Hiking, biking and walking became literally more attractive with the opening of the new Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Spaces. The South Side lakefront trail boasts local artist and community designed art installations that reflect African American, Latino and Chinese cultures. Extending from 2600 S. Lake Shore Drive to 4700 S. Lake Shore Drive, the trail weaves through the diverse communities of Chinatown, Bronzeville and Pilsen, which are highlighted by the installations.
Burnham Wildlife Corridor's urban wilderness of prairie, savanna and woodland ecosystem is the largest stretch of natural area along Chicago's lakefront. It spans from just south of Museum Campus (home to The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium) down to the Museum of Science and Industry — essentially creating it's own outdoor nature museum!
The five gathering spaces offer assembly grounds and resting places for visitors exploring this section of the lakefront, on both east and west sides of Lake Shore Drive. Visitors can hike the new woodchip trail to each space or bike through the lakefront paths.
The five gathering spaces are named for the individual art installations and include:
- Sankofa of the Earth and Sounding Bronzeville in Bronzeville
- Caracol and La Ronda Paraketa in Pilsen
- Set in Stone in Chinatown
Artists worked with each community to create art pieces that highlight important historic and cultural figures of the neighborhood.
Learn more by visiting the Chicago Park District and The Field Museum — who teamed up for these Gathering Spaces and the greater collaborative project Roots and Routes — and use their map below for a self-guided tour (click to open full size version in a new window).