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Chicago is the home of many miles of running paths and trails, making it the perfect city for runners of every level of experience.


Lakefront Trail: 

  • 18 miles long
  • Runs from the north end of Hollywood Avenue to the south end of 71st Street
  • Weaves alongside Lake Michigan
  • As it cuts through popular financial and tourism districts, it can be quite busy
  • Open from sunrise to sunset
    • Features:
    • Parks
    • Beaches
    • Gardens
    • Statues
    • Washrooms
    • Parking lots
    • Drinking fountains
    • Concession stands [1]

Burnham Greenway:

  • Runs along the border of Chicago and Lansing
  • Divided into two distinct sections
  • Burnham North:
    • 3.15 miles long
    • Runs from Wolf Lake to 100th Street
    • Stretches beside one of the most biologically diverse locations in the Midwest
    • After the lake, runners will enter a populated urban area
      • Features:
      • Parking area
      • Playgrounds
      • Swimming
      • Fishing
      • Restaurants
      • Grocery stores
  • Burnham South:
    • Covers 2.1 miles
    • Runs between Green Lake Woods and State Street
    • Features:
      • Parking area at Green Lake Woods
      • Baseball fields
      • Passes through many neighborhoods
      • Runs beside Commissioner’s Park
      • Playground
      • Skate park
  • There are plans in place to close the gap between the two trails [2]

Major Taylor Trail:

  • Owes its name to Marshall “Major” Taylor
    • African-American cyclist who set the one-mile track cycling world record in 1899
  • Runs seven miles along the southwest side of the city
  • Connects Dan Ryan Woods (80th Place) with Whistler Woods (south bank of Little Calumet River)
  • Features:
    • Biking
    • Inline skating
    • Wheelchair accessibility [2]

North Branch Trail:

  • 20 miles long
  • Runs between Devon Avenue at Caldwell Avenue and Chicago Botanical Garden
  • Winds along the North Branch of the Chicago River
  • Features:
    • Inline skating
    • Wheelchair accessibility
    • Cross-country skiing
    • Nature-oriented setting
    • Circles Skokie Lagoons and Erikson Woods
    • Resting areas
    • Public restrooms
    • Alternate dirt paths
    • Ends in intersections with other trails for a more varied experience

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[1] http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/attractions/park_district/lakefront_trail_.html
[2] http://www.traillink.com

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