Join us for the grand opening of the North Branch Trail addition.*

North Branch Trail Grand Opening

Saturday, September 13, 2014
2 to 4 p.m.

Leave the car behind, discover the new trail, and explore the Chicago Botanic Garden from a new perspective.

The long-anticipated, 1-mile link between the Green Bay Trail and the North Branch Trail, this multiuse path passes through the Garden’s McDonald Woods and through Turnbull Woods, which is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Read more about the path's glacial history. In partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the Garden has created this beautiful and accessible trail. The 10-foot-wide asphalt path was created using recycled aggregates and shingles, and topsoil was stockpiled on site and reused. Look for interpretive signs describing the moraine, wetland, and woodland regions of the Garden's landscape.

We’ll celebrate with festivities for all.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. Sophia Shaw, president and CEO of the Garden, will be joined by special guest Arnold Randall, general superintendent of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, to do the honors.

The festival area will be at the end point of the trail (across from the McDonald Woods pavilion). Vendors include featured bike partner Trek Highland Park, who will sponsor a free raffle for a $350 gift card and other accessories. Trek will also conduct seminars on bicycle safety, bicycle helmets, and how to change a flat tire.

The Trek bicycle seminar schedule is:
2 p.m.: Bicycle maintenance
3 p.m.: Tire changing 101
3:30 p.m.: Bicycle helmet safety

Other vendors include Running Away Multisport, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and KIND Healthy Snacks. Working Bikes, a nonprofit organization that recovers and redistributes bicycles, will set up a stationary bike that creates electricity to power lights when pedaled. Items available for sale from the Garden View Café include ice cream and water bottles. 

The Garden gates at Lake Cook Road and Dundee Road are open from 8 a.m. to sunset. No pets, rollerblades, or skateboards are allowed into the Garden.

*The event will take place rain or shine.

Click here to view or download a map of the new bike route.

Click here for more information about the project.

North Branch Trail Grand Opening Event Site

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Generously sponsored by
NorthShore University HealthSystems