The Bloomingdale Trail, part of "The 606" park system, is a proposed 2.7-mile, elevated rail-trail on Chicago's northwest side, similar to New York's famous High Line. The corridor, once belonging to the Canadian Pacific Railway, sits nearly 20 feet above four of the city's neighborhoods: Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square. Eight access points along the route will allow people to reach the trail from parks and other gathering points below.
The Bloomingdale Trail is designed to be multipurpose, featuring a concrete path for bicyclists and a parallel soft-surface track for walkers and runners. The project will also include art plazas, entertainment venues, flowering trees, winding nature walks off the main trail, an astronomy observatory, and benches where trail users can rest and enjoy the views.
Construction of the trail has begun and The Trust for Public Land hopes to have the trail useable end to end by the fall of 2014.
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