North Shore Channel Trail

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Trail Distance: 6.7 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 30 min
Elevation Gain: 124 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
The North Shore Channel Trail runs along the North Channel from Lake Michigan in Evanston through Chicago, with the last quarter-mile following the North Branch of the Chicago River. This pawtastic trail runs along both sides of the Channel at once, with the northern trailhead located at Greenbay Road, and the southern at Ronan Park. You can decide which side of the channel to travel as both begin and end at the same endpoints. Or make it a loop!


The walk along the west side of the channel is pretty straightforward, but the east-bank trail involves some tricky navigation on trafficked streets and through a playground and/or an alley. Part of the trail is through a clearly industrial area, while other sections go through some trees on a dirt track. Cross streets vary in safety, some without street signals, others with them, and other trail sections passing below the traffic. You and your fur-pup may be joined on your trek by in-line skaters, bicyclists and folks in wheelchairs, so be sure to stay to the right to allow faster traffic to pass. And always remember to pick up after your pooch! There are handy waste receptacles along the trail.

The views on this trail are pawsome! Not only do you see sculptures depicting humans sitting, leaning, standing and other postures scattered about alongside the route, but the vegetation is lovely with many shade trees, lots of grass and the river and channel. Benches line the trail if you're about taking a break with Fido to rest, have a snack or just contemplate your beautiful surroundings. Groves interrupt the expanse of lawn, and street lamps light your way after dusk. A community garden sits alongside the trail, and is surrounded by a picturesque natural wood farm fence. 

Wildlife makes this watery corridor their home and you may be treated to the sights and sounds of beaver, coyote and ducks. Birds in the trees above will serenade with their chirping and screeching, as well. A bridge over the canal provides furtastic views up and downstream, and may treat you to sightings of many waterfowl.

The North Shore Canal Trail is a great length for all skill levels, from kids to elders. Bringing your furry bestie will add to the fun!

Trail Features
Wetland, Easy Incline, River, Urban
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

This is an urban trail with several street crossings. Be sure to stay aware of your surroundings, watch for traffic and keep Fido securely leashed. 

Address
N Francisco Ave and W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60625
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Address
N Francisco Ave and W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60625
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours