The Lincoln Avenue Urban Trail is based on the Chicago Lincoln Avenue Trail, a Boy Scout Trail debuted in 1975, created by William G. La Fleur and the Boy Scouts of Troop 881. The trail was handicap accessible, with resources including a Braille guidebook and a Braille patch. The trail featured eighteen sights and was seven miles long. Scouts were awarded patches for completing the trail, with additional patches for Scouts that visited the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago History Museum, and Academy of Sciences Natural History Museum; they also received a patch for assisting a blind hiker through the trail.
Due to lack of publicity and a modern web presence, the trail and its programming became less visible over time. Since then, the points of interest have changed. To address this, Matthew Hoyne began working with William A. LaFleur and Jac A. Charlier in 2016 to develop this website for the new trail.
The new trail, Lincoln Avenue Urban Trail, makes a few changes but has remained as close to the original as possible. The digital map was a vital addition. Another important change was updating the site, as some of the original eighteen no longer exist. The new trail now has are now nineteen sites. Finally, the trail has expanded from being a Boy Scout trail and now aims to be a trail for all Chicagoans and visitors looking to learn more about historic sites in Chicago.
This website is Matthew Hoyne's Eagle Scout project, and LAUT always looking to work with other Scouts interested in supporting the trail for the Eagle or Gold Award. If you are searching for an Eagle or Gold project or have any questions, please use the form below to contact us.