606 Bloomingdale Trail – Fitness, Food and More – Chicago

What city couldn’t use more green space?  Even Chicago with its stunning lakefront has some neighborhoods that could use more options for fun.  Enter the 606 Bloomingdale Trail.


Welcome sign on The 606

History of The 606


The Bloomingdale train line lay defunct since the ’90s but thanks to Mayor Emanuel’s initiative to create 800 new parks and green space in Chicago, as well as the Friends of Bloomingdale Trail, this rail line, finally, has been converted into a haven high above the busy streets on the near west side of the city.


Couple walking on Bloomingdale Trail

CTA Blue Line over The 606


Ten years in the making, the 606 Bloomingdale Trail (first 3 digits of Chicago’s zip codes) is 2.7 miles of trail which connects Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park and Bucktown, several parks and playgrounds along Bloomingdale Avenue.  It offers a safer way for residents and visitors to enjoy a bit of nature, tranquility and activity several feet above the busy, congested streets.


Runners and cyclist on The 606

Moms with strollers on Bloomingdale Trail

Maplewood Avenue near Bloomingdale Trail


Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, skater or walker, you can enjoy this patch of peace, city views and neighborhood camaraderie.  I spied many a cute doggie along my day on the trail last Friday!




There are access ramps and places to rest every 1/4 mile or so along the 606 Bloomingdale Trail.  Several of these are aligned with the CTA Blue Line stops making it very convenient for commuting to work or getting around the city.


Tables on The 606

Benches along The 606

Place to sit on The 606 Bloomingdale Trail

Dog watching over The 606


The 606 Bloomingdale Trail opened on June 6th and it is still a work in progress.  Construction workers continue to plant flowers, shrubs and trees.  There will be temporary, rotating artwork along the trail, as well as scheduled Family Day events, cycling lessons and CTA commuting tips for boarding bicycles.


Bridge along The 606

Playground along The 606

View of park along The 606

View of downtown Chicago from The 606

Cool house near The 606

California Ave and Bloomingdale Ave

Damen Avenue near The 606

Street view from The 606


Wishing you brought a bike with you?  No worries!  There are Divvy bike stations located along the trail so you can rent one.  Want to ditch your own bike for a while and explore the neighborhoods below on foot?  They’ve got you covered with bike racks peppered every 1/4 mile or so.


Divvy bike stations along Bloomingdale Trail


Forgot your FitBit watch?  Relax!  The 606 Bloomingdale Trail is marked so you can track your activity.


Mileage marker on The 606

Hungry?  The 606 Bloomingdale Trail traverses several great neighborhoods with a plethora of dining options. Here are just a few suggestions:

Near California Ave: Osteria Langhe, Bang Bang Pie & Biscuit

Near Damen Ave: Furious Spoon, Craft Pizza

Near Division St. : Mana Food Bar, Pub Royale, Antique Taco

Near Logan Ave: Longman & Eagle, Jam

Near Western Ave. : Belly Shack, Paladar


Milwaukee Avenue and Bloomingdale Avenue

Access ramp to The 606

Construction workers on The 606

Park expansion sign on The 606


Finally, The 606 Bloomingdale Trail is accepting donations.  Visit their website shown above for more information.  Below are colored discs on one section of the trail where some donor dedications are recorded.


Donations to The 606

Get out.  Get active.  Enjoy The 606 Bloomingdale Trail.

Looking for other fun outdoor activities in Chicago?  Check out my posts on Chicago Summer Dance in Grant Park and Summer Film Series in Millennium Park.


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