The 606

Opened in 2015, The 606 is an innovative project on Chicago's Northwest side that has transformed nearly three miles of unused rail line into the elevated Bloomingdale Trail. Set above city streets, the park and trail system includes elevated trails for bikers, runners, and walkers; four access parks at the ground level; event spaces; alternative transportation avenues; and green, open space for Chicagoans from all neighborhoods to enjoy. Named for the 606 zip code prefix all Chicagoans share, The 606 connects parks, people, and communities: what once physically separated four neighborhoods now knits them together.

As lead partner, The Trust for Public Land was 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. A series of community meetings and design workshops with neighbors, local leaders, and designers led to an exciting framework. A team of landscape architects, engineers, and a lead artist took this creative thinking and developed the final park design to reflect the community’s desires and needs and celebrate local cultures.