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Chicago Area:

Greenway Planning Information for

Des Plaines

Report Card

Miles of Greenways


Area (miles2)


Greenway Density (miles/miles2)






Median HH Income


External Links

City of Des Plaines official website
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Greater Chicago Housing and Community Development Website
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Wikipedia entry for Des Plaines
Des Plaines

State Plans

Region Plans

County Plans

Community Plans

No plans are available on the Open Space Area level for Des Plaines

Bike/Ped Fatalities & Injuries
Crash data from 2005
Crash SeverityCount
Pedestrian Property Damage1
Pedestrian "C" Injury (possible injury)16
Pedestrian "B" Injury (non-incapacitating injury)16
Pedestrian "A" Injury (incapacitating injury)9
Pedestrian fatality3
Greenways in Des Plaines:
  • = Rail-Trail
  • = Waterway
  • = Rail-with-Trail
  • = Utility ROW
Corridor Utilization
      in miles
Existing Build-
Des Plaines River Trail2.8(1st)3.9 73.8%
ComEd ROW - Lombard to Des Plaines corridor1.0(2nd)1.4 72.5%
Higgins-Willow Creek corridor0.0(3rd)1.9 0%
Northwestern corridor0.0     2.9 0%
New Line corridor0.0     4.6 0%
McDonald Creek corridor0.0     0.3 0%
North Central corridor0.0     6.3 0%
Wellers Creek corridor0.0     6.3 0%
Existing Grade Separations
    All trails in Des Plaines cross roadways at-grade.
Needed Grade Separations
    No highway/trail crossings in Des Plaines have been identified as needing grade separations.
Rank Among Neighbors
★ = has over 5 miles of Existing Trails
★ = has Planned Trail(s)
Greenway Density
Niles0.28 0.94
Glenview0.27 0.93
Mount Prospect0.25 0.63
Des Plaines0.24 (4th) 1.69
Park Ridge0.19 0.74
Elk Grove Village0.17 0.70
Arlington Heights0.17 0.62
Rosemont0.06 0.98
Rank Among Peers
(Population between 48,000 and 66,000 and HH Income between $47,000 and $64,000)
★ = has over 5 miles of Existing Trails
★ = has Planned Trail(s)
Greenway Density
Palatine0.49 0.96
Mount Prospect0.25 0.63
Des Plaines0.24 (3rd) 1.69
Skokie0.24 0.71
Oak Lawn0.14 0.20
Tinley Park0.04 0.54
Berwyn0.00 0.33
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