The 606

Next to a busy park, an abandoned rail corridor will be developed as part of the Bloomingdale Trail
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David Schalliol

The 606 is an innovative project on Chicago's Northwest side that will transform nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail, which will be linked to six ground-level neighborhood parks. When complete, it will also feature an observatory, skate park, art installations, educational programming, and other amenities.

The park and trail system is named for the 606 zip code prefix all Chicagoans share. Set above city streets, it will serve as a new way to explore Chicago on trails for biking, running, and strolling. The 606 also connects parks, people, and communities: what once physically separated four neighborhoods now will knit them together through an education program in partnership with the more than 20 nearby schools. The 606 will attract visitors from within the city and people visiting from afar.

As lead partner, we're involved with all aspects of the project: acquiring land, raising funds, overseeing community participation and design competitions, and coordinating the efforts of other organizations and agencies.

We are proud to host Trail Mix: lively activity-filled events for families and conversations with experts about history, design, and construction.

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