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Lakefront Trail, Chicago

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The Chicago Lakefront Trail is a 18mi share use foreshoreway for walking and cycling, located adjacent to the western shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois. The path connects various beaches and recreational amenities located along the lakefront and also serves as a route for bicycle commuters.
The trail is located wholly within the Chicago city limits and spans from 7100 South/2560 East to 5800 North/1000 West. It is a dedicated-use path, although frequent intersections do pose a threat to path users. These intersections are clearly signed both to path users and motorists. From north to south, it runs through Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park, and Jackson Park.
Some attractions along the path are the South Shore Cultural Center, the Museum of Science and Industry, McCormick Place, Soldier Field, Chicago's Museum Campus, Monroe Harbor, Navy Pier, Belmont Harbor, and the Waveland Clock Tower. The Lakefront Trail connects most of the Chicago beaches and three skate parks .
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  • If you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful, scenic trail, this is the one for you. Awesome views of the amazing Chicago skyline and river! What more is there.  more »
  • Every Sunday, during the spring and summer, my wife and I make it a point to walk along Chicago's beautiful lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street Beach, sometimes as far as Navy Pier. It is...  more »
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