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Beth White is the regional director of a nonprofit called The Trust for Public Land, and the unsung hero behind our city's greenest pastures.

For the past ten years, her collaborations with community leaders have turned visions into reality. Like transforming old, abandoned railroad tracks into a beautiful 3-mile stretch of land known as the 606 or Bloomingdale Trail.

Since it opened a year ago, hundreds of thousands of people have traveled along this outdoor treasure. It’s provided a sense of community and a safe place for children to learn, play and explore. It creates a bridge across four neighborhoods and was made possible thanks to state and local organizations.

And it’s largely thanks to Beth White that the trail and many other public spaces exist today.

Beth White is one of Chicago’s Very Own.


For information on the a celebration of the 606’s first anniversary, visit