Biking Trails in Chicago

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Biking Trails in Chicago

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  • Irina
    United States9,939 contributions
    Lakefront Trail is an invaluable part of Chicago. It's great -- and free -- for anybody: pedestrians, joggers, walkers, cyclists. From the trail one can admire some fantastic scenic views of the gorgeous Lake Michigan and the unique Chicago Skyline, the exciting Chicago Lakefront, the grand and welcoming Navy Pier, and many other beautiful sites of this vibrant city.

    There are some new improvements to Lakefront Trail: it has a new addition -- the Navy Pier Flyover (constructed in 2014 -- 2021), which provides the separation of bicyclists from pedestrians in a very busy part of the city, that very often has traffic congestion in the area close to Navy Pier. For all visitors, and especially skaters and bicyclists I would recommend to study the current trail map and its regulations, safety instructions, etc. The trail is well-marked, has some very detailed info boards , and of course, there's much online info available, as well.

    Lakefront Trail stretches for 18,5 miles along the western shore of Lake Michigan, and goes quite a way parallel to Lake Shore Drive. The lawns, and some large city parks along the trail length, are nicely landscaped and well maintained.

    My friends and I have enjoyed our last visit to Lakefront Trail, as we always do!
    Written 6 May 2022
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  • MadMike96
    Madison, WI46 contributions
    Great urban trail to walk, run, or bike. No cross traffic. Was not too busy on a weekday. Well maintained and lots of access points. 2.7 miles long.
    Written 21 June 2021
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  • CharlieinTexas
    Austin, TX3,760 contributions
    Walking or riding a bike along the waterfront, or sitting on the bench, it’s just part of what makes this city a fabulous place to visit. Pretty much accessible from anywhere in the city, it’s just a nice place to be/go to.
    Written 25 July 2021
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  • Joseph B
    Chicago, IL101 contributions
    I nice, clean, modern way to cut across neighborhoods. This is a multiuse trail, with walkers, joggers, bikers, skaters, strollers, etc, so be prepared.
    Written 11 January 2021
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  • Annaline
    Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
    It is a nice biking trail, however for some unknown to me reason I think there was too much broken glass on it. Is it not cleaned too often? Also information boards are scarce and if they exist they are almost unreadable (painted over with graffiti or just damaged). It would be nice to have more information borads on the way so bikers know where they are going and are not lost (there are some changes on the trail that may be confusing, or trails is ending sometimes and bikers need to stay on the street).
    Written 2 September 2015
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  • GuatemalaCiclista
    Chicago, IL357 contributions
    The north branch of the Chicago River has a celebrated history when it comes to natives and settlers alike. The woods have produced evidence of indigenous settlement and even the likes of Kinzie put roots down in these parts on the river. I grew up in these woods so for me nostalgia plays a part in its magnetism. The begining of a bike path starts right on Foster and continues north to the Chicago Botanical Gardens. I would only hope that future visitors be more litter conscious and respect the well trodden dirt paths along the river bank. Read up on the history before visiting and the place will come alive.
    Written 24 December 2020
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