Where to hike in Chicago, There are many place to hike in and around Chicago. Trail access may change due to Covid restrictions, weather or any other reason. Please exercise caution when hiking. Do not go to any of these areas after dark.
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Chicago Lakefront Trail
This trail runs along Lake Michigan beginning at Ardmore Ave. (5700N) on the north, to 71st St. (7100S) on the south. It is an 18-mile combined use trail with an 18-mile Bike Trail and 18.5-mile Pedestrian Trail. Due to high lake levels the trail is closed often particularly in winter. More info here.
The Bloomingdale Trail is an elevated 2.7-mile-long former rail line converted into a biking, jogging and walking path. The Trail is part of a larger park system called The 606 which includes five ground-level parks that link up to the Bloomingdale Trail. Park map. Location: Bloomingdale Ave (1800 N) from Ashland Ave. (1600 W) to Ridgeway (3750 W). More info here.
Where to hike in Chicago – The Riverwalk
The Chicago Riverwalk is a 1.5 mile path along the Chicago River. The trail goes from Wacker Drive and Lake Street (200N) to the Lakefront Trail where the Chicago River and Lake Michigan converge. Bikes are allowed but must be walked. More info here.
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo/
This is a beautiful 2.5 mile walk between the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond on the north past the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Lincoln Park Zoo and South Pond to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. The Lincoln Park Zoo is closed through March 4, 2021 you should be able to access all areas of this walk. More info here. Learn more about it here.
Northerly Island Park
Northerly Island is a 91- acre peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan at the Museum Campus. It is located just south of the Adler Planetarium and east of Soldier Field. The majority of this space is dedicated to nature. The nature area at Northerly Island features strolling paths, casual play areas and a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline. It is also home to some of the best fishing in Chicago. Located at 1521 S. Linn White Dr. More info here.
This park is closed in accordance with an executive order from Mayor Lightfoot. Go here to learn more about the Chicago Park District COVID-19 response.
Ping Tom Memorial Park
Ping Tom Memorial Park is a 17.44-acre site with walking paths by the river located in Chinatown at 1906 South Tom Parkway. More info here.
North Park Village Nature Center
North Park Village Nature Center features a 46-acre nature preserve and educational facility. The nature preserve offers trails in woodland, wetland, prairie, and savanna. A discovery room, a hands-on table of natural objects, and interactive displays are highlights of the Nature Center. In addition to the Nature Center and preserve, visitors can also enjoy exploration through Walking Stick Woods, a 12-acre woodland with trails and nodes designed for Nature Play. Location: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. More info here