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Lakefront Trail
#5 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
The Lakefront offers a unique days worth of walking, jogging, bicycling with spectacular views of Chicago's skyscrapers, parks, lagoons, zoo, and the third largest body of fresh water in the world!
Located east of Lakeshore Drive, the Chicago Lakefront Trail is an 18.5-mile linear park along Lake Michigan that includes beaches, volleyball courts, playgrounds, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and soccer fields.
5 Ways to experience it
Ohio Street Beach
#16 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
It sits right next to Olive Park, voted one of the 10 most romantic parks in the city.
No showers, though if one was industrial/desperate enough – a 10min walk to Navy Pier and there is fountain park – where kids or anyone can run through to cool down.
Milton Lee Olive Park
#20 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
This park walks you along the lake with great views of the city on both sides.
A wide path stretches from the park entrance to Lake Michigan.
Kathy Osterman Beach
#32 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Lake Shore Park
#38 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
... is the Lake Shore Park which of course faces the Lake Shore Drive, the continuous flow of cars and the blue Lake Michigan.
Large park overlooking Lake Shore Drive
Seneca Park
#51 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Polk Bros Park
#52 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago
Day Frog
#67 of 78 Nature & Parks in Chicago