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The Bloomingdale Trail



Our cameras take you to the site of the future Bloomingdale Trail, a three-mile-long elevated linear park and trail that will run through the heart of Chicago and connect neighborhoods, the river, and Chicago's park system.

Learn more about the project and one of its ground-level access points by watching the video on the left.

Beth White, Director of the Chicago Office of the Trust for Public Land

Ben Helphand, Board President and Co-founder of Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail.


Courtesy Ben Helphand
Courtesy Ben Helphand

Learn about the Trail's past, present, and future

Watch a video by Free Spirit Media on the design charrette

View a pdf of recommendations from the design team

Browse the Trail's flickr pool and add your own photos


"Bike on by: Planning framework for Bloomingdale Trail wrapping up in Chicago" >
The Architect's Newspaper, Alan G. Brake, May 10, 2012

"City to buy Bloomingdale Trail route for $1--plus a little extra; public meeting with design team set for May 15" >
Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, May 9, 2012

"Emanuel touts citywide park plan, announces $7 million in corporate sponsorships for Bloomingdale Trail" >
Chicago Tribune, Kristen Mack and Blair Kamin, March 13, 2012

"City finds money for abandoned rail to become Bloomingdale Trail" >
Chicago Sun-Times, Lisa Donovan, March 12, 2012

"Chicago's next great public space? Push to turn dormant elevated line into vibrant path and park shows promise; Emanuel announcing final funds for project's first phase" >
Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, March 11, 2012

"The Bloomingdale Trail: From Chicago Railroad To A Corridor Of Green" >
The Huffington Post, Erin Chan Ding, October 13, 2011

"Chicago's Emerald Bracelet: Rahm Emanuel makes Bloomingdale Trail a first-term priority." >
The Architect's Newspaper, Tom Stoelker, June 9, 2011

"The Bloomingdale Trail: History, Background, and Frequently Asked Questions" >
CityOfChicago.org, 2011




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