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Chicago's lakefront path

One of the new signs along Chicago's lakefront path
One of the new signs along Chicago's lakefront path
G. Smith 9.12.2010

If you live in the city of Chicago and you're a runner, you probably are very familiar with the lakefront path. The path is 18 measured miles long from Hollywood Avenue on the north side to 71st Street on the south.

Recently new Nike-sponsored mile marker signs have caused quite the stir around the area, especially because those signs are significantly different than the older markers in certain areas. As of now the mile marker project is not completed and hopefully the new signs will match up better with the old signage when the whole thing is done. Don't panic! You're probably not running significantly slower than you thought.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) hosts several webcams around the city and one includes the lakefront. If you need to know the exact temperature or what the winds are doing before you head out for your run, check out their website.

We all love the path. It is part of our responsibility to keep it maintained so that it is available to all who wish to use it. If you see something along the path, please contact the Chicago Park District. The Park District has a lakefront trail maintenance number solely for this purpose: 312/742-5239.

Let's continue to enjoy one of the best attractions of this city. Head over to the path today.

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