Chicago: Downtown & Central

Lincoln Park & Lakefront Loop

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This route primarily features Lincoln Park, with a loop option incorporating the Lakefront Path. Chicago’s largest park is an urban classic, featuring open and wooded paths, passing a conservatory, zoo, museum, theater, and a pond. A full loop of Lincoln Park can be 3-4 miles, if the ~1 mile loop around North Pond across Fullerton Ave. is included.

Northern Avenue Beach Pier

Start in Lincoln Park, or, if desired, from the Northern Avenue Beach on the Lakefront Path. To make this a loop incorporating the Lakefront Path, use the Fullerton Ave. underpass at the northern end. Our mapped route includes a scenic, 1-mile out and back jaunt to the North Avenue Beach Pier (great views!).

Add-Ons: Many additional miles on the Lakefront Path. Also, the Lincoln Park neighborhood, just west of the park, is one of Chicago’s more affluent neighborhoods and is pleasant for running.

Essentials
  • 4.1 miles (6.6 km) for loop, including 1 mile out and back to North Avenue Beach Pier
  • Flat
  • In Lincoln Park. Access from Lakefront Path at Northern Avenue Beach or Fullerton Ave.
  • Access Points to Lincoln Park from Lakefront Path: Northern Blvd./Beach, Fullerton Ave., Diversey Pkwy.

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Essentials
  • 4.1 miles (6.6 km) for loop, including 1 mile out and back to North Avenue Beach Pier
  • Flat
  • In Lincoln Park. Access from Lakefront Path at Northern Avenue Beach or Fullerton Ave.
  • Access Points to Lincoln Park from Lakefront Path: Northern Blvd./Beach, Fullerton Ave., Diversey Pkwy.