Our family can't wait until the 606 Trail officially opens next June. Dubbed the Millennium Park for Chicago neighborhoods, this three-mile long elevate park/trail will take over an abandoned railway, linking neighborhoods and providing bike and jogging paths as well as plenty of new green space. The park will even feature an observatory, designed by the Adler Planetarium.
To get families even more excited for this newest city gem, the Trust for Public Land is pleased to announce Trail Mix, a free monthly series of family events and conversations about The 606.
Special Trail Mix Family Days will offer fun, hands-on activities for children ages 3-12 and their families while in the evenings, adults can join behind-the-scenes Conversations with Experts working on the 606's history, design and construction. You can download the complete events calendar in English and Spanish, where you'll also find registration information. Be sure to check out A Trail through Chicago's Manufacturing History (click here to watch the video). To learn more about the 606 Trail, visit the606.org or follow the 606 on Facebook.
A Living Work of Art
Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee
A solar observatory, a wheel-friendly event plaza,
and miles and miles of walls make up a vibrant world of art, both
present and possible on The 606.
Hear all about it from the artists who will be part of this local and global cultural asset.
Bridges: Up, Over, Through and Down
Saturday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bucktown-Wicker Park Library, 1701 N. Milwaukee
Thirty-eight bridges and viaducts span the length of The 606. Construction crews had to build, knock down and even move bridges to create the 2.7- mile - long elevated trail. Learn more about the process, explore how bridges work and engineer your own to take home. We'll visit the Milwaukee Avenue Bridge for inspiration.
Trailblazers Tell All
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee
From the early dreams of the founders of The Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail to a blow-by-blow description of what it takes to demolish one bridge and move another, hear first-hand stories about the true grit it takes to build Chicago's next great park, The 606.