Chicago Lakefront Trail
The Chicago Lakefront Trail (abbreviated as LFT) is a foreshoreway for walking and cycling, running 18-mile (29 km) along the coast of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois . The path connects various beaches and recreational amenities located along the lake front and also serves as an option to bicycle commuters.
The trail is located wholly within the Chicago city limits and spans from 7100 South/2560 East to 5800 North/1000 West. It is a dedicated-use path, although frequent intersections do pose a threat to path users. These intersections are clearly signed both to path users and motorists. From north to south, it runs through Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park, and Jackson Park.
Some attractions along the path (listed from south to north) are the South Shore Country Club, the Museum of Science and Industry, McCormick Place, Soldier Field, Chicago's Museum Campus, Monroe Harbor, Navy Pier, Belmont Harbor, the Waveland Clock Tower, and most of the Chicago beaches.
Path maintenance is solely provided by the Chicago Park District and their subcontractors. The Lakefront Trail is open 24 hours a day, but the parks and beaches along the path close at 11 PM.
The Illinois-Grand Problem
From Randolph Street through Illinois Street the Lakefront Trail shares the pedestrian sidewalk on lower-level Lake Shore Drive, which is very heavily congested during the warm-weather months. In order to reduce the conflicts between pedestrian and bicycles and avoid the very busy intersections at Illinois St and Grand Avenue, the Chicago Department of Transportation has been working to obtain Federal funding for a mixed-mode flyover that would run alongside the upper level of the Drive from north of the Ohio Street Beach to Randolph, with an exit in the middle serving Navy Pier and DuSable Park. This project has both city and Federal approvals and is awaiting funding