The Englewood Line is a 1.7-mile elevated railroad that is being proposed as a Nature Trail to add critical recreational space in Englewood. The abandoned Englewood Line is located between 58th and 59th Streets, from Wallace (east of Halsted) to Hoyne (west of Damen).
Conversion to a trail has been recommended in several past plans, including the Green Healthy Neighborhoods Plan, and is part of the urban agriculture district recommended in the 2005 Englewood Quality-of-Life Plan. The rail property is currently owned by Norfolk Southern, but is in the process of being transferred to public ownership.
The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development is leading the trail conversion effort. It has contracted with the urban planning firm Teska Associates for project management. The City and Teska will work with residents, community organizations, and local businesses to provide input into the design and implementation of a nature trail. Community outreach is being led by Grow Greater Englewood. Other team members include Brook Architecture and Prism Engineering to provide design and engineering support; both are minority- and woman-owned firms.
Greencorps Chicago will conduct trail cleanup and light construction to prepare the trail for use.
Are you a resident of Englewood? Are you interested in the Englewood Line trail? Do you have an idea or comment about how the trail should be developed? Share your thoughts on what the future of the trail should be to best serve the Englewood community. Please click here to visit the ‘Share an Idea’ page! The Teska team will collect ideas and comments submitted online and include them with other input provided by residents, community organizations and others at public outreach meetings.
This website has been created by Teska Associates, Inc. as a way to seek input from residents as a part of a community participation process.