This page lists the top 10 greenways, communities, and counties of the selected region.
Chicago Area Trails:

Greenway Planning Information for

Chicago Area

Top 10 - Large Communities
(Population greater than 30,000)
★ = has over 5 miles of Existing Trails
★ = has Planned Trail(s)
Greenway Density
      miles/miles2
ExistingBuild-out
Highland Park0.78 (1st) 1.29
Wheeling0.58 (2nd) 1.46
Wheaton0.58 (3rd) 1.03
Palatine0.49 0.96
Crystal Lake0.47 1.36
Bartlett0.47 1.14
Lombard0.47 0.64
Aurora0.43 0.85
Woodridge0.41 1.18
Carol Stream0.38 0.77
Top 10 - Medium Communities
(Population greater than 8,000, less than 30,000)
★ = has over 5 miles of Existing Trails
★ = has Planned Trail(s)
Greenway Density
      miles/miles2
ExistingBuild-out
Glenwood1.08 (1st) 1.51
Glencoe1.00 (2nd) 1.17
Warrenville0.93 (3rd) 1.05
River Grove0.91 0.91
Palos Heights0.90 1.09
Winfield0.87 1.35
Libertyville0.81 1.84
Zion0.80 1.23
Winnetka0.78 0.78
South Elgin0.77 1.07
Top 10 - Small Communities
(Population less than 8,000)
★ = has over 5 miles of Existing Trails
★ = has Planned Trail(s)
Greenway Density
      miles/miles2
ExistingBuild-out
Rockdale2.58 (1st) 3.32
Highwood1.67 (2nd) 1.67
Virgil1.46 (3rd) 1.46
Wilmington1.45 3.73
Ringwood1.25 1.25
Lake Bluff0.96 1.55
Willow Springs0.88 1.29
Holiday Hills0.87 3.51
Lily Lake0.84 0.84
Green Oaks0.74 1.36
Have-Nots
(Communities with no known Greenways)
Please view the technical definition of a Greenway on About page.
★ = has Planned Trail(s)
Greenway Density
      miles/miles2
ExistingBuild-out
Lisbon0.00 (1st) 19.09
Fox River Grove0.00 (2nd) 2.31
Elwood0.00 (3rd) 1.80
Burnham0.00 1.67
Beecher0.00 1.65
Robbins0.00 1.52
Lakewood0.00 1.45
Riverdale0.00 1.35
Indian Head Park0.00 1.17
Blue Island0.00 1.15
Richton Park0.00 1.14
Woodstock0.00 1.03
Old Mill Creek0.00 1.01
Calumet City0.00 0.94
Olympia Fields0.00 0.94
Round Lake0.00 0.92
Kildeer0.00 0.89
Homer Glen0.00 0.87
Summit0.00 0.87
Riverside0.00 0.79
Lyons0.00 0.74
South Holland0.00 0.67
Bedford Park0.00 0.67
Chicago Ridge0.00 0.66
Dolton0.00 0.62
Hainesville0.00 0.61
Clarendon Hills0.00 0.58
Bridgeview0.00 0.55
Flossmoor0.00 0.52
Green Garden0.00 0.46
Cicero0.00 0.37
Alsip0.00 0.33
Berwyn0.00 0.33
McCook0.00 0.29
Harvey0.00 0.15
Willowbrook0.00 0.08
Top 10 Rail-to-Trail's:
  • = Rail-Trail
  • = Waterway
  • = Rail-with-Trail
  • = Utility ROW
Corridor Utilization
      in miles
Existing Build-
out
Existing
———
Build-out
Great Western Trail26.7(1st)36.4 73.5%
Wauponsee Glacial Trail22.1(2nd)23.0 96.2%
Prairie Trail21.6(3rd)21.6 100%
Green Bay Trail21.3     25.9 82.3%
Old Plank Road Trail20.4     27.3 74.9%
IPP - Main Stem15.1     15.5 96.9%
IPP - Elgin Branch13.9     13.9 100%
IPP - Aurora Branch11.9     12.5 95.1%
Robert McClory Bike Path11.8     11.8 100%
Virgil Gilman Trail10.3     13.5 76.2%
Top 10 Waterway's:
  • = Rail-Trail
  • = Waterway
  • = Rail-with-Trail
  • = Utility ROW
Corridor Utilization
      in miles
Existing Build-
out
Existing
———
Build-out
Fox River Trail30.6(1st)65.0 47.1%
I & M Canal State Trail27.8(2nd)36.5 76.2%
Des Plaines River Trail25.2(3rd)34.9 72.3%
Lakefront Path21.1     28.6 73.9%
Salt Creek Greenway15.0     30.5 49.2%
West Branch Regional Trail14.9     26.1 57%
North Branch Trail14.7     25.2 58.4%
Centennial Trail10.5     16.1 64.8%
Kishwaukee River corridor7.5     57.0 13.1%
Tinley Creek Trail7.1     11.5 61.9%
Top 5 Rail-with-Trail's:
  • = Rail-Trail
  • = Waterway
  • = Rail-with-Trail
  • = Utility ROW
Corridor Utilization
      in miles
Existing Build-
out
Existing
———
Build-out
Huntley-Union-Marengo Trail11.2(1st)22.4 50.1%
Skokie Valley Bike Path8.8(2nd)13.0 68%
EJ&E corridor7.1(3rd)58.5 12.1%
Chain O'Lakes Bike Path2.7     17.5 15.5%
BNSF corridor2.0     29.3 6.8%
Top 5 Utility ROW's:
  • = Rail-Trail
  • = Waterway
  • = Rail-with-Trail
  • = Utility ROW
Corridor Utilization
      in miles
Existing Build-
out
Existing
———
Build-out
Pipeline corridor6.0(1st)19.9 30.4%
Palatine to Prospect Heights Trail5.5(2nd)8.6 63.5%
ComEd Trail4.8(3rd)16.1 29.8%
ComEd ROW - Southwest Suburbs corridor4.4     56.4 7.7%
ComEd ROW - Lombard to Des Plaines corridor4.1     9.2 44.9%
Top 5 Ridgeline's:
  • = Rail-Trail
  • = Waterway
  • = Rail-with-Trail
  • = Utility ROW
Corridor Utilization
      in miles
Existing Build-
out
Existing
———
Build-out
Millennium Trail7.2(1st)7.2 100%
Waterfall Glen Trail5.1(2nd)5.1 100%
Danada & Herrick Lake Regional Trail2.4(3rd)3.4 71.1%
Deer Grove to Buffalo Creek corridor2.4     7.9 30.5%
County Rankings
★ = has over 60 miles of existing trails
★ = has Planned Trail(s)
Greenway Density
      miles/miles2
ExistingBuild-out
Kane0.36 (1st) 0.82
DuPage0.35 (2nd) 0.79
Lake0.33 (3rd) 0.99
Kendall0.31 2.07
North Cook0.31 0.90
McHenry0.27 1.26
Will0.27 1.02
South Cook0.23 0.76
Chicago0.17 0.61
West Cook0.17 0.51

   
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