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Biking/Driving Trail: A Ribbon of Green on the West Side

Chicago's signature inland park system is a chain of wooded roadways and parks comprising more than 1,700 acres of green space spanning many neighborhoods. Its 19 historic boulevards connect six public squares and eight parks. Built in stages between 1869 and 1942, the West Side showpieces in this famed “ribbon of green” are the city’s Douglass, Garfield and Humboldt Parks. Architect and engineer William Le Baron Jenney, father of the early steel frame skyscraper, helped devise this interconnected landscape with the West Park Commission, a precursor to the Chicago Park District. Enjoy this 4.5-mile trail of highlights by bicycle, car or on foot, or go the distance and travel all 26 miles from end to end. Audio commentary is provided by Julia Bachrach, historian and Chicago parks expert. A Ribbon of Green on the West Side is sponsored by ComEd. Photo by Zachary Whittenburg

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