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People’s Choice Award – Public Sector: The 606

Winner in: 2015

Building on Chicago’s legacy for innovative and world-class public spaces, The 606 is a park like no other. Consisting of the elevated 2.7-mile Bloomingdale Trail as its centerpiece and a series of ground-level parks, The 606 brings together arts, history, design, trails for bikers, runners, and walkers, event spaces, alternative transportation avenues, and green space. The opening of The 606 on June 6, 2015, was heralded by leaders of government, Chicago’s civic and corporate communities, the public, and architecture and design experts. The park and trail system serves 80,000 neighbors—including 20,000 children and 21 schools—within a ten-minute walk and is already a popular citywide attraction and tourist destination.