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A Perfect Summer Eve: CNU-Illinois Leads a Successful Tour Along the Bloomingdale Trail | Congress for the New Urbanism

A Perfect Summer Eve: CNU-Illinois Leads a Successful Tour Along the Bloomingdale Trail

A beautiful night, an amazing turnout, and an elevated railway ready for remediation were all that was needed for an incredibly successful CNU-Illinois led event last night.

CNU-IL, our local chapter based out of Chicago, joined with partners the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, the Chicago Department of TransportationChicago Park District, Active Transportation Alliance and The Trust for Public Land for an insightful and informative peek into the transformation of the Bloomingdale Trail.

Nearly 70 attendees came out after work and joined CNU-IL and its partners for a tour alongside various points of the trail. A very special thanks goes out to Gia Biagi of the Chicago Park District, Ben Helphand of Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, Janet Attarian of the City of Chicago, Julia Kim of Active Transportation Alliance, Beth White of The Trust for Public Land, CNU-IL's Zach Borders and Lesley Roth, and CNU-National's Nora Beck for helping to organize and lead the event.

And of course, an extra special thanks goes to all those who attended and continued on the conversation at our post-tour pub hangout, Floyd's Pub. If you couldn't make it out, enjoy the pics below, and stay tuned for information on other CNU-led tours and events coming soon!

CNU's Nora Beck and CNU-IL's Zach Borders Kick-off the Bloomingdale Trail Tour


Gia Biagi of the Chicago Park District Speaks at Churchill Park


Tour Attendees Listen in to the History of the Bloomingdale Trail


Ben Helphand, Board President of Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, discusses the importance of open pedways along the trail.

Chicago Department of Transportation's Janet Attarian Leads the Way


Beth White of The Trust for Public Land


The Bloomingdale Trail Invites the Crowd at the corner of Milwaukee Ave/Leavitt St, Chicago.


Although not open to the public, many already associate the Bloomingdale Trail as an active corridor for use.

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Alternate to the Hi Line

The Bloomingdale Trail will be an active commuter route for bicycles, joggers and walkers. It crosses 2 commuter lines and one El line. The High Line is more of a garden or park- biking is not allowed. The High Line is in a very upscale neighborhood whereas the Bloomingdale runs through neighborhoods that while prosperous retain some of their working class population. The spectacular landscaping of the High Line will not be repeated with the Bloomingdale except at wide spaces in the trail. Perhaps plantings along the abutments, including Wrigley Field ivy can enhance the trail's biophilia.

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