Biking Trails in Chicago

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Biking Trails in Chicago

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  • Amanda C
    Gold Coast, Australia1,647 contributions
    A fantastic trail area along Lake Michigan.
    I walked from town to the Aquarium and Field Museum over a couple of different days and enjoyed the Autumn leaves blowing everywhere, the Canada Geese that had come to visit and getting out into the fresh air.
    If I'd travelled with friends, I definitely would have hired the bikes and done some additional riding and exploring.
    A great open space area for residents and visitors alike.
    Written 30 October 2022
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  • wireless_in_CA
    United States4,696 contributions
    This was our last stop in killing more time before our flight. The 606 was a coverted railroad line that was turned into a 2.7 mile paved trail between Ridgeway Ave to Walsh Park.

    We drove up along Ridgeway Ave which was the entrance for the West Trailhead.

    Street parking was a little concerning given there were at least two abandoned cars that looked like were being stripped. As we walked closer to the entrance a Chicago police car was parked in front with his engine running.

    However once we started walking down the pathway we found it to be well maintained and landscaped. We started seeing more joggers, bikers and people out for walks.

    We followed it for awhile walking past a number of older factory buildings (abandoned, in use or converted to storage) and residential homes. There were also a number of access points along the way that allowed an easy entry or exit from the 606.

    However being away from downtown in a residential suburb meant the it did not have the same impact as the Highline in NYC which weaved its way through downtown and more developed areas that also include shopping malls, restaurants, and artworks.
    Written 18 October 2022
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  • CharlieinTexas
    Austin, TX3,783 contributions
    Walking or riding a bike along the waterfront, or sitting on the bench, it’s just part of what makes this city a fabulous place to visit. Pretty much accessible from anywhere in the city, it’s just a nice place to be/go to.
    Written 25 July 2021
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  • dmbia
    Iowa280 contributions
    I like this better than New York's High Line, on which it was obviously modeled. The main difference is that the High Line is crowded with people at all hours, while the Bloomindale Trail (or 606) has plenty of visitors, but it never feels crowded. It goes through pleasant mostly residential neighborhoods, and there are nice views of the city, particularly while walking eastward. There is easy access to the 'L' from the blue line station at Western/Milwaukee and from bus lines on almost every north/south cross street.
    Written 4 August 2022
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  • Annaline
    Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
    It is a nice biking trail, however for some unknown to me reason I think there was too much broken glass on it. Is it not cleaned too often? Also information boards are scarce and if they exist they are almost unreadable (painted over with graffiti or just damaged). It would be nice to have more information borads on the way so bikers know where they are going and are not lost (there are some changes on the trail that may be confusing, or trails is ending sometimes and bikers need to stay on the street).
    Written 2 September 2015
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  • GuatemalaCiclista
    Chicago, IL357 contributions
    The north branch of the Chicago River has a celebrated history when it comes to natives and settlers alike. The woods have produced evidence of indigenous settlement and even the likes of Kinzie put roots down in these parts on the river. I grew up in these woods so for me nostalgia plays a part in its magnetism. The begining of a bike path starts right on Foster and continues north to the Chicago Botanical Gardens. I would only hope that future visitors be more litter conscious and respect the well trodden dirt paths along the river bank. Read up on the history before visiting and the place will come alive.
    Written 24 December 2020
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