Name: Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl
Location: Chicago Lakefront
Distance: 18 miles, starting up north at Hollywood and snuggly hugging the lakefront all the way south to 71st Street
Why I love this run: As you head south along the lake running into the Chicago skyline with Lakeshore Drive on your right and Lake Michigan on your left, the scenery is breathtaking and the ambiance whisks you away making you feel like you’re almost in another land. There are plenty of water fountains, public restrooms, and random secret paths for runners to veer off on. From the zoo, to Navy Pier, to sandy shaded pathways, all are free game for runners who like to explore. During the summer months Fleet Feet Chicago sets up shop at several points along the lake handing out free Gatorade, water, and occasionally Gu’s to trail users. The path is open year round where it does get a bit congested during the summer months, but is a wide open and desolate place for runners brave enough to take their chances with the ruthless winter weather. It is maintained year round and in the winter months is one of the only places in the city that is clear of snow and ice for runners. It’s a great place for some friendly competition and to sweat it out for speed work or long runs as the path is mostly interrupted.
If you’re a ham for urban environments but like a bit of the nautical side in your life, the Chicago Lakefront Trail is the ideal place for you.