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Chicago Lakefront Trail

Type: Attractions, Beaches, Family Friendly, Free Attractions, Great Views, Outdoor Activities - Summer, Outdoor Activities - Winter, Parks, Public Spaces, Romantic, Uniquely Here

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Located east of Lake Shore Drive, the Lakefront Trail is an 18.5 mile linear path that stretches from the far north part of the city to the south side. Neighborhoods dot the path as well as notable...  Read More

  • Free Things to Do: "Metered parking is available at almost all of the parks along the trail."
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: One of Chicago's best free attractions, the 18.5 mile linear path hugs the lakefront and stretches from one part of the city to the other.

  • Romantic Things to Do: "For a great skyline view, sit on the rocks at North Avenue, or at a small peninsula between Belmont and Irving Park Road."
  • Best Attractions & Activities: "The trail can get very crowded, especially downtown, so to avoid the crowds, go as early in the morning as possible."

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