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Add This to Your Must-Do List This Summer: The Newly Opened 606 Trail

June 8,2015 | By Elizabeth Nazarian

The much anticipated Bloomingdale Trail, or The 606, opened last weekend to massive crowds. Opening Day was actually 6/06! Named The 606 after the first 3 digits of the zip codes in the City of Chicago, the elevated trail reclaims a former railway track in the Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square neighborhoods for green space. The landmark $95 million project was a decade in the making and now provides 2.7 miles of elevated paved bicycle and walking paths that follow Bloomindale Avenue, which runs east-west at 1800 north, and starts at 1600 west and ends at around 3700 west. The trail traverses many CTA bus lines, the CTA Blue Line train, and the Metra train, so it's not just a great...

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The Changing Face of Chicago's West Loop

April 29,2015 | By Elizabeth Nazarian

Think you know the West Loop? Can you close your eyes and visualize it? The century old low-rise storefronts of various shades of brick and the large old yellow and red brick warehouses and factories with their impressive metal loading docks lining Randolph and Lake? Think again. The face of the West Loop is changing dramatically due to a spur of building activity. Everywhere you look, from Canal on the east to Ashland on the West, new construction abounds in various stages of completion. This is a really exciting moment in time for this nook of Chicago, as you can still capture the industrial, gritty feel of a bygone meatpacking era, but this stretch of the city will likely look and f...

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