CMAP Presents First Draft of Taft Avenue-Prairie Path Corridor Plan
Full Plan (PDF): Prairie Path and Taft Avenue Corridor Plan
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) submitted their first draft of the Prairie Path and Taft Avenue Corridor Plan. This study is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and the MacArthur Foundation.
CMAP has worked closely with the Villages of Hillside and Berkeley over the past two years in formulating a blueprint for future development around Taft Avenue and the Prairie Path. This would include the area between Wolf Road on the east, the Tollway on the west, Maple Avenue on the north and Warren Avenue on the south.
The Prairie Path and Taft Avenue Corridor Plan aims to improve and increase biking, hiking and other activities along the Path, attract businesses to the area, and beautify the parks and open space in this designated area.
Throughout the planning process, CMAP conducted more than 150 interviews, held steering committee meetings, did surveys, sought public comments, participated in conversations at community events, and had residents submit ideas through a project website.
The top recommendations submitted by the public for this plan are as follows:
- Better lighting along the Prairie Path
- More native plants and gardens along the Prairie Path
- A coffee shop on Taft Avenue that can serve trail users and residents
- Better sidewalks, nicer signs, awnings, benches, and trees along Taft Avenue
- Better bike connections to the Metra station
- More diverse programming at Berkeley Park and Hillside Commons
- More trees along the Prairie Path
To learn more about everything that is in the first draft of the Prairie Path and Taft Avenue Corridor Plan, read the full draft below.