The Lincoln Avenue Urban Trail was based on the Chicago Lincoln Avenue Trail, which was a Boy Scout Trail that debuted in 1975. William G. La Fleur and the Boy Scouts of Troop 881 created the trail. The trail was handicap accessible with many resources for the blind 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, and additional patches were given to Boy 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. Throughout the years, the trail was forgotten about and the points of interest have changed. In 2016, Matthew Hoyne began working with William A. LaFleur and Jac A. Charlier to revitalize the trail as an Eagle Scout project. This website is dedicated to the new trail.
The new trail, Lincoln Avenue Urban Trail, made a few changes but remained as close to the original as possible. The first change is designing the trail to work in a modern age; using this website and digital map while hiking was a vital addition. Another important change was editing sites, some of the original eighteen do not exist any longer. There are now nineteen sites, and the trail has been extended. The trail has expanded from being a Boy Scout trail and aims to be a trail for all Chicagoans and visitors looking to advance their knowledge about historic sites in Chicago.
This trail is an Eagle Scout project made by Matthew Hoyne and debuted in June 2017, and the Trail is looking for extensions from other Boy Scouts working on their Eagle Project. If you are searching for an Eagle project or have any questions, please use the form below to contact us.