July 13 Open House

Come join Grow Greater Englewood and the City of Chicago for an Open House to view and comment on a proposed new trail along the 59th Street Line between Hoyne Avenue and Lowe Avenue in Englewood. Click here to download and view flyer!

The Open House will be at Charles Henderson Elementary School, 5650 S. Wolcott Avenue.  Come any time between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Department of Planning & Development (DPD) will host the Open House for the purpose of creating a multi-use trail along the former elevated rail line. The line will be the first phase of a vision for a trail loop that will connect the 49th and 59th abandoned rail lines through the neighborhoods of Englewood, West Englewood and Back of the Yards.

The idea for the trail came out of many past planning efforts including the idea of an agriculture district in the Englewood Quality of Life Plan, the 2009 New Era Plan, the 2014 Green Healthy Neighborhoods Plan, the work of Growing Home and many other efforts to bring new investment to the community.

We hope to see you at the Open House to hear your thoughts on the proposed trail.

Go on A Virtual Visit! 

Check out this video of a walking tour on the Englewood Line Trail.

Take The Survey!

We want to hear from you! Take the Englewood Line Vision Survey to share your thoughts and ideas regarding the proposed Englewood Line Trail.

About The Project

The Englewood Line Trail is a proposed 1.7 mile trail that will provide recreation, transportation, and a connection to nature to the residents of Englewood and surrounding communities. The trail will be located along an elevated former rail structure between Hoyne Avenue on the west and Halsted Street on the east. Conversion to a trail has been recommended by the community in several past plans, including the Green Healthy Neighborhoods Plan, the Englewood Quality-of-Life Plan, and the New Era Trail Plan. In 2014, the City of Chicago passed an ordinance authorizing the transfer of the former “Englewood Connecting Line” from Norfolk Southern Railway Company as part of a larger land transfer to expand an intermodal yard. The land transfer enables the City of Chicago to move forward with the design of a new trail that will further several community interests:

  • Create a safe trail for community use;
  • Connect a variety of uses and destinations that are currently in place or are planned to be developed;
  • Provide a source of jobs both for the construction of the trail as well as an anchor for economic development along the trail;
  • Enhance community safety by improving the pedestrian and bicycle environment in Englewood; and
  • Improve public health through the development of the trail and open space.

Please provide your input to the trail by taking the public survey or offering a comment through the Share an Idea feature.

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