Okay, so admittedly, it’s 90+ degrees outside as I write this. But Labor Day has come and gone and this is Chicago - fall is on its way. It’s the season of pumpkin spice lattes or apple cider (I’m a cider girl myself, but literally everyone else on GHS staff is on #teamPSL!), changing leaves, cardis, lightweight scarves, and riding boots, and, my favorite thing: strolls around the city on chilly evenings.
There are several great spots to do a bit of urban hiking in the city, but we’ve made it easy for you and narrowed it down to our top three picks for autumn strolling (or bike riding)…
- The 606: This elevated path, formerly called the Bloomingdale Trail, runs along an abandoned railroad bridge alongside Bloomingdale Avenue, from Central Park to Ashland. The path opened about a year and a half ago, and sees hundreds of bikers, runners, and walkers daily. At only 3 miles end-to-end, this is a great spot to take a leisurely stroll as the weather cools off. There are even dozens access points along the trail, allowing you to explore the surrounding neighborhoods (Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Bucktown, and Wicker Park). We recommend hopping off at California Avenue for coffee at CC Ferns (located near the corner of California & Augusta). Fair trade fan Sophia Bush approves!
- The Chicago Riverwalk: Did you stop by Chicago Fair Trade’s recent pop-up shop on Chicago’s famed Riverwalk? If so, you probably wondered why you don’t wander down this often-overlooked waterfront path (frequently overshadowed by its overachieving older sibling, the Lakefront Path) more often. Check it out - where else can you enjoy beautiful architecture, fine dining options, peaceful solitude, a break from Chicago’s notorious wind, and gorgeous river overlooks in the middle of the city?!
- The Ravenswood Corridor: Ravenswood Avenue, a former industrial corridor on the North Side, is now home to hundreds of artsy lofts, creative office spaces, and coffee shops. The architecture is amazing, and there are plenty of places to stop along a stretch from Addison to Lawrence for coffee, snacks, and shopping. We recommend stopping in to browse the eclectic selection of home decor at Architectural Artifacts and grab a slice of pie at social enterprise First Slice Pie Cafe at the Lill Street Art Center (where you can also take a wide range of art classes!). Pro tip: Stop by and see our friends at Mata Traders during next month’s Ravenswood Art Walk!
Happy fall, y'all!