Add This to Your Must-Do List This Summer: The Newly Opened 606 Trail
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 place for leisure, but can also serve a very useful purpose for commuters. The path is open from 6am until 11pm and features 12 access points, four of which are located in Chicago parks. All entry/exit points are fully accessible to people with disabilities. There are four elementary schools within a block of the trail and, of course, hundreds of restaurants, bars, and other points of interest a short walking distance from the path. While the trail itself is complete, work continues on some of the surrounding green space at the time of writing.
The trail provides a convenient link between the Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods. Residents and visitors of all four neighborhoods will surely appreciate the easy and enjoyable access to walk or bike to their favorite restaurants, shops and parks along the trail. The trail is also a stand alone destination, with plenty of lookout spots and bench areas at which to linger and watch the passers-by.
Just a few screetscapes of The 606's Opening Day on June 6, 2015:
The opening ceremonies taking place this past weekend had plenty of fanfare and hoopla, from a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Mayor Emanuel to dancing pillow-shaped balloons to a New Orleans style marching band.
It seemed like just about everyone was enjoying this new addition to the neighborhoods, from families out for a walk, to cyclists, to pet owners, to onlookers grilling and waving from their adjacent balconies.
The 606 seems like the newest amenity in these neighborhoods that are already desirable among home buyers and renters. According to data from MRED (Midwest Real Estate Data), home values and rental prices have increased significantly in Logan Square and Humboldt Park over the last 2 years, but it's unclear how much of this rise can be attributed to the anticipated completion of The 606.
In any case, if you haven't been yet, The 606 is definitely worth a visit! Find out more about entry/exit points, hours, and more at The 606 website.