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See Chicagoland on These 12 Bike Paths!

From the bustling and beautiful Chicago Lakefront Trail to the lengthier Des Plaines River Trail, we present a dozen bike paths throughout Lake, DeKalb, and Cook counties.

Algonquin Road Trail

This asphalt trail covers 8.8 miles while encircling the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve – combining with the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve Trail. The trail is located in Hoffman Estates in the northwest Chicago area.

Busse Woods Bike Trail

Stretching for over 11 miles, the Busse Woods Bike Trail courses through the 3,700-acre Ned Brown Forest Preserve. Also set in northwestern Chicago, the asphalt multipurpose trail is located in Elk Grove Village.

Chicago Lakefront Trail

One of the most famous bike paths in the Chicago area, the Lakefront Trail follows the shore of Lake Michigan in downtown Chitown. LFT spans 18 miles, and connects city parks like Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park, and Jackson Park.


Des Plaines River Trail

Des Plaines River Trail

One of the lengthier trails we recommend, the Des Plaines River Trail is a crushed-stone path covering over 56 miles. The trail follows the Des Plaines River in western Chicago in both Cook and Lake counties.

Fox River Bike Trail

Stretching for 43 miles, the Fox River Bike Trail is a multipurpose pathway following the Fox River.

Using asphalt, concrete, and crushed stone, this rail-trail is accessed by the Algonquin trailhead and Aurora trailhead.

Great Western Bike Trail

Accessed through St. Charle, the Great Western Bike Trail is a 17-mile multipurpose trail in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. This rail trail uses crushed limestone while coursing through De Kalb and Kane counties.

Green Bay Bike Trail

Using asphalt, concrete, and crushed stone, the Green Bay Trail follows the Chicago's Metra Union Pacific North line for nine miles in the northern metro area. Found in Cook and Lake counties, and connects cities like Kenilworth, Winnetka, Highland Park, and Lake Bluff.

Illinois Prairie Path

Coursing 61 miles across Cook, Du Page, and Kane counties, the Illinois Prairie Path is a multipurpose rail-trail on asphalt, concrete, and crushed stone. The IPP is divided into three sections: Main Branch, the Aurora Branch, and the Elgin Branch.


North Shore Bike Path

Millennium Trail

Set in northern Chicago, the 35-mle Millennium Trail in northwestern Lake County. Head to Wauconda for trailhead access in the Lakewood Winter Sports Area, as the trail ends in Forest View Park in Lindenhurst.

North Branch Trail

Set in Cook County, the asphalt North Branch Trail stretches for 20 miles along the Chicago River. The trails starts (or ends) at the Chicago Botanic Garden, connecting to the Caldwell Woods Preserve.

North Shore Bike Path

The Lake County North Shore Bike Path is a 7.7-mile multipurpose trail is accessed from the Des Plaines River Trail or Robert McClory Bike Path.

Poplar Creek Trail

The asphalt Poplar Creek Trail stretches for 9.5 miles – found in Hoffman Estates surrounding the Poplar Creek Forest Preserve.


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Inn & Suites - Midway Airport

8220 S Cicero Avenue, Burbank IL 60459-1510
Phone: +1 708-497-3000  |  Fax: (708) 497-3019  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western River North Hotel

125 W Ohio Street, Chicago IL 60654-7168
Phone: +1 312-467-0800  |  Fax: (312) 467-1665  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Grant Park Hotel

1100 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605-2301
Phone: +1 312-922-2900  |  Fax: (312) 347-2828  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel

3434 N Broadway Avenue, Chicago IL 60657-2516
Phone: +1 773-244-3434  |  Fax: (773) 244-3435  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Chicagoland - Countryside

6251 Joliet Road, Countryside IL 60525-3958
Phone: +1 708-354-5200  |  Fax: +1 708-354-5200  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Des Plaines Inn

1231 Lee Street, Des Plaines IL 60018-1512
Phone: +1 847-297-2100  |  Fax: (847) 297-7884  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Glenview-Chicagoland Inn & Suites

4514 W Lake Avenue, Glenview IL 60026-1447
Phone: +1 847-635-5220  |  Fax: (847) 635-5219  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Chicago Hillside

4400 Frontage Road, Hillside IL 60162-1734
Phone: +1 708-544-9300  |  Fax: (708) 544-7600  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Morton Grove Inn

9424 Waukegan Road, Morton Grove IL 60053-1352
Phone: +1 847-965-6400  |  Fax: (847) 965-6428  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Chicago Southland

4375 Frontage Road, Oak Forest IL 60452-4628
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Best Western at O'Hare

10300 W Higgins Road, Rosemont IL 60018-3818
Phone: +1 847-296-4471  |  Fax: (847) 296-4958  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Oakbrook Inn

669 Pasquinelli Drive, Westmont IL 60559-1251
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