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Your one stop shop for trail news and conditions in the Chicagoland area. User generated, so please add a report if you're on any of the region's bike trails.

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Fox River Trail 12 Replies

This Discussion is to provide up-to-date information regarding the Fox River Trail. As you ride it, provide a brief report hereContinue

Started by spencewine. Last reply by Adam Z Mar 31.

Major Taylor Trail 2 Replies

This Discussion is to provide up-to-date information regarding the Major Taylor Trail. When you ride it, please provide a brief report here.Continue

Started by Anne Alt. Last reply by Anne Alt Feb 14.

Illinois Prarie Path - News and Conditions 5 Replies

This Discussion is to provide up-to-date information regarding the Illinois Prarie Path. As you ride it, provide a brief report here.Continue

Started by spencewine. Last reply by paulcycles Jan 3.

Robert McClory Trail (Lake County, IL)

I'd like to mention that, while the Robert McClory Trail technically starts in Highland Park (on it's south end), the Green Bay trail continues south into Wilmette. These two connected paths are paved and crushed limestone (50/50ish). It's a…Continue

Started by Marcusn Oct 7, 2013.

Pecatonica Prairie Trail 2 Replies

Concerns the trail that, at least in spirit, extends from Freeport, IL to just outside of Rockford, IL. I'm relatively new to Chicagoland, so any corrections welcome.Continue

Tags: Conditions, Trail, Prairie, Pecatonica

Started by Glenn Bradford. Last reply by Bob Kastigar Sep 3, 2013.

Jane Addams Trail 1 Reply

This trail has its own website, but trail conditions are on the Rails to Trails site. This is a super easy…Continue

Tags: Conditions, Trail, Addams, Jane

Started by Glenn Bradford. Last reply by Glenn Bradford Sep 2, 2013.

Long Prairie Trail 1 Reply

This trail extends from South Beloit, IL to west of Harvard, IL. Main trail reference is on the Rails to Trails page.  I recommend reading comments there as well if…Continue

Tags: Conditions, Trail, Prairie, Long

Started by Glenn Bradford. Last reply by Glenn Bradford Sep 2, 2013.

Millenium trail - Lake County 1 Reply

This trail is in development. Appreciate any comments on the status of the trail and whether this is a good trail to connect to McHenry…Continue

Started by Duppie. Last reply by Serge Lubomudrov Aug 28, 2013.

Great Western Trail 2 Replies

The purpose of this discussion is to provide up-to-date information regarding the Great Western Trail. As you ride it, provide a brief report here.Continue

Started by Chris C. Last reply by Tim Heckman Aug 18, 2013.

Desplaines River Trail 4 Replies

This Discussion is to provide up-to-date information regarding the Desplaines River Trail. As you ride it, provide a brief report hereContinue

Started by spencewine. Last reply by peter moormann Aug 16, 2013.

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Comment by Lisa Curcio 4.1 mi on November 7, 2013 at 1:30pm

I did ride to the park at 87th Street on Sunday morning.  I love how the south end of the LFP is so empty, and the farther south one goes the emptier it gets.  There was very little traffic on South Shore Drive, and even less on the South Lake Shore Drive extension.  The roads are so nicely paved--what a pleasure.  The park seemed to attract a lot of people just walking around the path and others walking dogs.  I really enjoyed my little jaunt.

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on October 31, 2013 at 1:21pm

I guess we will try this new bike lane on our way to Three Floyds this Saturday ;)

Comment by Tom Z on October 31, 2013 at 12:38pm

Yes Lisa... When you go into the album you can click "photo details" you will then see a map of the picture. I used my phone to take the pictures, so it captured the GPS location. Enjoy!

Comment by Lisa Curcio 4.1 mi on October 31, 2013 at 12:27pm

Thank you, Tom Z.  Just what I was looking for.  The park looks a bit like urban ruins right now. :-)  Is it on the north side of the mouth of the Calumet River?

Comment by Tom Z on October 31, 2013 at 12:20pm

@Lisa Curcio... Once you get to the south-end of the LFP, you will ride on the S. South Shore Drive bike lane. This will take you straight to the new bike lanes. At 79th street you will make a slight left onto S. Lake Shore Drive.  Google maps does show the new road, but still doesn't have the bicycle lanes marked.

Here's a link to the Google Map:

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=41.752377,-87.548139&...

I was down there on Monday and there were quite a few people riding bikes on the new bike lanes.

Here's a picture I took just before I left:

I took some pictures of a park while I was down there.

Here's a link to the pictures I took:

2013 1028 Lake Shore Drive Extension and local park

It looks like it will be a well used extension for bicycles and A nice park should be developing over the next few years.

Comment by Lisa Curcio 4.1 mi on October 31, 2013 at 11:43am

Not really a trail, but I am wondering about the new Lake Shore Drive Extension and how it connects to the LFP.  I am thinking of riding down there some time this weekend just for the heck of it.  When I get to the end of the LFP is the connection to the extension going to be obvious?

Comment by spencewine on May 22, 2013 at 1:36pm

Globalguy, feel free to start a new discussion on those trails, just follow the general format. I definitely don't know of all the trails in the area and rely on users to update this.

Comment by globalguy on May 21, 2013 at 8:05pm

I would suggest Salt Creek Trail, both north and south, as well as North Branch Trail. These might be of assistance:

Cook County Trails

DuPage County Trails

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on May 17, 2013 at 11:13am

Done :)

Comment by spencewine on May 17, 2013 at 11:04am

Welcome - if you know cyclists who use the Chicagoland bike trail network, please invite them to the community!

 

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