PROJECT TRAIL: Bloomingdale Trail (The 606)


The Bloomingdale Trail, part of “The 606” park system, is a 2.7-mile, elevated rail-trail on Chicago’s northwest side. Built on a former rail line, the trail sits nearly 20 feet above four of the city’s neighborhoods: Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square.

The elevated trailway runs from Ridgeway Avenue to Marshfield Avenue with bridges over all the city streets it crosses, and access ramps down to street level below. The 606 project has not only improved local parks, but also created community artwork displays near many of these lower access points. Parks below and a wonderful linear parkway above.

Much planning and work has gone into the trailside landscaping and amenities. Even the trail itself has been built with gentle curves and modest elevation changes, prompting one to slow down and take in the surroundings.

The trail surface is designed to help everyone enjoy their sojourn here from start to finish. There’s a wide center section of concrete for all users on wheeled vehicles—bikes, scooters, inline skates and skateboards; and there are soft-surface side paths for walkers and runners.


All project trails listed on are in various phases of development and may not be open for public use. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy does not manage any trails listed on To learn more about the current status of trail development, please look in the "Related Links" section below to find contact information for the local organization or agency responsible for trail management.