Ask ChicagoNow: Where is the best place to take a walk in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: Where is the best place to take a walk in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds.

With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.

Where is the best place to take a walk in Chicago?

“As an avid travel enthusiast, I walk. Everywhere. That is the best way to discover things you wouldn’t see if riding public transportation or in a car. I especially love exploring alleys.” — Sher BonDurant, On Tap in the Windy City

“Longwood Drive between 95th and 112th – there are plenty of great houses, and it’s a nice twisting, turning road. I’m lucky enough to live between two great libraries; if I walk north for a little over a mile, I can head to Walker Branch; a mile south, I’m at Beverly Branch. And this time of the year, the foliage is *gorgeous*.” — Gordon Dymowski, One Cause At A Time

“Walk east from DePaul down Belden to the zoo on Cannon Drive. Also east 53rd, Harper to LSD.” — Charles W Johnson, The Vociferous Envoy

“As a gal who would rather not go to the city (ever), I go to Starved Rock State Park for a ‘walk’; it’s hiking, if we’re truthful. Beautiful, glorious hiking in the woods. If you stop for a moment, you will hear the leaves rustle in the trees as a breeze gently brushes by, you will smell the pine and the natural composting wafting up from under your feet as your weight crushes and releases it’s essence, and you will feel the peace that being surrounded by God’s creation and the glory of nature offers simply by existing.” — Marie Larsen, There’s a Bug In My Coffee

“Most forest preserve trails.” — Judy Marcus, Opinionated Woman

“All places are best explored by foot. My favorite walk begins in the Ogilvie Transportation Center downstairs in the French Market. Then head out on Randolph to Wacker Driver along the river. Take State Street going north. Stop in P.O.S.H. at 613 N. State to see what’s new from Paris flea markets. Continue north. For good luck I put my finger in the bullet hole where Hymie Weiss was shot during the Capone era at the front of Holy Name Cathedral at 735 N. State. Keep heading north for a gelato at Whispers Cafe in the “Viagra Triangle.” Take a break and sit for some major people watching. Depending on the time of day, head over to Restoration Hardware at 1300 N. Dearborn and have a coffee or glass of wine in the gorgeous 3 Arts Cafe. While I prefer walks in nature in my neighborhood, this is my ideal city walk and it only takes an hour.” — Terry Parrilli, Very Terry

“Around Lincoln Park down to the North Avenue beach path.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

Lead image via Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune

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