Dan Ryan Woods Major Taylor Trail Corridor Improvements

The Forest Preserves is completing a corridor master plan for the Major Taylor Trail along Dan Ryan Woods. The project kick-off meeting was April 26, 2017 and a follow-up session is planned for August 27, 2017 at the Dan Ryan 100th Anniversary Celebration. We’ll keep this page updated with the most up-to-date project information. Please contact Kindy Kruller, Senior Planner at kindy.kruller@cookcountyil.gov with any questions.


April 26 Community Meeting Summary


This kick-off meeting for the corridor study of the Major Taylor Trail along Dan Ryan Woods featured discussions on opportunities to enhance trail connections, increase safety and identify trail amenities. The project boundaries are Dawes Park to the north and 91st Street to the south.
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2017 Improvements


New outdoor recreation improvements are coming soon to Dan Ryan Woods, one of the most heavily used sites in the entire forest preserve system. A nature-inspired play area and interpretive signs will begin construction in late summer 2017. New stone fitness stairs inspired by the ones at Swallow Cliff will begin construction in fall 2017 on the sledding hill. Enhancements to the existing historic stone aqueduct pathway south of 87th Street are expected to be completed by fall 2017. The cost of these improvements is estimated at roughly $1 million.


The improvements will complement the recent investment in a renovated Visitors Center at the northeast corner of 87th St. & Western Ave. where the public can obtain picnic permits and get information on programs and activities at the preserve.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County