7 Reasons to Love the 606
Where to run, bike and take selfies
Whether you’re team 312 or 773, all you’ll be talking about this summer is the 606: the new rails-to-trails parkland reclamation of the old Canadian Pacific line. It will henceforth be known as the hottest place in town to run, bike and take selfies.
Here’s your personal guide to the elevated party, courtesy of locals who captured great Instagram shots of the trail’s action-packed opening weekend.
One of a Kind
The 606 will endlessly be compared to New York’s famed High Line, but there’s nothing else quite like it, anywhere--you can cover portions of four different neighborhoods (Bucktown, Wicker Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square) without fighting the cars and buses 17 feet below. Our first day above the fray? We pre-gamed with Negroni slushies at Parson’s, then hopped on at Humboldt for our first overhead view of the boulevard.
Mix It Up
The 606 replaces years of weedy overgrowth with a landscaped, well-lit and guardrail-lined path for bikes and soft rubber shoulders for runners. There are 37 bridges and twists, turns and elevation changes galore. Markers at .1-mile intervals make it easy to track the distance of your urban adventure. For a group training experience, sign up for On Your Mark’s 30-minute 606 running class on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
The Setting Sun
Be sure to check out the western end of the trail at Ridgeway Avenue, where a spiraling solar observatory is an Instagram-ready place to revel in sunsets behind an industrial cityscape dotted with old factories and warehouses--if you’re going today, shoot for about 8 p.m.
Jazz It Up
Plan to dismount your bike for a stop at the Humboldt Park Boathouse (1400 N. Sacramento Ave.), an architectural gem and host of the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival on July 17 and 18. Many of the musicians got their start right there in the neighborhood, so expect a festive homecoming vibe in a bucolic setting.
See the Wizard
This trail has ties to another famous (yellow) one: Follow the elevated road and hop off at 1667 N. Humboldt Boulevard to read the historic marker where author L. Frank Baum lived while writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.