Bike Trails

Illinois Prairie Path Elmhurst to Wheaton IL

One of the first rail-trails in the country, the 55-mile Illinois Prairie Path is a pitchfork-shaped trail in the heart of the Chicago suburbs. This hiking, bicycling, equestrian and nature trail in DuPage and Kane counties stretches from Elmhurst to Wheaton, where it splits into four spurs that lead to the Fox River in Elgin, Batavia, Aurora and Geneva.

The Illinois Prairie Path, in addition to being a nationally recognized recreation facility for the entire family, is also a natural science laboratory, a 55-mile-long bird observatory, a nostalgic trip for fans of “The Great Third Rail, a link among many municipal parks and county forest preserves, a connection to other bicycle paths, and a commuter route for non-motorized travel.


Lakefront Bike Path East of Lakeshore Drive Chicago IL

From north of Rogers Park (Hollywood) south to about 75th street and the South Shore Cultural Center is Chicago’s outstanding Lakefront Bike Path. Its great! Bike, run, walk, rollerblade, even swim your way past beautiful parks, neighborhoods, and Chicago’s wonderful skyline.

There are plenty of kiosks and water fountains along the way to grab a snack or drink, and plenty of tunnels and bridges to get you over or under Lakeshore Drive if you need something more substantial to eat or whet your whistle. Or, keep on truckin’ until you hit Navy Pier! The path goes all the way around it.

Piers along the bike path jut out into the Lake, and there are plenty of beaches for you to stop and catch a few rays or take a dip. Also, you’ll find all sorts of basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, playgrounds – even a golf course.

The bike path is a great way to get exercise as well as see the city. Residents and visitors alike should take advantage of this valuable city asset. Enjoy!


North Shore Bike Path I-94 and Route 176 Lake Bluff IL

Bicyclists now can pedal along seven and one-half miles of uninterrupted North Shore Bike Path, which runs from the Robert McClory Bike Path in Lake Bluff to Brice Avenue in Mundelein.

Completion of a two-mile portion of the bike path between Lamb’s Farm and 4th Avenue in Libertyville is important because it includes the intersection of two major Lake County recreational facilities: the North Shore Bike Path and the Des Plaines River Trail.

Biking is not only a great way to get around; its a healthy way to spend time with your family, in the outdoors, and enjoying nature. The North Shore Bike Path is a lovely, safe, entertaining opportunity to turn a drab, run-of-the-mill afternoon into an extrememly pleasant ride.

Get on your wheels and hit the road!