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
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, [...]

Transform It

This corridor in Dolton, Illinois doesn’t return much value to its community—just a lot of dumping and misuse.
The Cal-Sag Trail will transform it into outdoor recreation, sustainable transportation, and economic opportunity—that’s the Triple Bottom Line of the Cal-Sag Trail.
The Cal-Sag Trail will transform communities and neglected, misused open space from Burnham to Lemont, 26 miles [...]

In pictures: Bridges & Blues 2013

Bridges & Blues 2013, a set on Flickr.

To our guests and donors and sponsors of Bridges & Blues 2013, the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail thank you.
Please enjoy the photos; Feel free to tag/identify yourself and others! You can also get the program from the evening here.
Thank you Diane Banta, our photographer, for your tireless [...]