Chicago Lakefront Path (South) & Riverwalk

CYCLE CHICAGO, SIGHTSEEING RIDE, CHICAGO LAKEFRONT PATH (SOUTH) & RIVERWALK Our world famous, world class lakefront is quintessential Chicago and a glorious place to spend a day. This ride covers the less crowded southern section that’s just as beautiful, safe and scenic as its northern counterpart. We start at the new Chicago Riverwalk because it links the two waterways that define Chicago. Also, the riverwalk is sure to please and surprise since it keeps getting extended and improved. While the northern section of the Chicago Lakefront Path is notoriously crowded on summer weekends, the southern section is refreshingly uncrowded. As such, the joggers, skaters, walkers and cyclists here seem friendlier and less aggressive. This ride is guaranteed to provide a good workout, but it’s also stress free and relaxing. The path is well maintained, beautifully landscaped and lined with trees, flowers and statuary through a stunning parade of parks: Millennium, Grant, Burnham and Jackson. While the lakefront is a great place to enjoy Chicago’s natural beauty, the Chicago Riverwalk is a great place to take in the city’s magnificent architecture, canyons of skyscrapers and boat traffic. This relatively new attraction keeps getting better as the city keeps extending it westward and adding new attractions, restaurants, seating areas and activities. Save time at the beginning or end of the ride to visit the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum at Michigan Avenue, which offers information on the history of the river and a rare view of the inner workings of Chicago’s bridges. FOOD AND DRINK Umpteen food and drink options. ACCESS This ride is easy to get to by transit. By “L” there’s the Red Line to Lake; Blue Line to Clark/Lake; and Brown, Purple, Pink, Green or Orange lines to State/Lake. Several CTA buses and Metra lines serve the area, as well. By car, exit Lake Shore Drive at Wacker Drive and drive to Wabash Avenue. Several parking facilities ring the start point.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 36.0
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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