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As if Chicago summers weren’t already glorious enough, last year brought us the 606 trail. Its 2.7 miles cut through primo neighborhoods, perfect for spending a weekend afternoon. So, without further ado, here’s your perfect itinerary for a day of walking, biking or blading the trail.

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Start with brunch at Mott St

From the 606: .8 mile from the Wood Street access ramp

Fuel up for the day at chef Edward Kim’s new Asian fusion restaurant, Mott St, where dishes like Thai-style congee and pork belly Benedict take the concept of brunch to a whole new level. We won’t tell anyone if you order a midday cocktail (or three).

1401 N. Ashland Ave.; 773-687-9977 or


Scope Out the Shops in Wicker Park

From the 606: .2 miles from the Churchill access ramp 

Exit the 606 trail via the Churchill ramp, lock your bike and start seriously scoping out the fall fashion available in Wicker Park. We recommend kicking back at Marine Layer, a store so sunny and stocked with classic, casual tees, you might forget you’re not in Venice Beach, California. 

646 N. Damen Ave.; 872-206-5668 or


Cool Down at Miko's Italian Ice

From the 606: .2 miles from the Churchill access ramp

You can’t go to Bucktown and not get Miko’s Italian Ice. Go for the classic lemon or switch things up with the delicious banana chocolate chip. Can’t decide between flavors? Make it a combo so you don’t have to pick.

1846 N. Damen Ave.; 773-645-9664 or


Stroll, Ride or Skate Through Humboldt Park

From the 606: .7 miles from the Humboldt Park access ramp

We?d be remiss if we didn?t mention the absolutely gorgeous, absolutely humongous Humboldt Park on this list. You?re already out and about so take some time to explore the fairy-tale gardens of this Chicago treasure. 

1400 N. Sacramento Ave.; 312-742-7549 or


Wind Down with a Gin Cocktail

From the 606: .4 miles from the Spaulding access ramp

That’s enough healthy for us, right? Take your final off-ramp via the Spaulding access point. Post up at Scofflaw, the much beloved gin joint in Logan Square and cheers to a day well spent in the sun. 

3201 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-252-9700 or

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From the 606: .4 miles from the Spaulding access ramp

We know: You?re hungry. Close out the tab at Scofflaw and head over to Sink | Swim, the latest oyster- and seafood-centric restaurant to take Logan Square by storm. With desserts like popcorn custard and caramelized white-chocolate cheesecake, you?ll end the day on definitively sweet note. Not bad, 606. Not bad.

3213 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-486-7465 or

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