The hottest real estate in Chicago? Near the Bloomingdale Trail

by Blagica Bottigliero

For years, an old train track remain unused. Three miles of elevated open space sitting there, waiting for someone to play kickball on it. 

That time will soon be over. 

The Bloomingdale Trail is located on the city's northwest side.  Three miles of track that spans four neighborhoods: Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square. Within minutes, people living in these neighborhoods will have access to brand spanking new parks and public space. There are plenty of parks in these areas, but nothing like the Bloomingdale Trail.  

Which is why any single family home that goes up for sale in these neighborhoods gets snatched up within days, sometimes hours.   The first phase of the park isn't slated until fall of 2014, but that's not stopping home buyers from thinking ahead and snatching up space. This would also be a solid time to consider selling your home. 

The Bloomingdale Trail has a new website and name, dubbed 'The 606'. You can download the full plan there, along with donating to the cause.