Limits: From the Skokie Valley Bike Path terminus at Lake-Cook Road to the entrance to the Chicago Botanical Gardens in the city of Highland Park and the village of Northbrook.
Description: Construction of a mile-long bike path connection crossing US 41 and the Skokie River, currently planned for construction in 2026.
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is in the early stages of a Phase 1 feasibility study for a bike path connection between the Skokie Valley Bike Path and the Chicago Botanical Gardens along Lake Cook Road. At just under a mile long, this complicated bike path connection will involve the evaluation of how to cross US 41 and the Skokie River with an emphasis on increasing safety for the pedestrians and cyclists through the corridor.
In August 2022, LCDOT held a Virtual Public Forum to inform the public about this project. The forum shared text and exhibits, and gathered feedback on potential bike path alignments. See what the community said about the project on the project input website.
LCDOT is engaging multiple stakeholders along the route, including the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, the Cook County Forest Preserve, the City of Highland Park and the Village of Northbrook. Construction is planned for 2026 but will depend on available funding, property acquisition, and project readiness.