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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forgot your FitBit watch? Relax! The 606 Bloomingdale Trail is marked so you can track your activity.
Hungry? The 606 Bloomingdale Trail traverses several great neighborhoods with a plethora of dining options. Here are just a few suggestions:
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.
Get out. Get active. Enjoy The 606 Bloomingdale Trail.
ROAM. REVEL. REPEAT.