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Advocacy needed for the Skokie Valley Trail extension

The Skokie Valley Trail extension project needs your support!

If completed, the trail would fill a 4.5-mile gap through the Villages of Skokie, Northfield, Glenview, and Wilmette to create a continuous trail from Lake Bluff to Chicago (see map, gap shown in red).

This regional trail opportunity is a top priority for the Active Transportation Alliance. The connection could provide many north suburban families and residents with a low-stress, car-free option for transportation and recreation.

Unfortunately, organized opposition is threatening this project’s completion.

We highly encourage you to attend Northfield’s public board committee meeting on July 16 to voice your support for the trail extension. All are welcome to attend the meeting.

  • What: Committee of the Whole Board Meeting
  • When: Tuesday, July 16 at 5:30 pm
  • Where: Northfield Village Hall (361 Happ Road, Northfield IL 60093)

More information about the meeting and project can be found on Northfield’s website.

If you would like to provide Northfield staff with additional feedback to be included in the board meeting packet, submit your comments to Melissa DeFeo at by July 8.

It’s critical for as many people as possible to show up at this public meeting to show support and ensure this project moves forward. Please share widely. 

You’re also invited to attend our Northern Cook County Suburbs Trail Coalition meeting on July 2. Staff from the Villages of Northfield and Skokie will be presenting about the efforts underway to develop the trail in their communities.

The coalition meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 2, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Radmacher Room of the Skokie Public Library (5215 Oakton Street in Skokie).

Please RSVP if you would like to join the coalition — light refreshments will be provided.