The City of Chicago recently opened its “606″ trail, a three mile multi use trail built upon an abandoned elevated train track. Patterned after New York’s “High Line” trail, it is an innovative re-purposing of otherwise abandoned infrastructure. Chicago’s trail links parks and neighborhoods.

In Northlake, we have the Midland Trail which follows Addison Creek. The original segment of this trail was completed in 1998. This year, extensions are underway on both the north and south ends of the trail which will bring the total length of the trail to 2.8 miles when completed. The trail links four neighborhoods – Creekside on the north, then King Arthur, Villa and the “church” section on the south. It also links together 4 parks – Creekside, Jerome, Centerpoint and Grant Parks.

The completed trail will be lighted along its entire length. The City has several partners which have made the trail a reality. The original segment of the trail was made possible with a donation of land by Dominick’s who at that time was headquartered in Northlake. This donation made the link to Fullerton Avenue possible. Delta Unibus, now known as Powell Industries, gave the City an easement retention pond to make the look around their retention pond possible. Veteran’s Park District has been a great partner, granting the City easement for not only the original segment, but also for this year’s extension. The City also obtained an easement from ComEd which made the north extension possible this year. Lastly, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources provided grant funding which made the original segment of the trail possible.

I would like to thank all of our partners for their help in making Midland Trail possible.
We are looking forward to completion of the extensions by the end of the summer (hopefully it stops raining) so that we can enjoy the trail to its fullest capacity.

Jeffrey Sherwin