For nearly a century the Bloomingdale freight line has rolled across and above the city’s Northwest side. Today the tracks are aligned to transform the Bloomingdale into an elevated, mixed-use, linear park and trail running through the heart of Chicago, connecting neighborhoods, the river, and Chicago’s great park system.
For our part, we’re hanging prints and preparing to house a photo exhibit on the transformation called Reframing Ruin: A Prelude to the Bloomingdale Trail. The exhibit showcases the community’s documentation of the future trail, its relationship to the diverse neighborhoods it cuts through, and how we currently interact with this stretch of land through photography. It’s hosted by the Center for Neighborhood Technology and presented by Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail and The Trust for Public Land.
Since 2003, Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail have been advocating for a conversion of the rail line into Chicago’s next great park. Many community groups and public agencies have participated in a community charrette that led to the development a framework plan for this major endeavor. The project is on track for completion by fall of 2014. Learn more about the Bloomingdale Trail and its development here or download this poster.
Update: Due to overwhelming interest, we are no longer taking RSVPs for the opening on Feb. 28. We encourage you to visit during open gallery hours at our office from 5:00 – 8:00PM on the following Mondays: March 18, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 8, and August 5. To inquire about a viewing outside of these times please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.