when approaching roadways.
Wear reflective clothing and use bike safety lights if on the trail at night.
Hourly bike rentals are available from several vendors on the trail's downtown section.
The entire Lakefront Trail is paved and wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Lakefront Trail starts at South Shore Cultural Center on East 71st Street and ends on West Ardmore Avenue near Kathy Osterman Beach. It can be accessed via multiple entry points along the way via foot, bike, or Segway. Look for street parking if driving to the trail.
When to Get There
The trail is open 365 days a year. It is more congested on weekends and on mild spring and fall days.
Take the Lakefront Trail to Navy Pier
The Lakefront Trail connects directly with Navy Pier, one of downtown Chicago's top attractions. Save on parking and walk or bike to this lakeside entertainment complex featuring a 15-story Ferris wheel, movie theater, shopping, restaurants, live music stages, and more. Kids love the Chicago Children’s Museum, and you can take a cruise on Lake Michigan departing from the South Dock.