Bloomingdale Trail Photo credit: Darcy Kiefel

The Trust for Public Land is working every day to create and protect the beautiful places that make Illinois so special. Our signature project was creating The 606, an elevated 2.7 mile trail that connects four neighborhoods and is within a 10-minute walk of 80,000 Chicagoans. We continue to serve as a private partner, advocate, and steward of the trail, and are hard at work creating and improving neighborhood parks and local trails, as well as protecting priority lands across our state

Local offices

120 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2000 | Chicago, Illinois  60603
Phone: (312) 750-9820 | Email Address: [email protected]

Illinois projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

At the Betsy Ross Elementary School, in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood, officials had assembled all but a single lot for a new park, when they called on TPL for help with the complex final transaction.

Kinnikinnick Creek, Illinois. Photo: Darcy Kiefel

TPL's Chicago Natural Areas Program helps local communities protect vital open space and natural areas threatened by sprawl.

Clyde Park

In 2005, when Cicero's Clyde Park District learned that the home next to North Clyde Park was for sale, they partnered with TPL to move quickly and secure the property, giving the town time to obtain a grant to purchase the lot, expand the park, and create more green space in a densely populated neighborhood.

Gompers Park Greenway, Chicago

In 2002, The Trust for Public Land helped the Chicago Park District acquire approximately three acres of land linking two existing parks located in Albany Park.

Haas Park, Chicago

In 2005, park activists in the park-poor Logan Square neighborhood sought to expand one-acre Haas Park.

The Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is an hour's drive for the 12 million people who live in the region between Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Wisconsin.

Children Play at Kinnikinnick Creek, Illinois. Photo: Darcy Kiefel

In 2007, The Trust for Public Land purchased 90 acres in Roscoe Township, part of a natural prairie and upland savanna that will serve to protect the high-quality Kinnikinnick Creek that bisects the property.

In 2007, TPL acquired a property and held it until it could become part of this new 2.6-acre neighborhood park in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.

Ping Tom Park, Chicago

Parks for People—Chicago focuses real estate and public finance resources towards creating and adding more parkland and green space in Chicago's underserved urban neighborhoods.

Ping Tom Park, Chicago

Nearly 40 years after Chinatown's only public park was demolished to make way for the Dan Ryan Expressway, the South Side neighborhood celebrated the dedication of Ping Tom Memorial Park, a new five-acre jewel on the Chicago River.

Plum Island, Illinois River, Starved Rock State Park

Every winter, bird enthusiasts and curious onlookers stand above the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park and witness dozens of American bald eagles circling above the open water below the dam and perching in trees on Plum Island.

Senka Park, Chicago

At the request of the city of Chicago, TPL optioned a former rail yard to expand tiny Senka Park in this predominantly blue-collar neighborhood on southwest Chicago and transferred it to the park service over three years.

The 606 is an innovative project on Chicago's Northwest side that will transform nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail, which will be linked to five ground-level neighborhood parks.

West Lawn Ballfields, Chicago

In the parks-poor West Lawn neighborhood of Chicago, the five-acre playing fields of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception hosted little league baseball games since the early 1960's.