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

Please Note:  A small section of the lakefront trail between Chicago Ave. and Ontario St. has been affected by 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 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 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.
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
Note:  Construction has begun on the pedestrian section of the Lakefront trail, between Foster and Montrose. During this time, both pedestrian and bike traffic will use the recently completed bike portion of the trail.
Lincoln Park Montrose to Fullerton Bidding Summer 2018 Fall 2018

View Montrose - Fullerton separation plan

View the Montrose - Fullerton detour plan map, which shows the routes in use during construction.

Lincoln Park Fullerton to North Complete Mid-May 2017 Completed October 2017 View Fullerton - North separation plan

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.
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.