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The 2.7-mile expanse of unused railway tracks along the northwest side known as the Bloomingdale line is oft used as a desolate escape by joggers, urban explorers, and the occasional vagabond.

As it awaits its conversion by the City of Chicago into a multiuse trail and linear park, a plan that’s been in the works since 2004, the city and some of its residents have tried to lock down the future Bloomingdale Trail, deterring trespassers by barricading entrances with chain-link and iron fencing. But if you’re resourceful enough, there are ways around that. The Bucktown entrance on the west side of Leavitt, just north of Milwaukee, has a hole cut in a section of chain-link and an embankment that allows you to scale up to the Bloomingdale overpass of Milwaukee.