Trail use is for exercising and commuting - walking, jogging, running, rollerblading, and biking are allowed. No congregating, no gathering, no grilling, and no picnicking allowed.
- Access to the trail will be minimized by restricting select entrance points. Additionally, merged trails or exits are in place for a few sections due to lakefront storm damage and high lake levels. View this information on the Lakefront Trail Access Map linked below.
- Closed Section from North Ave. to Ohio St:
Trail users can either turn around at the Chess Pavilion or Flyover at Ohio St., or exit the trail system to the street network. For more information on the street network, view the City of Chicago's bike map - North to Ohio area or the full citywide bike network map.
- Lakefront parking lots will remain closed, as will all other lakefront amenities including outdoor fitness equipment, athletic fields and beaches.
- Water fountains will not be on and comfort stations/washrooms will not be open. Please plan your visit accordingly.
- Social Distancing Ambassadors (SDA) will be stationed along the trail to educate the public and manage the flow of traffic, as well as provide guidance on health and safety guidelines.
Trail users are required to adhere to the following safety guidelines as applied to all park users:
- Wear a face covering at all times
- Maintain social distance from other trail users, keeping 6-feet away from others who are not in your immediate family or living with you
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
- Stay home if you are sick
Chicago’s Lakefront Trails welcome residents and visitors from around the City. On any given day activity along the trails includes people commuting to work, training for marathons, caregivers with children in strollers, tourists on rental bikes, and people taking a leisurely stroll. Running from Ardmore Ave. on the north, to 71st St. on the south, the trails provide important access to the lake for recreational purposes and have increasingly become an active transportation route for many Chicagoans. In 2018 the trail separation project was completed, dividing the former 18-mile combined use trail into an 18-mile Bike Trail and 18.5-mile Pedestrian Trail, alleviating congestion and providing a better overall park experience along Chicago’s lakefront.
The Lakefront Trail Separation Project along with current trail repairs are made possible, in part, by the generosity of Ken Griffin.
To ensure the safety of all users, please review the Symbols Guide before accessing the trails.
View the Lakefront Trails Symbol Guide
Trail Section Maps
To get a birds-eye view of the trail segments, view the map renderings below.
Shoreline Assessment and Strategic Plan
The Park District is developing a long-term, implementation-focused plan to help guide investment in lakefront repair, maintenance and increased resiliency.
Learn more about this plan, and view related drone footage of the lakefront: www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/shoreline-assessment-and-strategic-plan
Lakefront Trail Comment Form
Please share comments or feedback regarding the Lakefront Trail below.