With the lake to the east and diverse neighborhoods, museums and recreational areas to the west, the south half of the Lakefront Trail is a great way to experience the city.
Since the Trail covers so much of the city, it’s easy to ride for as long as you'd like, and hop off when you're done. You can enter at any point, with many Divvy stations located on or very close to the Trail itself. Dock your bike along the way to see various attractions, and pick one back up when you're ready to ride again!
Here's our favorite South Side ride:
Grab a bike from our Streeter Dr & Grand Ave Station, located just off the Lakefront Trail near Navy Pier. Follow the detour signs south to access the Lakefront Trail.
Continue heading south along the trail for about a mile, during which you’ll pass sailboats, Loop skyscrapers, Grant Park, and Maggie Daley Park. If you’d like to stop off and explore any of these areas, dock at our Lakeshore Dr & Monroe St Station.
Keep heading south on the trail for another mile, and you’ll find yourself in the center of Museum Campus, home to some of the city’s most popular attractions. If you’d like to look around, you can dock at our Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, or Shedd Aquarium Stations.
Continuing another mile south on the trail, you’ll pass amazing skyline views from behind the planetarium. You’ll also see Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears NFL Team, and McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America.
When you’re ready to end your trip, keep heading south and dock at our Ft Dearborn Dr & 31st St Station, just off the trail. You’ll find yourself at 31st St Beach, a great place for sunbathing, a swim, or a picnic.
Popular attractions along Lakefront Trail South:
South Shore Cultural Center (South Shore Dr & 71st St station)
Museum of Science and Industry (Museum of Science and Industry station)
Promontory Point (Shore Dr & 55th St station)
31st St Beach (Fort Dearborn Dr & 31st St station)
Burnham Harbor (Burnham Harbor station)
Shedd Aquarium (Shedd Aquarium station)
Field Museum and Soldier Field (Field Museum station)
Northerly Island and Adler Planetarium (Adler Planetarium station)
Grant Park and Millennium Park (Lake Shore Dr & Monroe St station)
DuSable Harbor (DuSable Harbor station)
Navy Pier (Streeter Dr & Grand Ave station)