‘We Deserve Beautiful Rooms’: Abandoned Englewood Railroad Track to Be Converted to Nature Trail

CHICAGO — A long stretch of abandoned railroad running through Chicago’s South Side will eventually be turned into a nature trail thanks to a large federal grant.

Chicago officials said this redesign of an old railroad will provide a path to revitalization.

It is a railway corridor that has been abandoned for decades.

“We deserve beautiful spaces,” said Anton Seals Jr., Grow Greater Englewood’s senior steward.

The US Department of Transportation has awarded a $20 million grant to design and build the Englewood Nature Trail.

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Community leaders and officials gathered in Hermitage Park to celebrate the project.

U.S. Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Polly Trottenberg said the project came from the community.

The effort has been underway for years and has been spearheaded by Grown Greater Englewood.

Seals said community input has been prioritized at every step and the trail will look and feel very different than the 606 on the north side.

The city acquired the land from Norfolk Southern in 2018. The trail will pass near 59th Street, nearly two miles from Wallace to Hoyne.

“Unlike the 606 and unlike the Highline, this is a nature trail just waiting to be traversed,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “I pledge to you to ensure this is fully funded.”

And along with several other projects in the works, community leaders said it’s part of their larger vision to enable Englewood to make impactful investments.

The construction of the study will take place in phases starting in 2026 and will take about a year.

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