With tree-lined streets and over 7,300 acres of parks, it’s easy to see why Chicago’s official city motto is “City in a Garden.” Seize the last of the season’s warm weather and enjoy a bit of urban nature with an autumn bike ride along the elevated 606 Bloomingdale Trail. Mondial River West is just a couple pedals away from the easternmost ramp at Walsh Park. As you zoom above the city streets, you’ll experience great views of the changing fall foliage.
History of the 606 Bloomingdale Trail
The 606 (also known as the Bloomingdale Trail) has twelve access ramps. When you arrive, take a minute to stop and admire the sturdy concrete embankments: they have been standing for over one hundred years. Although the 606 trail opened as recently as 2015, the site’s history stretches back to the 1870s.
The path runs along a former train line that was built to help the city recover from the devastation of the Great Chicago Fire. Freight trains rumbled along the rails until dwindling use led to their abandonment in the 1990s. The elevated tracks later became the beautifully landscaped city park that so many walkers, joggers, and cyclists enjoy today.
The 606 runs straight through some of Chicago’s most exciting and diverse neighborhoods. Hop on and hop off the trail to visit attractions in Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Hermosa, and Humboldt Park. To celebrate reaching the end of the trail in an autumnal way, jaunt over to the brand-new urban cider house Right Bee Cider. They brew their ciders on-site with local fruit and honey from their very own rooftop beehives. Cheers!
If you’re ready for winter, celebrate with these local winter activities, too. Located in the heart of the city, our walkable, bikeable community could be your new home. Contact us to learn more about becoming a resident of Mondial River West today.Back to all posts