This morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the 606 trail will join the Lakefront Trail in reopening on Monday, June 22. Both recreational paths closed to the public back in March due to overcrowding as the state's "stay-at-home" order went into effect.
"Like our lakefront, the 606 will be open to anyone looking for an opportunity to run, bike or walk or enjoy the outdoors from 6am to 7pm. But also, like on the lakefront, we're going to emphasize to keep it moving," Lightfoot said. "We want the public to enjoy these iconic opportunities in the outdoors, but we want everyone to do this safely. And we must make sure that we are mobile and moving along the lakefront, along the 606, along the Riverwalk and other outdoor activities. It's critically important that we not congregate; congregation is the worry and concern about spreading COVID-19, which still is very much in our presence."
To keep folks moving along the 2.7-mile elevated path—which runs through Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park and Bucktown—the Park District is working with social-distancing ambassadors, who will be present to keep people from congregating. Lightfoot reiterated that these new steps toward reopening will only work if Chicagoans act responsibly and with caution. If you do plan on hitting the 606 or Lakefront trails when they open next week, be sure to pack a mask, steer clear of crowds and avoid lounging around. While you're at it, brush up on current social distancing practices before leaving the house.
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