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5/5 - Let's Play Along the Greenway! Expanding Space along the Constitution Trail in Normal, IL

Updated: May 2, 2023

The Constitution Trail is a great amenity and transportation facility for The Town of Normal and City of Bloomington. Join us on a bike tour of the trail to visit some of the most exciting trailside developments from the past 5 years!

This mobile workshop is FREE and open to all!

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Date: May 5, 2023 (rain date May 19, 2023)

Meeting Time: 10 a.m. is our departure time. Those bringing their own bikes should arrive early enough to get their bikes ready. For those borrowing a Rivian bike, arrive at 9:45 a.m.

Approximate End Time: 2:30 pm. An optional after-party is being organized at Fiala Brothers Brewery and Beer Hall.

Meeting Place: Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL (Parking Map). There is an attached parking deck, accessed from West Beaufort. Free passes will be provided. We will meet in the plaza on the east side of Uptown Station, between Uptown Station and the Children’s Discovery Museum (click here for the map).

Please bring: bike, helmet, water bottle, sun block. Purchase a boxed lunch before 5/1 at 9:00 am when registering or bring your own lunch.

Two Rivian bicycles remain available for borrowing. If you would like to check on availability, please email Mercy Davison at . If you are borrowing a Rivian bike, you must bring a helmet. No one can ride without a helmet.


  • Mercy Davison, AICP, Town Planner, Town of Normal

  • Hannah Johnson, Executive Director, Illinois Art Station

  • Nate Bair, Horticulturist, Town of Normal Parks and Recreation

  • Karen Stephens, Early Childhood Nature Play and Learning Expert

  • Bill Davison, Audubon Board Member and Tree Crop Specialist

Things to note:

  • The bike tour will be about 4 miles total. See image below or click here for the map (.pdf).

  • 👕 Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

  • 🚲 A limited number of Rivian bicycles (5) can be made available if you do not have access to one or a way to transport. If you are borrowing a Rivian bike, you must bring a helmet. No one can ride without a helmet. Prior to registering, please email Mercy Davison at for details and to reserve a bike.

  • 🍽️ A boxed lunch from A to Z Catering & Parties can be purchased for $15 and will be delivered midway through the ride on the grounds of the Illinois Art Station. Please purchase through Eventbrite before 5/1 at 9:00 am when registering. You may also bring your own lunch. If RSVPing after 5/1 at 9am, we ask that you bring your own lunch.

  • 🍺 The after-party will be held at Fiala Brothers Brewery and Beer Hall. The brewery is a redevelopment of a non-historic, one-story building into a 2-story brewhouse with front and rear outdoor balcony spaces. The first floor opens to the outdoors via an overhead garage door. The business opened in 2022 and is attracting significant new foot traffic to the east end of Uptown. The brewery is run by the Fiala Brothers, who have at least a half dozen of their own brews on tap at all times. Attendees are on the hook for their own drinks.

  • ☂️ In case of rain, the bike tour will be held on May 19, 2023. Updates will be posted on the registration page for this mobile workshop.


Don't miss out on the main event!

The 2023 Illinois State Section Conference will connect planners throughout Illinois to continuing education, networking opportunities, mobile workshops and more! This annual event promises to be a great value for the money.

Registration includes:

  • April 13-14, 2023 - Virtual Conference Sessions via Thinkific/Zoom

  • April 13, 2023 - Regional, in-person happy hours

  • April 28, 2023 - Champaign, IL Mobile Workshop

  • May 5, 2023 - Normal, IL Mobile Workshop

Earn 7.5 CM credits including law and sustainability!

$75 member rate

$80 non-member rate

$15 student rate

(We collected payments through PayPal. A PayPal account is not necessary for online transactions.)

Virtual conference registration is through Thinkific. Session recordings and CM credits will be available to attendees post-conference.


There's Another Mobile Workshop!

Once March Madness is done, come to Champaign on April 28th and experience Planning Madness! Join the "sweet" City of Champaign Staff, "elite" University of Illinois students & "championship" faculty, and APA-IL's very own "MVP - most valuable planner" Ferhat Zerin, FAICP for a trifecta of planning events. APA-ISS with the assist, baby!

Please RSVP to let us know you're coming. Please note, some mobile workshops may include items not covered by conference registration (example: lunch in Normal).


Registration FAQ

I don't have a PayPal account. Can I still pay with a credit card?

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If you are not an APA or APA-IL member, it isn’t too late to become one and save $$! The APA-IL Chapter Only membership is just $50/year. Not only can you save on the APA-ISS Conference now, but save on all APA-IL events in 2023 including the 2023 State Conference. Sign up today!


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