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Information For Trail Openings

Chicago's Lakefront Trail, 606 / Bloomingdale Trail, and Riverwalk are opening!

There are specific guidelines users must follow for safety, and to ensure that these trails remain open. CARA also urges the public to follow its running safety guidelines. Please also consider running during off-peak hours, and on occasion seeking out other parks to help lessen congestion on these popular trails. Check out our guide to local parks HERE.


Details on the opening of the Lakefront Trail: (See Chicago Park District official information HERE)

  • The trail will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Beaches, playgrounds, fitness equipment, athletic fields, courts and greens spaces along the trail will remain closed.

  • “Keep it Moving” - Running, walking, biking, and similar. Gathering and standing on the trail will NOT be permitted.

  • Social Distancing Ambassadors will be stationed along the trail to educate the public and manage the flow of traffic.

  • The Chicago Park District will reduce access points by 50 percent to help with the management of the trail (Access Map).

  • Lakefront parking lots will remain closed. Seek parking on the west side of Lake Shore Drive when needed.

  • Fountains and bathrooms will not open on June 22. Be sure to self carry hydration.

  • Due to the significant lakefront storm damage and high lake levels, three sections of the lakefront trail will merge to accommodate users. From Fullerton to North Avenue will be a shared trail. North Avenue to Ohio Street, trail users will be redirected to an on-street detour. From 43rd Street to 51st Street, users will merge onto one trail. Additional signage and SDA resources will be implemented along both stretches to ensure social distancing. The Park District will notify users as construction projects are completed in those sections and normal trail use is restored.​


Details on the opening of the 606 / Bloomingdale Trail:

  • The trail will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Beaches, playgrounds, fitness equipment, athletic fields, courts and greens spaces along the trail will remain closed.

  • “Keep it Moving” - Running, walking, biking, and similar. Gathering and standing on the trail will NOT be permitted.

  • Social Distancing Ambassadors will be stationed along the trail to educate the public and manage the flow of traffic.

  • Fountains and bathrooms will not open on June 22. Be sure to self carry hydration.


Details on the opening of the Riverwalk Trail:

  • Open from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Additional open hours for business along the Riverwalk)

  • “Keep it Moving” - Running, walking, biking, and similar. Gathering and standing on the trail will NOT be permitted.

  • Social Distancing Ambassadors will be stationed along the trail to educate the public and manage the flow of traffic.​

Trail users for ALL trails are required to adhere to the following safety guidelines as applied to all park users:

  • Wear a face mask at all times

  • Maintain social distance from other trail users, keeping 6-feet away from others who are not in your immediate family or living with you

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently

  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing

  • Stay home if you are sick


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The Chicago Area Runners Association, CARA, is a non-profit organization committed to serving and advocating for the local running community. We are Chicagoland’s running club, providing accessible opportunities for all runners to train, race, learn, be social and volunteer. 

CARA, with over 10,000 members, is the nation’s third-largest running club, serving as the voice of local runners, as well as providing over 1,300 dates of programming and events per year.

 

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