Bloomingdale Trail (The 606)


Bloomingdale Trail (The 606) Facts

States: Illinois
Counties: Cook
Length: 2.7 miles
Trail end points: Ridgeway Ave. and Marshfield Ave.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017541
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Bloomingdale Trail (The 606) Description

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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

Bloomingdale Trail (The 606) Reviews

Being a Chicagoan I had yet to ride the 606 until last week. My first impression was what a great trail. The idea of traveling without motor traffic and no stops for almost three miles flies by. The ride on the return trip was much slower as there was more traffic on The 606. Still it was the fastest way to travel through this area. The 606 has also improved an area that at one time the term less desirable would of been an understatement. The area has improved and the beauty of The 606 matches the surrounding homes and neighborhoods. This in my opinion is from The 606. We found all the people very pleasant on our journey and they seemed to be very proud of The 606. we saw the Chicago Police Department in a strong presence on our Saturday journey. The CPD was on both foot and bicycle. My only complaint is that it is too short of a trail. Hopefully Chicago will develop more of these useful neighborhood enhancing trails. It is all good on The 606.

The 606 ultra-smooth surface is great for inline skating!

This is a pretty great trail for bikers and runners only when there aren't a lot of people on it(thats rare). Winters make the trail empty. during summer if u want to get a workout you should come early morning or late evening to not have to dodge everyone. nonetheless I love it, having a trail so close allows me to bike more.


A couple of relatives and I walked this trail on 8-15-15. We all thought it was great. However, this trail is somewhat narrow. You have to be on your toes and aware of the bikes speeding by at all times, as this trail seemed crowded even for a Monday when we walked it. As stated in other reviews, I would imagine on a nice Saturday morning it would be almost overrun with congestion. The trail is short(around three miles), so to me it's more of a walking trail. But it's well worth it to check out. It has very new, clean look to it, and best of all, it cuts right through some of Chicago's neighborhoods without the hassles of traffic. Although there are some open areas, on many stretches you're surrounded by buildings on both sides, close to the trail. But most are two or three stories high, so the trail retains an open feel to it.

This trail turned out to be a great use of abandoned railway and is a wonderful example of what an urban trail can be. Connects to city parks and provides plenty of great views of the city, with foot traffic (supposedly) separated from bike traffic and using a rubberized track. Great way to take in the city from above.

This is a good route but after 10 pm unless you're trying to go slow. This was built as a commuter route but is really more along the lines of public park or something. Tons of people walking dogs, children riding scooters and just people kind of using the path like it's just another sidewalk. In my experience, if you go before 10pm you will just be dodging kids, dogs and unaware pedestrians. However, once it clears out after 10pm this is a great route for anyone training. Hopefully the commuters will actually get to use this safely once the "new-trail hype" dies down a bit.

Nice and short. Almost 3 miles of biking from Ashland to almost Central Park. Nice homes and development happing.

It's been just over a month since the official opening of this trail, and already it's plain to see it's going to be a great one. There are still some amenities that need to be added, landscaping that needs to be completed, and infrastructure to be built up around it. But the trail surface is complete and it's design is perfect.

I drove into the city and rented a Divvy Bike to ride the trail. And even at midday on a weekday, there were a lot of users on the trail. Families, groups of kids and friends. Walkers, bikers and skateboarders. Young and old alike. Plus a healthy presence of Chicago's Finest (police), as well.

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