Soon both residents and tourists alike will be able to tell anonymous personal stories about Chicago along The 606’s Bloomingdale Trail, which will then be broadcast for all runners, cyclists and walkers to enjoy.
As part of a plan to bring more open space to Chicago’s northwest side, the city converted the abandoned Bloomingdale Rail Line into a 2.7-mile linear park.
First proposed in 2004 as part of the Logan Square Open Space Plan, the park had widespread community support and input from the beginning. Public input helped develop the park’s design, function, and aesthetics. The 606—named for the zip code prefix that all Chicagoans share—opened in 2015, connecting four diverse neighborhoods, and bringing together arts, history, and design. The park and trail system includes elevated trails for bikers, runners, and walkers; four access parks at the ground level; event spaces; alternative transportation avenues; and green, open space for Chicago. The 606 is a public-private partnership between the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, and the Trust for Public Land.
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
|Size||20 acres, 2.7 miles|
|Design Team||Collins Engineering, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Frances Whitehead|
Managed and operated by the Chicago Park District in partnership with the Trust for Public Land and the City of Chicago
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By many measures, the effort to convert old elevated railway on Chicago’s Northwest Side into a signature park has been a smashing success.
An antiquated swing bridge across the North Branch of the Chicago River may hold the key to the extension of the 606 Bloomingdale Trail.