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The Skokie Valley Trail in Cook County parallels active train tracks in the Village of Skokie, providing easy access to both the Oakton–Skokie and Dempster–Skokie stations on the CTA’s Yellow Line. The trail itself occupies an abandoned Union Pacific rail corridor. Connections to sidewalks in residential neighborhoods just to the west of the paved trail contribute to its utility, as does its proximity to the Illinois Science and Technology Park.
The trail has been extended south through Lincolnwood to connect to the existing Valley Line Trail in the Sauganash neighborhood of Chicago, ending at Bryn Mawr Avenue (5600 N), for a total of 4.5 miles. Longer-term plans call for the eventual extension of the trail north to meet the nearly 10-mile stretch of the Skokie Valley Trail in Lake County.
Parking for the Skokie Valley Trail can be found in the large lots for the Oakton–Skokie and Dempster–Skokie CTA stations off Oakton Street and Dempster Street, respectively.
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