Welcome to the Lincoln Avenue Urban Trail, a series of historical and community sites on and near Chicago's Lincoln Avenue, tied together by the residents, communities, and businesses thriving along the route.
LAUT is based on the Chicago Lincoln Avenue Trail, a Boy Scout Trail debuted in 1975. William G. La Fleur and the Boy Scouts of Troop 881 created the original 7 mile trail with 18 sites, making it handicap accessible and providing a Braille guidebook and patch. Scouts were awarded patches for completing the trail as well as for visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago History Museum, and Academy of Sciences Natural History Museum; plus a patch for assisting a blind hiker along 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. La Fleur and Jac A. Charlier in 2016 to develop this website for the new trail as his Eagle Scout project.
The new LAUT has updated and added sights but remained as close to the original as possible. The most important change, however, has been a shift from Boy Scout trail to an informative and safe walking experience for all Chicagoans and visitors looking to learn more about historic sites in Chicago.
However, LAUT is always looking to work with Scouts interested in supporting the trail for the Eagle or Gold Award. If you are searching for an Eagle or Gold project, would otherwise like to support the trail, or have any questions, please use the form below to contact us.