Bloomingdale Trail

The Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company laid tracks for Bloomingdale Line in 1873 on Bloomingdale Avenue on the northwest side of Chicago.[1] As the population of the city grew the rails became a danger to residents. In 1893, the city mandated that all tracks be elevated to reduce accidents. Passenger and freight service continued to run as the line was elevated twenty feet.[2] The 2.7 mile elevated line is made of steel reinforced concrete and has 38 viaducts to accommodate traffic.[3]

Railroad traffic slowed in the 1990s and the last train passed over the line in 2001. The City of Chicago purchased the elevated right-of-way from the Canadian Pacific Railway in 2013 and converted it into a greenway. The Bloomingdale Trail opened in June 2015 and is part of a group of parks and trails called “The 606”.[4]

[1] “Bloomingdale Line,” Wikipedia, July 27, 2015,

[2] “History of the Bloomingdale Trail,” Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, July 27, 2015,

[3] “Bloomingdale Line,” Wikipedia, July 27, 2015,

[4] Ibid