Faculty member Frances Whitehead, lead artist on the 606 design team, spearheads cultural projects along the abandoned Chicago tracks.
Faculty member Frances Whitehead, lead artist on the 606 design team, spearheads cultural projects along the abandoned Chicago tracks.
September 19

Groundbreaking News Coverage of the Bloomingdale Trail

Media reports captured the city’s excitement as crews finally broke ground on the 606, Chicago’s plan to revamp the abandoned Bloomingdale Trail. In a September 16 esend, Art&Education highlighted integrated art projects spearheaded by SAIC faculty member Frances Whitehead (Sculpture), lead artist on the 606 design team. On August 29 the Huffington Post and Crain’s Chicago Business also highlighted the 606’s cultural, social, and environmental aims. On September 11 the Mayor’s Office released a video detailing the future urban oasis. “After a century, we’re taking an old rail track and reinventing it,” Mayor Emmanuel says. “A rail track that once divided neighborhoods that will now unite them.” Conceiving the trail as a “Living Work of Art,” Whitehead has worked with Collins Engineers and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates “to envision the arts and culture as an integrative framework for reimagined civic infrastructure.” Whitehead elaborates on her innovative and integrative approach to design in “Trailblazer,” an article by E+D editor Jeremy Ohmes posted on SAIC’s Highlights page.