Updated: The 606 Announces Winter Light Festival Makeup Date

By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 5, 2016 9:14PM

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The 606 (photo via Ben Campney on Flickr)

Update, Dec. 19:
After being postponed due to weather, Walk the Light is now scheduled for January 7 (5 p.m.). You can keep track of any other potential updates at The 606's website.

Original:
Winter just arrived with an exclamation point, but Chicago’s favorite elevated cycling and walking path is still not only open for business, it’s pulling out the stops. The 606 is dazzling up the night again this weekend with its second annual lights festival.

The 606’s Walk the Light makes its radiant return on Sunday (4 to 6:30 p.m.), and organizers once again urge attendees to don lights, glow sticks, LED candles or “any other creative way to shine.” (No flames, though, please; The 606 will have that covered with fire pits at points along the pathway. Also: don't drive and use your car lights.) There will also be warm drinks and s’mores, plus winter-clothing drives at three access ramps (Milwaukee/Leavitt; Humboldt Blvd. and Ridgeway Ave.). The walk begins at 4 p.m., heading from Milwaukee/Leavitt to Ridgeway, where organizers will have activities set up. Perhaps the best part? The forecast currently calls for light snow showers, which sounds to us like precisely the perfect vibe for this sort of thing.

Consider it a festive pre-game for the anticipated arrival of Luftwerk’s light-art installation Turning Skyward, which will see the local duo bedeck the trail with dynamic LED lights that change in response to shifts in various weather patterns. You can revisit that dream with the video rendering below, plus a couple of select scene’s from last year’s inaugural Walk the Light.

Glorious #festivaloflights on #606 #the606 #chicago #wintersolstice #awalkwithlight #light #illuminated

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Again, don't bring fire. Leave this to the pros:

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