If you haven't been to The 606 Trail yet, you're missing out! This place provides a nice escape from the busy streets of Chicago, and it's an excellent place to run, walk, and cycle. The 2.7 elevated trail stretches through Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square, and Humboldt Park - each of these neighborhoods has their own unique culture and vibe. You should pay a visit to them and see for yourself.
I mentioned it's great for running, walking, and biking... but it that's not your thing, there's actually a fourth activity you can partake in; bar hopping. That's right, you can bar hop along The 606. Ok, not really... there aren't any bars on trail, and no I'm not condoning bringing alcoholic beverages on the trail. The 606 does however run parallel to Armitage Ave, a popular street with restaurants, bars, and other businesses. What this means, is that you can exit the trail, walk the quarter mile north, grab a drink and some food on Armitage, then return to the trail to continue your journey.
Now, I want to make something clear. I'm not suggesting you get hammered drunk and stumble down the 2.7 mile trail causing a disturbance or hurting yourself. That wouldn't be good for anyone. Lets respect the trail, others using it, and ourselves. But if you're up for an urban adventure with a few drinks and a good amount of walking, give this is a shot!
The Route (start from the east end of the trail, on Ashland Ave.)
Stop #1: Map Room (Bucktown)
Exit Ramp: Damen Ave.
Map Room, hence it's name, has a traveler's theme, with beers from all around the world, flags on the walls, and travel books throughout. This neighborhood establishment is known for it's large, eclectic selection of beers. Stop in, have a pint, then get back on the trail for the next stop you don't want to miss!
Stop #2: Parson's Chicken & Fish (Logan Square)
Exit Ramp: Humboldt Blvd.
This retro-themed, locally sourced restaurant and bar has a small, yet powerful menu. I suggest the Parson's Hot (if you like spicy food) or the fish sandwich. Grab a seat on their large patio and enjoy a game of pingpong before you hop back on The 606.
Stop #3: Weegee's Lounge
Exit Ramp: Lawrence
This old school bar has a great selection of cocktails and beer. Finish off your trek down the 606 with a game of shuffle board!
If you made it this far, it's probably time to grab a cab back home. Good luck!