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.  Construction of the trails will continue through 2018. View a graphic of the entire trail, indicating completed and in-construction segments.

Listed below are additional details on the segments in construction, as well as final information about the completed sections.

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


Park Segment Status Estimated Construction Start Estimated Construction Completion Images
Burnham Park Roosevelt to 31st St.  Construction Early September 2018 Late Fall 2018

View Roosevelt to 31st St. separation plan
There is a detour in place from Solidarity Drive to Waldron Drive.  All trail users are directed to Burnham Harbor promenade while this section is under construction.  No detour exists from Waldron Drive to 31st Street. This section of the trail is closed.

Jackson Park 55th to 71st Construction Mid-September 2018 Late Fall 2018 View 55th to 71st separation plan
Due to the space constraints within many areas of this segment, the existing lakefront trail will be closed while under construction. 
Lincoln Park Montrose to Fullerton Construction August 2018 Late Fall 2018

View Montrose - Fullerton separation plan
View the Montrose - Fullerton detour map (updated 10/12/18)  which shows the route to be used during construction.



Park Segment Status  Construction Start  Construction Completion Images
Burnham Park 35th to 41st St. Complete Fall 2016 June 2017 View 35th - 41st separation plan
Burnham Park 41st to 55th St. Complete Fall 2017 September 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 in this area with temporary detours will continue to be available during this construction.

Construction of the separated trails is generally complete and open for public use. Balance of work includes overall site cleanup, installation of trail signs and landscape restoration in September 2018.  

Grant Park From Chicago River to approx. Roosevelt Rd.  Complete  Early October 2017 May 2018 View Grant Park separation plan 
Lincoln Park Ardmore to Montrose Complete Early Spring 2018 September 2018

View Ardmore - Montrose separation plan

Both the bicycle and pedestrian trails between Ardmore and Montrose are open for public use.  Balance of work includes overall site cleanup, installation of trail signs and landscape restoration in September 2018.

Lincoln Park Fullerton to North Complete Early Summer 2017 October 2017 View Fullerton - North separation plan

Lincoln Park North to Oak Complete Spring 2018 November 2018 View North - Oak separation plan
Lincoln Park  Oak to Ohio Complete Late Spring 2017 August 2017 View Oak-Ohio separation plan