What’s not to like about the Bloomingdale Trail, the 2.75-mile elevated greenway and “linear park” that promises to put NYC’s High Line to shame? The new name. To avoid confusion with Bloomingdale’s department store, the city has re-christened the trail plus its access parks as The 606, although the path itself will still go by its old appellation. The reboot is a necessary evil for attracting corporate sponsorship, but the planners were asking for trouble by choosing a name that’s so similar to the Number of the Beast. They’re one step ahead of us though—the logo features an extra-large zero, making it difficult to transform into a legible six with the stroke of a Sharpie.
Above Bloomingdale Avenue from Ashland to Ridgeway, The606.org
AUDIENCE CHOICE: Variations of High Line, including “Not-The-Highline, But-Like-The-Highline”: “High Line West”;”Highest Line”; “The Higherline”: “The Mid-Line”; and “The High Life”
Audience Comments: “Rail Roaded”; “The Big Shoulder”; “Da Bloom”
Best of Chicago 2013