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
“Best Chicago trail that isn’t the Bloomingdale Trail” | Critics Choice 2015

The Bloomingdale Trail is pretty special; thank you, Chicago Reader, for the high praise! See the story here

Grandma is in CHARGE

[FOCST president Debbie Stoffregen’s speech at the Cal-Sag Trail western segment ribbon cutting, June 6, 2015. More photos at] Thank you Mayor Straz. How exciting
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Why the next 13 miles matter

Message forwarded to us today by John Greenfield, writer for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy‘s magazine (and many others): I recently read your fine article on the Cal-Sag Trail
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