Sitting above Chicago's streets, and below elevated train tracks, the Bloomingdale Park itself is low enough that you can look down and see the views of low-rise residential neighborhoods. The smooth surface is augmented by rubberized, padded shoulders where walkers can move aside to make room for faster users. There are no cross-streets, and there is a fence the full length of the walkway, making this a family-friendly safe and scenic trip.
Plants, flowers and trees line the route, and you'll feel a sense of sanctuary as you walk along free of cars and buses. While there are no restrooms along the way, you'll find water fountains at each end and conveniently placed trash containers for your pup's "business." Benches are scattered on the trail, some of them in small plaza-type platforms, that allow you and Fido to take a rest and maybe share a snack before moving on. Random urban sculptures made of materials like old tires add some interest.
Whether you're a resident of one of the 4 neighborhoods through which the park runs, or visiting from out of town, an hour or two on the 606 through Bloomingdale Park is a fine way to get some exercise away from the city's hustle and bustle.