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.
While there are no designated parking areas for the trail, there are multiple Metra and CTA train and bus routes with stops nearby, as well as Divvy bike-sharing stations.
There are more than a dozen ramp/access points to the trail, each about a quarter mile apart. These are at major street crossings and neighborhood parks along the trail.