Monday, July 11, 2016


Yesterday I was checking my TrailLink app and was surprised to 'discover' a relatively new trail within a three mile walk of my home. It is an elevated trail that cuts through a number of neighborhoods in a part of town that I rarely visit. The paved elevated trail runs nearly 3 miles. I incorporated this into my afternoon Sunday hike which was recorded as a 14 mile trip. I mistakenly did not activate the MapMyWalk app until I had walked just over one mile - so in reality I walked 15 miles yesterday.

Weather conditions were favorable for an afternoon urban hike.
A 11-foot-tall long and curvy sculpture made of recycled rubber tires and stainless steel named "Brick House" has landed on a rest plaza along the elevated Bloomingdale Trail in Bucktown and is The 606's first major art installation.

This was the end of the Bloomingdale Trail - but nowhere near the end of my hike.

This was my output from my morning workout on the elliptical machine right after breakfast


Your Food Diary For:

BREAKFAST Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Kroger - Country Grits - Butter Flavor 300 63 3 6 1,020 3

300 63 3 6 1,020 3
Real Foods - Corn Thins Organic 575 100 0 13 325 0

575 100 0 13 325 0
Generic - Beef and Vegetable Chili 600 80 16 39 835 0

600 80 16 39 835 0
Milk Chocolate Cherries 400 56 22 4 22 47
Atkins - Coconut Almond Bar, 1 bar 200 3 15 7 90 1

600 59 37 11 112 48
Totals 2,075 302 56 69 2,292 51
Your Daily Goal 5,965 745 199 299 2,300 223
Remaining 3,890 443 143 230 8 172
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
*You've earned 4,035 extra calories from exercise today
If every day were like today...   You'd weigh 178.8 lbs in 5 weeks.


       Your Exercise Diary for:

Cardiovascular Minutes Calories Burned
99 1,422
177 2,893
Ic_i N/A -280

Daily Total / Goal 277 / 30 4,035 / 590  
Weekly Total / Goal 1450 / 210 15,986 / 4,130             

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this information came directly from website

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The 606?

The 606 takes Chicago’s legacy of great parks to new heights. The 606 has the elevated Bloomingdale Trail as its centerpiece, connected to six neighborhood parks at ground level, a wheel-friendly event plaza, an observatory, art installations, educational programming, and other amenities. Set above city streets, it’s a new way to explore Chicago on trails for biking, running and strolling. The 606 also connects parks, people, and communities; what once physically separated four neighborhoods now will knit them together and attract visitors from throughout Chicago and beyond. Imagine block after block of uninterrupted trails. Kids will learn to ride their bikes here, commuters will find a new shortcut to work, and neighbors will make new friends. The 606 will change what it means to go to the park.

What will The 606 bring to Chicago?

Building on the City’s legacy for innovative parks, The 606 is the latest in Chicago’s long line of world-class public spaces. It will provide nearly three miles of much-needed open green space, and link four diverse city neighborhoods with the elevated trail and six neighborhood parks. The 606 will also bring economic development, public health, safety, environmental, and transportation benefits to our community. It will serve 80,000 neighbors—including 20,000 children—within a ten minute walk and is also expected to be a popular, citywide attraction and tourist destination.

Why is it called The 606?

The project is named for the 606 zip code prefix Chicagoans share, reflecting the park and trail system’s role as a community connector. The 606 name also evokes a connection to the site’s transportation history, a play on the tradition of using numbers to name rail lines, highways and other transportation corridors.

Where is The 606?

The park and trail system is on Chicago’s Northwest side, running along Bloomingdale Ave (1800 N), from Ashland Ave (1600 W) on the east to Ridgeway Ave (3750 W) on the west. The project connects four ethnically and economically diverse Chicago neighborhoods: Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square.

Can I use The 606 now?

The 606 will open June 6, 2015. During construction, the entirety of the centerpiece Bloomingdale Trail and portions of some parks are closed to the public. No trespassing, please.

Who is working on the project?

The 606 is a public/private partnership between the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, and The Trust for Public Land. The Trust for Public Land is the lead private partner on The 606, and the project manager on behalf of the Chicago Park District. The not-for-profit is the nation’s leading organization focused on creating parks for people, especially urban park space, and is overseeing civic engagement, fundraising and land acquisition for the project. The completed park and trail system will be funded through a mix of federal, state and local funding, as well as private and corporate philanthropy.

How much will The 606 cost and who will pay for it?

The project budget is $95 million. The team has already raised $76 million towards completion of the project, including $56 million in public funds and $20 million in private donations. The 606’s unique plan presents significant, creative donor recognition opportunities, and charitable gifts of all sizes will fund at least one-third of total project costs.

When will The 606 be complete?

The project broke ground in August 2013. The first phase of project is opening June 6, 2015.  At that time, the elevated Bloomingdale Trail—the centerpiece of the system—and four of the connected parks will be open and accessible. Additional parks, further arts integration and enhanced landscaping will follow in additional phases.

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this article appeared on just over one year ago, on June 7, 2015

Chicago’s 606 is America’s newest ‘transformative’ trail

Published: June 7, 2015 7:58 p.m. ET

Chicago’s 606 park and trail system opened Saturday, becoming the Second City’s answer to New York City’s incredibly popular High Line.
Both have converted abandoned elevated rail lines into linear parks. But they differ in other ways.
The Bloomingdale Trail (named after the rail line that it once was, the Bloomingdale Line, and the adjacent street, Bloomingdale Avenue, not the store Bloomingdale’s) runs 2.7 miles across four neighborhoods, making it nearly twice the length of the High Line, which opened its third and final phase in 2014. But the estimated cost of $95 million for the entire 606 project, including new parks, makes it far, far cheaper than the High Line. And the landscaping, at least for now, is nowhere near as lush.
Unlike the High Line, bicycles are welcome on the Bloomingdale Trail. In fact, the trail is considered transit infrastructure, given that much of the money came from a Federal Highway Administration program to reduce congestion and pollution.
“Transformative” is a word officials involved in the 606 project like to use. Other cities have their own visions for trails that double as linear parks and help boost neighborhoods, just as the High Line helped do. One is Atlanta and its Beltline, now under construction and which will use four abandoned freight-line rights of way to encircle the center of the city. 

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