Could the 606’s Expansion Really Happen?
Nov29

Could the 606’s Expansion Really Happen?

Projects come and projects go.  That’s that nature of life in a big city, and the reason why we greet so many big projects with skepticism. There are certain content aggregators in town who immediately latch on to any e-mailed announcement and present it to their readers as if the project has merit, funding, and a chance in Hell of becoming reality.  All it takes is a free blogging account sprinkled with buzzwords and pretty...

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Art Is Blooming Up Above The Streets On The 606
Oct13

Art Is Blooming Up Above The Streets On The 606

If you haven’t been up to The 606 yet, the weather is still pleasant enough for a stroll above the busy streets. And now, there’s more public art to enjoy. A new installation of artist Chakaia Booker’s Brick House 2015 has just been completed. The large sculpture is made of rubber tires, rubber and stainless steel. You can find it at the Damen Arts Plaza, a few blocks west of Milwaukee and North Ave. on Damen Ave. Further west, at the...

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The 606 Getting Ready for Hippies, Sunbeams, and Scientists
Jul20

The 606 Getting Ready for Hippies, Sunbeams, and Scientists

Looking for a place to celebrate the next celestial event, but can’t afford to splash out $900 for an economy-class ticket to London, $80 for the train to Salisbury, and $30 for the cab ride to Stonehenge?  Grab your crystals and your patchuli-soaked poncho and head to the west end of The 606 That’s where, starting today, crews will be adding the celestial markers to the trail head feature known as The Observatory.  From...

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The 606 on 6/06
Jun08

The 606 on 6/06

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...

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The 606 Preps For Official Opening
May28

The 606 Preps For Official Opening

A couple of years ago, when a friend convinced me to hike along the Bloomingdale Trail, it wasn’t much to look at. Aficionados of weeds and urban decay might have found beauty in it, but it was hard to look past the schmutz and detritus along the 2.7-mile elevated track. Fast-forward to the present and this former ugly duckling is about to take flight as a swan. The 606 will be open and ready to take its place among the great city...

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