Chicago Lakefront Trail
Type: Attractions, Beaches, Family Friendly, Free Attractions, Great Views, Outdoor Activities - Summer, Outdoor Activities - Winter, Parks, Public Spaces, Romantic, Uniquely Here
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
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 cultural landmarks including the Museum of Science and Industry; the Field Museum; Shedd Aquarium; Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum; the Chicago Children's Museum; the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; Lincoln Park Zoo, and the South Shore Cultural Center. The paved path is very popular among walkers, joggers and bicyclists and it will and does get crowded during warm weekends. Expect to slow down around Navy Pier, one of the most congested points on the trail. The Lakefront Trail Separation project divided bike and pedestrian paths in late 2018 so pedestrians and cyclists claim their own parts of the trail.
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: One of Chicago's best free attractions, the 18.5 miles linear path hugs the lakefront and stretches from one part of the city to the other.
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: It's Chicago's beautiful backdrop, it's free and can be a casual, unpretentious date.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The lakefront trail is one of Chicago's best natural attractions, and it's free!