Shermer Road (Waukegan Road to Dempster Street) Improvements



We are thrilled to invite you to a special Open House event to actively shape the future of cycling and pedestrian experiences in our beloved community! As part of the Niles Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, your valuable input is essential to creating a safer, more accessible, and enjoyable environment for cyclists and pedestrians.

Join us for an exciting evening of discovery, inspiration, and collaboration:

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. 

Senior Center 999 Civic Center Drive

Your participation will help shape the future of Niles' transportation landscape and make our community more sustainable and vibrant. Together, let's pave the way for a greener, healthier, and connected Niles!

 Don't miss this chance to be a part of the change. Mark your calendars and bring your friends and family along for an evening of community building!

  We can't wait to see you there!


This project will improve a section of Shermer Road between Waukegan Road and Dempster Street in the Village of Niles. 2018 State of the Streets report indicates Shermer is due for rehabilitation as the pavement condition is approaching poor condition and has reached its useful life. Also, the Village completed a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update in 2022 and identified several corridors for improvement. This section of Shermer Road was identified as a high priority by Village Staff, stakeholders, and the Village’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Group (BPAG). The Village of Niles has a decades long history of safety concerns within the project area. The Village of Niles has been working for more than ten years to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians within this area of the Village. Providing a safe and robust bike facility for users along Shermer Road is a long anticipated, requested, and necessary improvement for the Village residents. The plan development was coordinated with the Village of Morton Grove and Shermer was selected as a potential regional trail connecting the communities of Niles, Morton Grove and Glenview.

In addition, the Village of Niles plans to improve bicycle accommodations at Waukegan Road and Cleveland Street to better connect to the North Branch Trail within the Village and benefit the region. Proposed bike lanes on Shermer Road would improve the overall bicycle connectivity to this key destination from within both the Village of Niles and Morton Grove. 

The project is currently in Preliminary Phase I Engineering and developing alternatives for the project including bike lanes and a median. Construction is is estimated to begin in 2026.

Project Features

  • Road Widening
  • New Bike Lanes
  • Landscape Median
  • Improved Pedestrian Crossing
  • Intersection Improvements
  • ADA Improvements
  • Alternate Design: No Median


Project Alternatives

Shermer Road - Widening with bike lane and median - Option 1

Shermer Road - Resurfacing with bike lane - Option 2

Schedule, Phases and Funding

Phase I: Preliminary Engineering - Began in March 2023. Estimated Completion Summer 2024. Local Funds

Phase II: Design Engineering: Estimated Start Summer 2024. Estimated Completion Summer 2025. Local Funds and Invest in Cook Grant (Pending).

Phase III: Construction: Bid Fall/Early Winter 2025. Construction in 2026. Federally funded grant Surface Transportation Program (STP) and local funds.

For more information, please contact the Village of Niles Public Works Department at 847-588-7900.