Building the Cal-Sag Trail through the Chicago Southland

It’s About Connections…

The Cal-Sag Trail will be a multi-use path built almost entirely along the banks of the Cal-Sag Channel and Calumet River, open by 2014. Along 26 miles of waterway from Lemont in the west to Burnham in the east, the Cal-Sag Trail will stitch together more than 185,000 people in fourteen communities. It will connect them to regional trails, transit systems, retail areas, parks, forest preserves, marinas, nature centers, and the legacies of Big Steel, immigrant communities and the Underground Railroad.

Trail users will see barges. They will see bridges. They will see factories, and dams, and purple cone flowers and deer. They will see each other.

Sharing a Vision

The Cal-Sag Trail will be built by trail advocates, park districts, towns, real estate developers, foundations, corporations, politicians, and public health agencies. But mostly it will be built by sharing a vision of a Southland enriched by a trail.

The Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail is a volunteer group that’s working hard and having fun sharing that vision. Explore the maps, the video, and the news links to the left. Then consider connecting with us by becoming a member.

See you on the trail!

Recent Blog Posts
Meanwhile, a block east of Harlem Avenue…

A mighty big shovel is seriously breaking ground. Thanks board member Rich Ferrin for sneaking out to snag the pictures! #TheTrailIsNigh

Joanie Lum & FOX 32 Chicago all over Cal-Sag Trail groundbreaking

Joanie Lum and the FOX 32 Good Morning Chicago crew were all over the Cal-Sag Trail, Palos Forest Preserves and even CAMBr this morning. They did four segments-see them all! Joanie was fantastic. Can’t wait to see everyone at groundbreaking this Saturday in Alsip!

Two miles to go…

It’s official: Cal-Sag Trail has been awarded $6.2 million by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, paying 80% of trail construction costs between Indiana Avenue in Dolton and the Burnham Greenway in the Village of Burnham, and for construction between Cicero Avenue and Kedzie Avenue in Alsip. Officially, the grant recipients are Alsip Park District, […]