While there is plenty of great running in downtown Chicago, we realize that many visitors end up in the city’s suburbs — known collectively as “Chicagoland”. Each community has its own character, culture, and economy. And opportunities for running in Chicago’s suburbs are abundant.
This is organized in two ways: by type of run: Forest Preserves, multi-use paths, residential areas, parks and trails; and favorites by area. The overview map is helpful, too.
Most visitors to Chicagoland will have a car. But the Chicago Transit Authority and Metra commuter rail do reach into the suburbs, making getting around easy. Lines stretch as far as Indiana, for destinations like Indiana Dunes State Park. The RTA Trip Planner can help you find a way to your ideal running route.
GR Chicago Downtown Running Guide Chicago Mag. Suburban ‘Field Guide’