New Monuments for New Cities is the inaugural project of the High Line Network Joint Art Initiative, a new collaboration between industrial reuse projects in North America.
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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New Monuments for New Cities is a public art exhibition in which artists were asked to imagine new monuments. Their designs will travel to five cities next year, to be displayed in industrial reuse spaces, beginning in Buffalo Bayou in Houston in February, and ending on the High Line in New York in October.
Haven’t visited The 606 yet? Take a virtual tour of Chicago’s first elevated park.