Above the Rails Gala to celebrate "The 606" opening

Above the Rails Gala to celebrate "The 606" opening
First shovels turned in the construction of The 606's Bloomingdale Trail that will open on June 6.

The Trust for Public Land will host Above the Rails, the inaugural gala celebrating the grand opening of The 606, Chicago's next great park, trail and arts corridor, on Friday, June 5, at Western Trail Head (1821 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago).

The party will bring together Chicago's most influential civic and philanthropic leaders for a sneak peek of the elevated Bloomingdale Trail, the nearly 3-mile long centerpiece of The 606.   Built along a defunct railroad line, The 606 will run through Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Humboldt Park.  (It's named The 606 because it's the first three numerals of the zip code all Chicago residents share).

The 606 before its transformation.

Part of The 606 before its transformation.

The party will offer a "magical evening of unexpected surprises" as well as a lineup of local chefs including Rick Bayless and Bill Kim, plus award-winning mixologist Charles Joly.  An after-party will follow the gala celebration.

The 606 will officially open the following day with performances, art and a community celebration along the trail.  (For tickets and more info, click here).

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