Cruising Chicago's Lakefront Trail

Chicago Lakefront Trail at dusk
Chicago Lakefront Trail at dusk

Timing is everything when it comes to biking Chicago's Lakefront Trail, especially from the comfy seat of a beach cruiser. Sandwiched between the city's legendary skyline and the ocean-like views of Lake Michigan, the 18-mile trail traverses everything from city parks, harbors and a dozen or so beaches to long, uninterrupted stretches of pathway. It is the undisputed champion of Chicago's views. Not surprisingly, it draws both locals and visitors at all hours, sometimes in droves and especially in summer when the beaches are a main reason to come to the city. Knowing when to go can make all the difference in the world.