The Illinois Prairie Path is a multi-use nature trail for non-motorized public uses that spans over 60 miles through various municipalities in Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties. The heavily used trail brings visitors through Berkeley, Hillside, and other communities. Illinois Prairie Path was installed through Berkeley in the 1970s by the State of Illinois Prairie Path Commission. The Path is now operated and maintained by the Berkeley Park District, a separate taxing body within the Village. The three project partners—Village of Berkeley, Village of Hillside, and the Berkeley Park District—are three distinct taxing agencies that would like a shared vision for the Prairie Path and Taft Avenue Corridor. The project planning area is located in the Villages of Berkeley and Hillside along Taft Avenue between Electric Avenue and Elm Avenue, and along the segment of the Prairie Path that spans through the two communities.
CMAP is providing technical assistance to develop a corridor plan for the study area that incorporates the ON TO 2050 principles of resilience, inclusive growth, and prioritized investment.