The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Bloomingdale Trail

Bloomingdale Trail

The Bloomingdale Trail is one of only a handful of innovative projects in the world that creates new open space in a dense urban neighborhood on abandoned elevated rail lines. Only the second project of its type in the nation and the first in Chicago, the trail runs from the Chicago River to Ridgeway Avenue. Design and engineering are underway on this 2.8-mile linear park located on an above-grade right-of-way on Chicago’s northwest side.

Trail access facilities that double as neighborhood parks are being acquired and developed along the route, and fund raising is ongoing. This adaptive re-use of industrial infrastructure takes a pioneering approach to the Green Legacy goal of expanding neighborhood green space that will provide recreation, off-road connections across neighborhoods with non-motorized transportation and an “escape to nature” in the heart of the city. Partners in the project include the Trust for Public Land, City of Chicago and the Friends of Bloomingdale Trail.

For a print-friendly fact sheet on the Bloomingdale Trail, click here.

Program Partners

Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.The Trust ...[MORE]

City of Chicago

The City of Chicago, Mayor's Office, Mayor's Office of Special Events, Department of Aviation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of the Environment, Department of Transportation and Department of Planning and Development will commemorate the Centennial of the Burnham Plan of ...[MORE]

Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail

Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail is a 501(c)3 non-profit grassroots organization advocating for the conversion of the unused Bloomingdale railroad in Chicago into a multi-use, elevated linear park.[MORE]

Trust for Public Land

Contact: Andrew Vesselinovitch, 312-427-1979 ext.

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