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Hydration Stations

Supporting the Chicagoland community year-round!

CARA/Fleet Feet hydration stations, collaboratively supported by Gatorade Endurance, provide trail users hydration along the Chicago Lakefront Trail, as well as at various trailheads at suburban CARA training sites.


Hydration stations serve water and Gatorade Endurance Formula, a specialized sports drink formulated with nearly 2x the sodium and 3x the potassium of traditional Gatorade. Gatorade Endurance Formula contains no artificial flavors and has a light taste. Gatorade is served on the course at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and properly hydrating at CARA hydration stations will ensure runners are prepared for their individual hydration needs on race day.

Stations are welcoming to all trail users. Stations provide compostable cups from self-service dispensers, and fluids are dispensed from coolers with high-flow spouts. Users are encouraged to self-carry a bottle or collapsible cup for station refill, to support sustainability efforts and to reduce trash.

Volunteers are needed to help operate stations. Interested persons can email: to sign up. 

Station's Are A Collaborative Effort, Supported By:
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Chicago Lakefront Trail Locations

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Montrose Beach




Belmont Harbor


Diversey Harbor


North Ave. Beach


Ohio St. Beach


Monroe Harbor


Waldron Drive


Oakwood Blvd.


Promontory Point

Summer Hydration Schedule

Saturdays - June 15 to October 5, 2024

  • Stations: Montrose Beach, Waveland, Diversey Harbor, North Ave. Beach, Monroe Harbor, Waldron Dr., Oakwood Blvd., Promontory Point.

  • Schedule: All stations open between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. See detailed close time schedule HERE.

Sundays - June 16 to October 6, 2024

  • Stations: Montrose Beach, Belmont Harbor, North Ave. Beach, Ohio St Beach (dates vary), Waldron Dr. (dates vary)

  • Schedule: All stations open between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. See detailed close time schedule HERE​.

Winter/Spring Hydration Schedule

Saturdays - November 18 to May 16 

  • Stations: Various stations are open during the winter and spring months
  • For the full list of winter/spring stations click HERE
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