Lakefront Trail

Please Note:  A small section of the lakefront trail between Chicago Ave. and Ontario St. has been affected by recent storm damage. The pedestrian portion of the trail in this area is open for both foot and bike traffic.  Repairs will be made when weather allows in the spring.  Until then the area will be monitored and cleaned up as needed.

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 Complete Fall 2016 Trail Separation – Completed June 2017 View 35th - 41st separation plan
Burnham Park 41st to 55th Street Construction Mid-August 2017 Spring 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.
Grant Park From Chicago River to approx. Roosevelt Rd.  Construction  Early October 2017 Spring 2018 View Grant Park separation plan 
Lincoln Park Ardmore to Montrose Construction Spring 2018 Late Summer 2018 View Ardmore-Montrose separation plan
Lincoln Park Montrose to Fullerton In Design Summer 2018 Late Summer 2018  
Lincoln Park Fullerton to North Complete Mid-May 2017 Completed October 2017 View Fullerton-North separation plan

View Fullerton-North Temporary Plan
Note: The new separated bike trail has been completed between Fullerton and North Ave. On a temporary basis, this trail will be shared by all users to allow for improvements to be made on the adjacent separated pedestrian trail. See Temporary Plan Map
Lincoln Park North to Oak In Design Late Spring 2018 Late Summer 2018  
Lincoln Park  Oak to Ohio Complete Mid-May 2017 Completed August 2017 View Oak-Ohio separation plan

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.