Burnham Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Seemingly serene, this long and linear lakefront walk through Burnham Park covers a lot of ground that’s been contentious, embarrassing or simply notorious in the city’s past. The park is named after Chicago’s great planner Daniel Burnham, who envisioned a lakefront park on the South Side as early as the 1890s. However, the inevitable delays meant that the six-mile long park linking Grant and Jackson parks didn’t really come to fruition until the 1920s and 1930s. Before then the lakefront was swampy and dotted with small beaches. Even when the park was first complete, however, access was hampered by the existing Illinois Central railroad tracks and South Lake Shore Drive, which was completed as part of the park. In fact access is still a problem, and much of the park south of McCormick Place is very quiet. A smattering of joggers, anglers, bike-riders and walkers enjoy the solitude."