The 606: Bloomingdale Trail Gets New Name, Final Plans Revealed

By Victoria Johnson on June 18, 2013 9:16am 

CHICAGO — As city planners prepare to unveil final plans for the Bloomingdale Trail Tuesday, they have announced that it will also be getting a new name — "The 606."

Officials seemingly had struggled with finding the perfect name for the three-mile elevated park system, even briefly dropping the "Trail" and calling it simply "The Bloomingdale."

It looks like this moniker is set to stick, however, as a new website, complete with a new "The 606" logo, has replaced the old Bloomingdale Trail site.

But for those in love with the name Bloomingdale Trail, do not fear. Spokeswoman Brie Callahan said the trail itself will keep that name, while it and its five entry parks will fall under the umbrella name "The 606."

The name comes from the 606 prefix found in every ZIP code in the city.

“The Bloomingdale Trail and connecting parks will be a distinct and user-friendly open space, and calling the system the 606 will draw an immediate connection between the system and the neighborhoods it serves,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Whether you are a cyclist, runner or student walking to school, the 606 will be a great addition for all Chicagoans and a prime destination for visitors.”

Construction is set to begin this summer on The 606, which will extend through Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Wicker Park and Bucktown. The first phase of the project is set to open in the fall of 2014.

Officials will be holding a public meeting in Logan Square Tuesday evening to unveil final plans for the park before groundbreaking.

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