Lakefront Trail

Chicago’s Lakefront Trails welcome residents and visitors from around the City. On any given day activity along the pedestrian and bike 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. The trails are open during normal operating hours.  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.

View the Lakefront Trail Access Map


Trail Symbols

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.

Park Segment Map
Lincoln Park Ardmore to Montrose View Ardmore - Montrose map
Lincoln Park Montrose to Fullerton View Montrose - Fullerton map
Lincoln Park Fullerton to North View Fullerton - North map
Lincoln Park North to Oak View North - Oak map
Lincoln Park Oak to Ohio View Oak - Ohio map
Grant Park Chicago River to Roosevelt Rd.  View Grant Park map
Burnham Park Roosevelt to 31st St.  View Roosevelt - 31st St. map
Burnham Park 31st to 35th St.  View 31st - 35th St. map
Burnham Park 35th to 41st St.  View 35th - 41st St. map
Burnham Park 41st to 55th St.  View 41st - 55th St. map
Jackson Park 55th to 71st View 55th to 71st St. map


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: 


Lakefront Trail Comment Form

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