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Chicago Lakefront Trail

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Length

18.4 Miles 29.6 Kilometers

100%

Runnable

Elevation

154' 47 m

Ascent

-150' -46 m

Descent

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Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

596' 182 m

High

577' 176 m

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A true Chicago classic. Over 18 continuous miles along Lake Michigan.

Rafi Wilkinson

Overview [Suggest Changes]

The Lakefront Trail is a testament to the planners of Chicago, with over 18 miles of multi-use path that run through park space along the lake. The trail runs along Lake Shore Drive. There are dozens of parking lots and trail connections. It is therefore possible to do the whole trail all at once or break it up into countless smaller adventures.
Features: Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views [Add/Remove]
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

The surface is paved but can have potholes. This trail can be very crowded in the summer. Run defensively and watch out for people entering and exiting the trail.

Description [Suggest Changes]

This trail is the best way to see Chicago. The trail connects all of the major parks and attractions that are on the lakefront. There are beaches, tennis courts, museums, harbors and so many other things to do. A partial list of attractions include:

  • Lincoln Park
  • Grant Park
  • Millenium Park
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Burnham Park
  • Jackson Park
  • Over 10 beaches
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Navy Pier
  • Soldier Field
  • McCormick Place
  • Montrose Harbor
  • Belmont Harbor
  • Diversey Harbor
  • DuSable Harbor
  • Monroe Harbor
  • Burnham Harbor
  • 31st Street Harbor
  • 59th Street Harbor
  • Jackson Park Harbor

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Land Manager: Chicago Park District

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