Major Taylor Trail Park Earth Day Clean-Up @ Major Taylor Trail
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Community and Neighborhood Improvement Project (CNIP), Friends of the Major Taylor Trail (FOMTT), Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago (MTC3) and Out Our Front Door (OOFD) as they lead volunteers at the Major Taylor Trail Park Earth Day Clean-Up!  The Major Taylor Trail is Chicago’s second longest bike trail, traversing 5 communities and connecting Dan Ryan Woods to Whistler Woods in Riverdale.

Friends of the Parks’ Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean Up and Celebration began 29 years ago as a way to engage communities in their local parks and forest preserves. Today, FOTP partners with a multitude of other groups both local and city-wide including: Friends of the Forest Preserves, Openlands, Active Transportation Alliance, Southeast Environmental Task force, The Calumet Collective.

Your Earth, Your Legacy: 29th Annual Earth Day Clean-Up will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 9AM to Noon, in parks and preserves throughout the Chicago area. From Noon to 2PM there will be a celebration at Humboldt Park (including lunch, games, and activities for all ages)!

CNIP, FOMTT, MTC3, and OOFD will meet volunteers on the 91st Street intersection of the Major Taylor Trail (nearest cross street is Beverly).  The location is adjacent to the 91st St. station for Metra’s Rock Island line. Easiest access by car is 91st St. from Ashland.

Register today to be a volunteer at Major Taylor Trail Park’s Earth Day event!

Major Taylor Trail Keepers Fundraiser Bike Ride and Festival @ Morgan Park Commons
Aug 10 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Major Taylor Trail Keepers Fundraiser Bike Ride and Festival @ Morgan Park Commons

Register now for this wonderful historic event!

This event, August 10, 2019, marks the 120th year anniversary of Marshall “Major “Taylor winning the world 1-mile championship in Montreal, defeating Boston rival Tom Butler.

Choose from ride options of 5, 26, 30, 44, 50, 64, or 89 miles — mix and match your choice of five segments to customize your experience. Registration and check in is from 7-7:30. A tribute to Major Taylor and special presentation is from 7:30-7:55am.  All rides start at 8:00 a.m. in the heart of Chicago’s far South Side, at Morgan Park Commons, 115th Street and the Major Taylor Trail. All riders follow the Major Taylor Trail south and take the Little Calumet River Bridge — featuring the largest Major Taylor mural ever created — into Whistler Woods. From Whistler Woods there are two route options, one to Lake Katherine via the scenic Cal-Sag Trail, and another to Lansing Woods. From those destinations there are further options: a loop from Lake Katherine to Sag Quarries, and a loop from Lansing Woods to the Major Taylor gravesite in Glenwood. Combining all the options adds up to 88.6 miles and includes three rest stops, at Whistler Woods, Lake Katherine, and Lansing Woods.