The 606 Trail, known as the Bloomingdale Trail, is almost three miles long and is the longest greenway project of a previously elevated railroad line in America. It is a relatively new trail that opened in June of 2015, and has a 14-foot wide elevated paved path for walking, running, or biking. Dogs are welcome, and you will see plenty of them along the 606. Starting at the Ridgeway Trailhead on Ridgeway Avenue, this pawesome trail takes you through Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Bucktown, and Wicker Park and features five parks where you and Fido can take restroom and water breaks.
This trail is well-lit, well-marked, and very clean, with benches and trash cans all along the way, but you will need to bring your own doggy cleanup bags. There are water fountains every half mile or so that are always on, so you don’t have to worry about water, just bring a bowl for your thirsty pup. There's not much shade along the way, but there is a lot of vegetation with gorgeous colorful plants, bushes, and small trees.
The path is very well maintained, and there are quite a few access points along the way if you want to enter at a different spot to make the trail shorter. The Humboldt Overlook is a pawtastic bridge with excellent lighting and seating to stop and take a look at the historic district below. Kimball Park has a picnic area and playground, Julia de Burgos Park has a poetry garden, and the Fido favorite is Walsh Park, which has a dog run and baseball field.
The 606 also has an art program that features both temporary and permanent art projects with sculptures, paintings, participatory pieces, and youth art. If you get hungry, there are several furific places to stop along the way like Belly Shack, Feast, Mindy’s, and the Bucktown Pub. You and your canine kid are going to want to come back every day to explore and enjoy the 606.
Watch out for fast bike riders and skateboarders.