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Elmhurst History Museum- The Bicycle: Two Wheels to Adventure

Visit the Elmhurst History Museum! Part of the current exhibition dives into the ‘Rails to Trails’ movement in the 1950s and 1960s, the Illinois Prairie Path being a successful example of that movement. We’ve also included an interactive Prairie Path experience, where guests get to sit on our vintage Schwinn and enjoy 2-3 minute videos […]

DuPage Co Museum: History of the CA&E Railway – Wheaton

The Illinois Prairie Path started as the CA&E Railroad. Come learn about IPP history!!! Many railway relics are still visible from the Path. You don't have to look hard!! *********************************************************** Please join us at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday August 26, 2023 at the DuPage County Historical Museum where we will be giving a talk on […]

Elmhurst History Museum: The Bicycle – Two Wheels to Adventure

Visit the Elmhurst History Museum! Part of the current exhibition dives into the ‘Rails to Trails’ movement in the 1950s and 1960s, the Illinois Prairie Path being a successful example of that movement. We’ve also included an interactive Prairie Path experience, where guests get to sit on our vintage Schwinn and enjoy 2-3 minute videos […]

Community Clean Up: Village of Forest Park

Please help one of the Illinois Prairie Path communities!  Register using the link below.  Thank you!! ***************************************************** Event Timing: Saturday, September 23rd @ 9 AM Event Address: There will be two starting locations. An email will go out before the event with your start location based on which zone you select. https://forms.gle/jMRAxiakxCbjbHWB8

DuPage Co Historical Museum: When a Pebble Starts an Avalanche: Exploring the History and Value of the Illinois Prairie Path – Wheaton

Wheaton Community Center 1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton, IL

Community Center 1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton, IL When a Pebble Starts an Avalanche: Exploring the History and Value of the Illinois Prairie Path Wednesday, September 27 | 7P | Community Center, Atten Rm. #222 | FREE Event Explore the history and value of the Illinois Prairie Path with this presentation. It will be informative […]

IPP 60th Anniversary Celebration & Family Bike Ride: Glen Ellyn Park District & IPPc

The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) conversion efforts reached a milestone on Monday, September 30, 1963 when the Chicago Tribune published a letter to the editor from May Theilgaard Watts advocating for a public path on the abandoned route of the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Electric (CA&E) rail line.  Public response to her letter was immediate […]

DuPage Co Historical Museum: Relics of the Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin Railway – Wheaton

Wheaton Community Center 1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton, IL

Saturday, October 7 | 1P | Community Center, Atten Rm. #222 | FREE Event! In this presentation, Brian and Joyce Ostberg (BeHistoric) will discuss what remains of the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railway, over its former right-of-way, which includes most of the present day Illinois Prairie Path and Fox River Trails, including remaining stations, substations, […]

DuPage Co Historical Museum: When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path – Wheaton

Wheaton Community Center 1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton, IL

Community Center 1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton, IL   Wednesday, October 11 | 7P | Community Center, Atten Rm. #222 | FREE Event! Come and “take a ride on the Great Third Rail” as noted historian Steve Hyett presents his multi-projector show about the electric interurban railroad affectionately known as “the Roarin’ Elgin.” https://dupagemuseum.org/events/10-11-when-trolleys-rode-the-prairie-path/

Forest Preserve District: Restoration Workday – West Chicago Prairie

Volunteer Opportunity!! One of the reasons the Prairie Path is special is because of the awesome Forest Preserves and Prairies just off the Path. Please volunteer at the West Chicago Prairie on 10/21.  It's just south of the IPP Geneva Spur.  Register today!! Thank you!! https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/fpddc/activity/search/detail/19024?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true&fbclid=IwAR000GygAISKGR_AgJKiaQgt2IpA7_u2VAVWsCIiU-cs2MGHMM-xXhWMwLc

Forest Preserve District: Restoration Workday – West Chicago Prairie

Volunteer Opportunity!! One of the reasons the Prairie Path is special is because of the awesome Forest Preserves and Prairies just off the Path. Please volunteer at the West Chicago Prairie on 11/11. It's just south of the IPP Geneva Spur.  Register today!! Thank you!! https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/fpddc/activity/search/detail/19025?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

Forest Preserve District: Big Woods Restoration Workday – Aurora

Volunteer Opportunity!! One of the reasons the Prairie Path is special is because of the awesome Forest Preserves and Prairies just off the Path. Please volunteer at Big Woods on 11/14. It’s just north of the IPP Batavia Spur. Register today!! Thank you!! https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/fpddc/activity/search/detail/19274?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

Forest Preserve District: Restoration Workday – West Chicago Prairie

Volunteer Opportunity!! One of the reasons the Prairie Path is special is because of the awesome Forest Preserves and Prairies just off the Path. Please volunteer at the West Chicago Prairie on 12/9. It's just south of the IPP Geneva Spur.  Register today!! Thank you!! https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/fpddc/activity/search/detail/19026?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true