Chicago is a great place for occasional joggers, experienced runners and dedicated marathoners. It offers numerous beautiful routes for a sweat session all across the city, in the gorgeous parks and around the lake. You can get away from busy bustling streets and constant red lights and enjoy the peaceful trails, paths, and parks of Chicago.
If you are searching for the best places to run in Chicago, check out the list below. You might find new favorite running spots to keep up with your running routine year-round, during the hot summer days and long Chicago winter.
The northern section of the trail starts off at Hollywood Ave. near Foster Beach, and runs south all the way to 71st St. near Rainbow Beach Park in South Chicago. This section is less crowded, a little more bucolic, and features a gravel running path.
The middle section parallels the heart of downtown and the Magnificent Mile, and includes sights such as Navy Pier, Grant Park, the Museum Campus, and Soldier Field. The path here is concrete and the trail can be crowded on a nice day.
South of Museum Campus is the Convention Center area, while the final four miles feature great views and access to the University of Chicago and Hyde Park.
The Lakefront Trail is open 24 hours a day, but the parks and beaches along the path close at 11 p.m.
Caution Signs: Signs have been posted at the entrances (access points) of the wet pavement areas, cautioning pedestrians of the possibility of slippery conditions.
This path gets insanely busy, especially during Spring/Summer/Fall. Be mindful of other trail users.
The mile of paved paths has no lighting to create as natural of an environment as possible. The park is open until 11:00 PM, and it is advised by park security to bring a flashlight.
Northerly Island’s Nature Center is open weekdays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Supervisor: Teishetta Daniel
The 606 park and trail system is operated by the Chicago Park District and is open every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Bloomingdale Trail is a 10-foot-wide path with 2-foot-wide running tracks along both sides. All users are welcome, though no motorized or commercial vehicles are allowed.
A few simple courtesies will help keep everyone happy and safe: stay to the right, pass on the left, step aside if you stop, encourage your children to do the same, and keep your dog on a short leash. Please respect the neighbors who live along the trail.
Visit The606.org or call 312.742.4622 for up-to-date information about the winter weather mostly in case of snow.
The Department of Fleet and Facility Management, in coordination with the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department have prepared the follow list of safety tips in order to make your visit more enjoyable.
Remember that you are still in an urban environment and need to be aware of your surroundings. Chicago Riverwalk Security can be easily found with their yellow shirts and jackets patrolling the entire stretch of the Riverwalk between Lake Shore Drive and Lake Street. The Chicago Police Officers also patrol the Chicago Riverwalk and can be frequently observed throughout the path on foot or bike.
Peddling on the Chicago Riverwalk is prohibited. Do not purchase any items from peddlers on the Chicago Riverwalk. Peddlers may approach you for the sale of candy, but these interactions are a way for potential thieves to identify the location of your wallet.
6:00 am-11:00 pm
Note: Grant park is where the Chicago Marathon starts. If you are planning to challenge yourself and participate in this fantastic running event, make sure to check out our Guide to the Chicago Marathon.
Find out all the important details: marathon course and strategies, where to stay, where to eat, and where to celebrate during the Chicago marathon.
We've also added the tips on where to go and what to see if you are the first time in Chicago, and would like to explore and feel the vibe of the city.
The zoo itself opens at 10 am, but gates open to the public at 7 am year-round.
The zoo’s crowds can be avoided by taking the route before the zoo opens at 10 a.m.
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