April 21, 2021

The 606: new Chicago Park above the fray

I finally got to visit the new elevated park connecting Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square that opened on June 6, 2015. Built on the old tracks of the Bloomingdale railroad line, the 2.7 mile structure boasts a wheel friendly event plaza, an observatory, art installations and landscaping. There are twelve ramped access points between Walsh Park at Marshfield and Ashland on the east and Western Trailhead at Ridgeway and Lawndale at the western terminus.

We saw a man in a motorized wheel chair who had entered at the eastern entrance ramp to the trail. He had a little dog proudly sitting on his lap as they whizzed by the joggers and strollers. Leashed dogs are allowed on the 606.
If you are driving to the park, there are plenty of north/south streets west of Ashland that have free parking up until 6 pm when a neighborhood parking pass becomes necessary.
Managed by the Chicago Park District, the 606 adheres to regular park hours, 6 am to 11 pm.

The homes along the 606 view this structure as mixed blessing since park visitors can easily peer into windows and yards, but this makes for dandy gawking as one strolls, bikes or runs along the trail.

Photos by Elizabeth Doyle

The park is only ten feet wide but it crosses 37 bridges, has 1400 trees and 200 plant species. You might want to visit the 606 early in the day since it is a veritable freeway during peak hours.

I can’t wait for fall when the temperatures drop on the concrete path and the foliage gives us a variegated color scheme.



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