The scene: The 606, a new 2.7-mile trail and park space, raises the standards for Chicago’s landscaping legacy. At the inaugural gala June 5, guests were treated to a preview of the innovative elevated trail — which winds through four different neighborhoods and features family-friendly parks, art installations and other modern attractions — before heading to the tented afterparty on the McCormick Tribune YMCA grounds (1834 N. Lawndale).
The invite list: Honorary event chair Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosted the sneak-peek party and welcomed more than 950 guests, who enjoyed small bites from Chef Rick Bayless and a decadent and modern dinner by Chef Molly Brewe — all while sipping on custom libations from Crafthouse Cocktails.
The bottom line: The nearly $1 million raised from the gala will benefit The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit that provides livable and protected parks for communities across the country.
Splash was the media sponsor of this event.
As gala guests entered the Western Trailhead, they were blown away by their first impressions of The 606 and by the horn-driven Lowdown Brass Band performing atop the spiral-shaped Exelon Observatory.
—Beth White, The Trust for Public Land Chicago region director
Photos by James Atkins, Barbara Levant and Erika Dufour