Chicago’s 606 trail hopes to bring park system to new heights

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CHICAGO -- Once known as the Bloomingdale Trail, because it runs along Bloomingdale Avenue, Chicago's newest park has been re-christened the 606, taking its name from the first three digits of the city's zip code.

It promises to take Chicago's treasured park system to new heights -- 17 feet above the street, to be exact.

Built on an abandoned railway, the 606 stretches 2.7 miles along the Northwest Side, from the Kennedy past Kimball.

It connects four of Chicago's most diverse neighborhoods: Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Humboldt Park.

The cost: 95 million dollars. Fifty from the federal government, 40 from private donors -- and just $5 million from the city, leaving a new public space that will many are hoping will be priceless addition to Chicago's park system.

The park is open and free to the public every day from a.m until 11 p.m. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash


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