Lakefront Trail

Get ready for an improved North Branch Trail

We’re getting closer and closer to seeing the popular North Branch trail extended 3 miles further south, adding low-stress connections from the North Branch Trail to the Sauganash, Lakefront and Weber Spur trails.

Construction on the trail extension, which has been in the works since 2005, is anticipated to start in the spring of 2015 and will take approximately a year to complete. Many supporters attended the most recent public meeting in August, when the Forest Preserve District of Cook County updated the community on project.

Bike, eat, repeat!

Come for a ride with us! On Sunday, September 7, you're invited to join us for the Four-Star Bike & Chow

This go-at-your-own-pace ride follows four bike-friendly routes (see right) curated by our friends at the Chicago Cycling Club.

Expect to encounter hidden parks, eye-catching architecture and plenty of Chicago history.

Not only is the ride interesting and fun, we’ve made it convenient.

Show your support for North Branch Trail extension at Aug. 21 public meeting

We invite you to attend an upcoming public meeting on Thursday, August 21 to show your support for the Cook County Forest Preserve’s North Branch Trail extension project. 

If you walk, jog or bike on the North Branch Trail then you have experienced moving from busy streets into quiet woods where the sounds of the city quickly fade away. You may have seen a deer or two.

Lakefront trail conditions

Active Trans shares regular updates on Chicago’s Lakefront Trail conditions as a service to thousands of daily trail users.

Our updates cover trail conditions, events and activities that impact the trail, detours and trail-related news.

We gather our information from our staff, partners and everyday trail users.

Follow trail updates

In addition to watching the news feed to the right, you can follow our updates through these avenues:

Via Twitter: @activetransLFT or view the feed below.

New York City’s West Side Highway conversion

 As Chicago begins a long process to reconstruct North Lake Shore Drive, one of our city’s most iconic streets, the Active Transportation Alliance and a coalition of 15 civic organiz

Portland’s visionary approach to waterfront parks

As Chicago begins a long process to reconstruct North Lake Shore Drive, one of our city’s most iconic streets, the Active Transportation Alliance and a coalition of 15 civic organizations

Lakefront Trail Activities, Nov. 10&11

Permitted activities that may affect your use of the Lakefront Trail.

Sat., Nov. 10

Accessing the Lakefront Trail from Millennium Park

The Chicago Park District recently started construction on Maggie Daley Park and has fenced off a section of North Grant Park that many people had been pass

Lakefront trail users share priorities and experiences through Web survey

To help shape our advocacy efforts for improving the Lakefront Trail, Friends of the Lakefront Trail has been actively gather

Be prepared for Lakefront Trail closures during NATO Summit

Notice: This post was updated on Wednesday, May 16.