Conceptual Images of the Proposed Bloomingdale Trail Linear Urban Park in Chicago

bloomingdale-trail-greenway-concept (All images courtesy of The Trust for Public Land and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc)

Urban Ghosts recently featured the abandoned Bloomingdale Line in Chicago, which is now the subject of Logan Square Open Space Plan‘s proposed new urban greenway. The original track, built in 1873, was elevated 20 feet after 1910 to stop freight and passenger trains colliding with pedestrians.



The 2.7 mile long section that’s set for transformation runs from the Chicago River to Logan Square. With the help of multiple public access ramps, it will provide a long-awaited leafy recreational route following the closure of this thirty viaduct-strong raised line in 2001.


These concept images by The Trust for Public Land (which is managing the project on behalf of the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District) and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. show the proposed design plans. The proposals include improvements to the structure and aesthetics of the current bridges, an observatory at the Western Trailhead at Ridgeway and enhancement of the existing green spaces to which the linear park will provide greater access.


This aerial view by David Schalliol shows the improvements, which will be made to Churchill Field Park as well as the development of an arts plaza situated above Damen Avenue.


The Center for Neighborhood Technology is hosting ‘Reframing Ruin: A Prelude to the Bloomingdale,’ an exhibition running until August 2013.

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