Road Running in Chicago, IL
About Chicago Road Running
It should come as no surprise that Chicago is one of the strongest running communities in the country. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is typically the second largest marathon in the country—and often the world—with nearly 40,000 finishers each year.
Of course the crown jewel for Chicago runners is the Lakefront Path. The 18.5-mile path starts at Hollywood Avenue on the North Side and hugs Lake Michigan all the way to the Chicago Cultural Center at South Shore Drive.
In the far western suburbs, he Fox River Trail stretches all the way from Algonquin in the north to Oswego in the south, 43 miles in all. There are stretches that veer away from the river or use an occasional city street, but particularly in the northern part of the trail you’re never very far from the Fox.
The North Branch Trail links together the many forest preserves and green spaces along the North Branch of the Chicago River from the northwest side of Chicago all the way to the Botanic Gardens in Glencoe.
You can run for more than 40 miles along the Fox River from Algonquin to Oswego along the scenic Fox River.
Both the east and west branches of the DuPage River feature an ever-growing trail system that is becoming one of the best in the area
This 17 mile trail runs from Caldwell Woods in Chicago to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe.
The paved roads of the Morton Arboretum are a beautiful, hilly place to get in the miles—especially in the winter when the trails are covered in snow.
The jewel of Chicago, this 18.5-mile paved path offers riders amazing views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline.
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