Woman runs along the Lakefront Trail near Theater on the Lake.

Chicago’s 18-mile Lakefront Trail welcomes residents and visitors from 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.

Reminder:  For your own personal safety and the safety of fellow trail users and construction workers, please use caution and slow down in and around work zones

Construction schedules are subject to weather conditions.

Project Status

In Progress

Park Segment Status Estimated Construction Start Estimated Construction Completion Images
Burnham Park 41st to 55th St. Construction Mid-August 2017 Summer 2018 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 has begun on the pedestrian section of the Lakefront trail, between 41st and 55th. During this time, both pedestrian and bike traffic will use the recently completed bike portion of the trail.
Burnham Park Roosevelt to 31st St.  Construction Summer 2018 Late Fall 2018 View Roosevelt to 31st St. separation plan
Lincoln Park Ardmore to Montrose Construction Spring 2018 Late Summer 2018 View Ardmore - Montrose separation plan
Both the bicycle and pedestrian trails between Foster and Montrose are open for public use.  New directional signs along both trails will be installed in August.
Note: Construction from Ardmore to Berwyn continues.  This section is temporarily closed with no bicycle or pedestrian access available.
Lincoln Park Montrose to Fullerton Construction August 6, 2018 Fall 2018

View Montrose - Fullerton separation plan

View the Montrose - Fullerton detour plan map which shows the route to be used during construction.

Note: Construction from Montrose south to Addison is scheduled to begin August 7.  At that time, the current trail will be closed.  Please use the detour.  See detour map above.

Lincoln Park North to Oak Construction Spring 2018 Fall 2018 View North - Oak separation plan
Note: Starting April 23, the existing trail will be reduced to a combined width of 8' for all trail users, during the construction of this area.  View the North-Oak Phasing plan to see the area affected by this change.



Park Segment Status  Construction Start  Construction Completion Images
Burnham Park 35th to 41st Street Complete Fall 2016 June 2017 View 35th - 41st separation plan
Grant Park From Chicago River to approx. Roosevelt Rd.  Complete  Early October 2017 May 2018 View Grant Park separation plan 
Lincoln Park Fullerton to North Complete Mid-May 2017 October 2017 View Fullerton - North separation plan

Lincoln Park  Oak to Ohio Complete Mid-May 2017 August 2017 View Oak-Ohio separation plan