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Astronomer Joe Guzman wants to make one point clear—even if your view of the stars isn’t.

“It’s a misconception that living in the big city means the night sky isn’t available to you,” he says, and he should know. As the Chicago Park District’s resident astronomer, Guzman is all about...

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The Trust for Public Land today presented its Land for People award, the organization’s highest honor, to Chicago-based Exelon Corporation in recognition of its deep support for parks, conservation and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented the award at the celebration luncheon in Chicago.

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The Trust for Public Land today announced that Aaron Koch, the former Chief Resilience Officer in the Chicago Mayor's Office, has joined the organization as Chicago Director, responsible for developing and leading the organization's Land for People mission delivery in and around the nation's third-largest city.

Historical photo of workers building an elevated rail-line in Chicago
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Can you believe it’s only been a year since the opening of The 606? Already, this one-of-a-kind park and trail has made a name for itself in Chicago—connecting neighborhoods, snagging awards, and transforming the commute for pedestrians and cyclists...

The 606
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They grow up so fast! Chicago's newest park and trail is just past six months old, and we're marking the occasion with a new video. We took to the skies for a unique perspective on how the converted rail-line is uniting the neighborhoods it once divided—and chatted with locals to get their first...

Opening day at The 606
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Alright, some of them biked ... or roller-bladed ... or danced! But one way or another, 50,000 people turned out to celebrate the long-awaited debut of The 606. The former rail line that once divided neighborhoods is now bringing them together—and we couldn’t...

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President Obama’s declaration protecting the Pullman Historic District as a national monument is a good way to protect an important piece of American history, The Trust for Public Land said today.

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The Trust for Public Land has announced the final land acquisition for The 606 park and trail system on Chicago's northwest side, adding a new access park adjacent to the western trailhead. The non-profit, which serves as project manager on behalf of the Chicago Park District, coordinating fundraising, community engagement, land acquisition and park development, has entered into $2.975 million agreement to acquire the Magid Glove factory at 1800 N. Ridgeway Avenue.

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Chicago's next great park is The 606. The Trust for Public Land today announced The 606 as the umbrella name to encompass all elements of this park and trail system planned for Chicago's Northwest Side. The 606-named for the 606 zip code prefix all Chicagoans share—includes the nearly three-mile long elevated Bloomingdale Trail and the five ground-level neighborhood parks which will be linked to it.

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Two new national wildlife refuges which The Trust for Public Land helped create in urban areas were among a group of seven refuges honored today by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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