HUMBOLDT PARK — The 606, Chicago's park system connecting four neighborhoods via the elevated Bloomingdale Trail, is turning 2 years old this weekend.
To mark the milestone, there will be a big block party with music, crafts and community processions along the 2.7-mile-long Bloomingdale Trail from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.
Revelers can enjoy a festival with music, food and beer booths from Revolution Brewing, as well as merchandise and community kiosks at 1800 North Humboldt Boulevard between Wabansia and Cortland on the western end of the trail.
Additionally, there will be lots of family-friendly activities (crafts, tinker toy towers, lawn games, etc.) provided by more than two dozen community groups at the following ground-level parks: Churchill Field Park, 1825 N. Damen Ave.; Park 567, 1805 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland Ave.; and Julia de Burgos, 1805 N. Albany Ave.
Artists participating in the party include Jon Langford and the Four Lost Souls, Cumbanchero, A Big Band Tribute to Rafael Hernandez, ¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, Mr. Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies, Michael Wheeler Band, Sons of Susan, Girls of the Golden West, Volo Bog Trotters, Melody Angel, the Graffiti Institute, Opera-Matic and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.
Neighbors are also invited to show their community spirit by forming their own processions along the Bloomingdale Trail toward the Humboldt Boulevard festival from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The festivities will conclude with an “Illumination Hour” procession on the Bloomingdale Trail from 8:30 to 9 p.m. using illuminated objects.
See the full lineup, below. For more info, visit the park's website.