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This is something that I recently decided to commit more of my blogging time to.  ‘Philanthropy spotlight” was a segment Professor Whitaker wanted me to focus on but somehow I always put it on the back burner, until now. I am fortunate enough to go to these social events and at times the fun party pictures might not fully convey the mission of these philanthropic organizations. As someone that’s been involved in philanthropy in different capacities, I can tell you it’s more than just fun parties and galas. At the core is a mission and dedicated citizens giving their time to either raise money, plan a gala or advocate for the cause. This is the first in a series called Philanthropy Spotlight.

The Bloomingdale Trail is envisioned as a multi-use recreational trail built along an elevated rail line along Bloomingdale Avenue (approximately 1800 North) from Ashland (1600 West) to Ridgeway (3732 West). Part of the land that makes up the Bloomingdale Trail is owned by Canadian Pacific.

Map of the Bloomingdale Trail

The vision of this is to be Chicago’s next great park, a 3-mile-long elevated linear park and trail running through the heart of Chicago, connecting neighborhoods, the river, and Chicago’s great park system; the Bloomingdale Trail will make Chicago residents healthier, get people to school and work faster, and provide communities with great chances to play and mingle.

They recently held a reception at Kimpton Hotel Allegro for supporters and also those not familiar with this project to get acquainted. Several representatives from the Trust for Public Land were in attendance

Harry Drucker, Will Rogers(Pres./CEO Trust for Public Land)

Margie Kim Bermeo, Joanne Kiley, Tom Reeve, Ken Modlewski

If you would like more information on Bloomingdale Trail project or to get involved visit their site:



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