How 1 Staffer Runs Chicago’s Coolest Route

Margaret started running in college, due in no small part to her persuasive marathon-runner dad. Her first race, the Illinois half-marathon in her college town of Champaign, IL, was the gateway to six more – which have become a family affair! “My mom and sister join my dad and me in many of the races,” she says.

When Margaret Anderson first moved to Chicago in 2014, she thought that it couldn’t get better than living near Lake Michigan. “As a half-marathoner, I spent my Sunday mornings running Lake Shore Drive – from Edgewater to Navy Pier,” she says. “The views were straight out of a tourism brochure.”

When Margaret moved to the west side neighborhood of Logan Square last year, she was excited but also anxious to find a new running route that lived up to the Lake Shore Trail. Lo and behold, she discovered The 606.

This relatively new elevated running path winds through the city’s up-and-coming near-west side, with multiple access points to trendy neighborhoods like Logan Square, Bucktown, and Wicker Park. From start to finish, here’s what keeps Margaret going.

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