The elevated urban park formerly known as the Bloomingdale Trail opened over the weekend. Now known as The 606, it’s Chicago’s answer to New York’s celebrated High Line and Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon — a dirty, disused ribbons of urban blight reborn as badly needed greenspace.
While some publications wring their hands and try to find something wrong with the new park (ZOMG safety! Gentification!), we’d rather celebrate this lovely, quirky, and badly needed thread in Chicago’s urban fabric. So we sent The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell out there on Saturday to chronicle the trail’s very first, of many, days pleasing the public: