North Branch Trail spur opens Wednesday: Why this 2-mile path is a big deal

Cyclists who enjoy a challenge will appreciate the incline of this bridge. (Patty Wetli / DNAinfo)

Cyclists who enjoy a challenge will appreciate the incline of this bridge. (Patty Wetli / DNAinfo)

FOREST GLEN — A 2-mile extension of the North Branch Trail is set to open Wednesday, and what the path lacks in distance it more than makes up for in potential.

Winding its way from Caldwell Woods to Forest Glen Avenue, the highly anticipated extension — which drew cyclists, joggers and walkers before it opened despite the threat of a $500 fine — paves the way for rides from Chicago’s lakefront to the Botanic Garden and vice versa (or heck, all the way to Wisconsin and back).

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