Lakefront Trail

Lakefront Trail

Chicago’s 18-mile Lakefront Trail welcomes residents and visitors from all around the City. Running from Ardmore Ave. on the north, to 71st St. on the south, the trail provides important access to the lake for recreational purposes and has increasingly become an active transportation route for many Chicagoans. On any given day activity along the trail includes people commuting to work, training for marathons, caregivers with children in strollers, tourists on rental bikes, teens on skateboards, and thousands of other people taking a leisurely stroll.  
Trail Separation Project
In an effort to enhance the trail experience and ensure safety of all users, a project is underway to divide the main trail into two separate trails, one for pedestrians and the other for bikers.  Design and construction of the trails will occur in segments during spring, summer, and fall months from spring 2017 through 2018.  Listed below are the segments currently in process.  As the remaining segments advance in design, they will be added to this page.  
Lakefront Trail separation, provided by the generosity of Ken Griffin.

Trail Separation Project Status

Park Segment Status Estimated Construction Start Estimated Construction Completion Images
Burnham Park 35th to 41st Street Construction Fall 2016 Trail Separation – Complete and Open

Light pole installation - ongoing
View 35th - 41st separation plan
Lincoln Park Fullerton to North Construction
* more info. below
Mid-May 2017 End of August 2017 View Fullerton-North separation plan

View Fullerton-North DETOUR map
Lincoln Park  Oak to Ohio Construction
* more info. below
Mid-May 2017 End of August 2017 View Oak-Ohio separation plan
Burnham Park 41st to 55th Street Construction Mid-August 2017 Mid-December 2017 View 41st - 55th separation plan
Note:  This plan shows the lakefront trail configuration during CDOT’s 41st Street bridge construction and the final separated trail layout after the bridge is completed. Combined trail use with temporary detours will continue to be available during construction of these projects.

Construction Details*:

Fullerton to North Ave

UPDATE:  North Ave. Beach Pedestrian Bridge is re-opened for public use. As construction continues, a few existing Lake Shore Drive light poles will be relocated around the area of the bridge. When this work occurs, intermittent closure of the bridge will be necessary for public safety. We apologize for the inconvenience as we work to improve the Lakefront Trail.

REMINDER: Lakefront Trail users should utilize the marked Lakefront Trail Detour west of Lake Shore Drive between Diversey and North Ave. while construction continues.  See detour map.

Oak to Ohio
• Due to limitations in space on this portion of the trail, the contractor will make every attempt to limit the use of heavy equipment during high use times of morning and evening commuter traffic.

Reminder, please use caution and slow down in work zones.  Construction is subject to weather conditions.