By many measures, the effort to convert old elevated railway on Chicago’s Northwest Side into a signature park has been a smashing success.
The 2.7-mile recreation trail, known as The 606, built on old Chicago & Pacific Railroad line has been praised as a model use of public space since it opened two years ago. It's regularly packed with bikers, joggers and walkers.
Art installations and eclectic programming — including evening star gazing sessions, Afro-Latin music and dance demonstrations and puppet shows —have helped make the linear park a destination that draws visitors from beyond the four neighborhoods the trail bisects. Volunteers of the park have even picked fruit grown from the Serviceberry shrubs along the trail and turned them over to a popular Italian ice shop to make treats for a fundraiser for the trail.
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