Chicago: Downtown & Central

The 606 (Bloomingdale) Trail

Victor Grigas

The 606 Trail is a brand new elevated urban trail built along a former rail line in Chicago’s west side. Opened in 2015, this is a wonderful urban greenway with separate pedestrian & bike paths, public art, and lovely landscaping. Also known as the Bloomingdale Trail, it runs 2.7 miles, from Walsh Park at the I-90, west to N. Ridgeway Ave. Modeled after The Highline in New York City, the 606 has sprouted a whole revitalization of the area, including cafes & restaurants.

An out and back along the trail is 5.4 miles. A nice add-on is Humboldt Park, which which has 2 miles of green trails around a couple of ponds. It’s 0.3 miles along N. Humboldt Blvd. (at the 1.7 mile mark of the 606 Trail), to Humboldt Park. Another nice add-on is the Wicker Park neighborhood, just to the east of Humboldt Park.

A sort of ‘greenway’ has also been built along N. Humboldt Blvd. heading north, for 1.3 miles through Palmer Square to the Logan Square subway station.

606 Trail Information

 

Essentials
  • Trail: 2.7 miles one-way; Humboldt Park loop is 2.5 mile add-on
  • Flat
  • East: Walsh Park at the I-90; West: N. Ridgeway Ave. Numerous other access points
  • Subway: Western Station at east end of 606 Trail