Illinois Prairie Path

The Illinois Prairie Path is a multi-use nature trail for non-motorized public use. It spans approximately 61 miles in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties in northeasten Illinois. A former right-of-way for the old Chicago Aurora & Elgin electric railroad, it was the first U.S. rail-to-trail conversion in the nation in the 1960’s.

The Path is surfaced primarily with a crushed limestone surface, which is easy on feet and bike tires alike, and sheds water quickly following rainfall.

The rough trail of the Path route is as follows: from First Avenue, Maywood, to Wheaton; then branching to Elgin and Aurora (with additional spurs to Geneva and Batavia).


For more information about the Great Western Trails visit their website:

Hillside Prairie Path

Memorial Park District

The Memorial Park District, which was established in 1928, is dedicated to providing local residents with the highest quality programs available. The Memorial Park District was sanctioned by the Circuit Court of Cook County to provide recreational facilities, services and programs, primarily for the residents living within its boundaries. The Memorial Park District has within its borders, all of Bellwood and Stone Park, and parts of Berkeley, Hillside, Melrose Park and Northlake. The goal of the Park District is to maintain and protect properties and to provide thousands of park patrons with recreational opportunities. These include gym and workout facilities as well as special recreational programs for mentally, physically and hearing-impaired participants.

Hillside Baseball

Hillside Baseball Web Site

Fresh Meadows Golf Course

Hillside Youth Commission

The Hillside Youth Commission sponsors many community events and activities. For more information visit their website.

Boys & Girls Club of West Cook County

The Boys & Girls Club of West Cook County is a place where children ages 7 to 18 can come after school or in the summer to enjoy games, art classes, and sports. They also help with educational development, called the “Power Hour”, as well as giving children Health and Life skills. For more information visit their website.

Boys & Girls Club of West Cook County

Memorial Park District Eisenhower Community Center

700 Speechley Blvd.
Hillside, IL 60162
Phone: 708-547-3900

Hillside Community Center

1 N. Lind

Turtle Island Children’s Water Park

Adventure Bay Water Park

Sharp Pool