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Chicago Lakefront Trail
Chicago Lakefront Trail

Chicago Lakefront Trail

Free admission
540 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL

The Basics

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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Bikes, Bites, and Brews: Chicago's Signature Dishes Bike Tour
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Bikes, Bites, and Brews: Chicago's Signature Dishes Bike Tour
$84.99 per adult
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Awesome bike tour of Chicago
Thomas was a fantastic guide for an awesome tour around Chicago, food was tasty, he told some interesting stories, shoreline was gorgeous!
John_W, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Chicago

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Highly recommended
Sharon_P, Nov 2021
Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour in Chicago
AMAZING and fun experience. It was my first time riding a segway and a had the best time ever! Our tour guide Vincent was very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw many many attractions and took great photos! It was the perfect time of year for a new adventure!
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Picture perfect time on...
Richard_T, Oct 2021
Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour in Chicago
Picture perfect time on the segways with my daughters exploring the Lakefront. We had an amazing with our tour guide. She took great care that we had a fabulous time and kept us safe! Great job and I would highly recommend it to everyone. Special shout out to Ivori Skye on Spotify!!!
star-5
Short and sweet enjoy
Shwetank_S, Sep 2021
Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods
The trip was a short and sweet trip across neighborhoods of Chicago and finally the lake. It was properly guided, and the guide Nick was very helpful and cool. Helped me finding the location of the place and came to pick me up from the spot where I was lost. The entire trip was very light and chilled.
star-5
Vincent on wheels
Paul_R, Sep 2021
Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour in Chicago
Segway rides are always fun, but add gorgeous weather, breathtaking scenery and VINCENT as a tour guide? PERFECTION. Chicago in September and Vincent's knowledge and humor were amazing. Thank you!
star-5
Fun tour of Chicago
Luckygirl94010, Oct 2019
Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods
This was a very nice tour of some of the best spots in Downtown Chicago. Lake was so friendly and informative. Definitely put this on your list the next time you are in Chicago.
star-4
Fun Day in Chicago
Lavonne_H, Aug 2021
Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour in Chicago
Really fun and beautiful way to tour the city and lakefront. Tour guide was great; tour company meh...
star-5
Good times in Chicago
Trena_P, Aug 2021
Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour in Chicago
It was a great experience. Our tour guide was very informative and shared a lot of history about Chicago. I highly recommend this tour. I would definitely do it again.
star-4
Very good experience
Luis_V, Aug 2021
Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour in Chicago
Great way to see Chicago Lakefront. Very nice route that includes most important landmarks in the area.
star-5
Bobby bike trip, Chicago
jillyemc70, Nov 2018
Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods
Great bike trip around Chicago. Peter the guide was great, really knowledgeable Just book with Bobbys bikes direct, vand save about $20.
star-4
Liked the tour but started almost an hour late
Cathy_M, Aug 2021
Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour in Chicago
Liked the tour and our guide, Lucas was great. But getting started was not very organized and having those who showed up on time have to wait for latecomers was not appreciated. We had other things planned afterwards so had to cut our segway tour short by about an hour because we started an hour late. Wished we had more time to enjoy.
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Neighborhood Bike Tour
Kenneth_W, Jul 2018
Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods
Fun, slow paced,easy bike ride through a few of Chicago’s neighborhoods. Guide was knowledgeable about basic Chicago history.
star-5
Awesome tour with awesome tour guide
Nathan_R, Aug 2021
Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour in Chicago
Vincent the tour guide was very friendly, helpful and informative. He also made the experience a lot of fun. I highly recommend the Segway Tour.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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