Credit: Ireashia Bennett

1805 N. Milwaukee

To glimpse the Bloomingdale Trail today, it seems inconceivable that the former rail line was once scheduled to open as a recreation destination in the fall. (Last week the opening was pushed to the middle of next year.) The future elevated park currently looks like little more than dirt and rebar. Most of it, anyway. A small sample of the potential of the so-called 606 project can be found in Bucktown, where late last summer one of the trail’s five access parks opened. The 13,000-square-foot lot known as Park 576 isn’t much more than a pleasant little oasis—some grassy knolls, a concrete path lined with limestone boulders—but for neighbors it’s a welcome reminder that they’re not enduring construction noise and street closures for nothing.