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The 606 in Chicago: From plans to park with Office 365

Chicagoans are known for their industrial spirit. They built the world’s first skyscraper, and even the devastating fire of 1871 couldn’t hold them back. Though the era of steam and steel might be over, the city has yet again come together in a feat of urban ingenuity. Imagine a project for 80,000 people, 20,000 kids, and 21 schools combined with several construction crews, city agencies, and trusts for public lands. Chicago did, and Office 365 made it happen.

As the Bloomingdale rail line near Chicago’s Logan Square became obsolete in the late 1990s, Chicagoans began to imagine how they could keep the rail line and transform it into open space they could use for recreation. And the idea of the Bloomingdale Trail and Park was born—a physical barrier that once separated five neighborhoods would now unite them. They call it “The 606 Project,” after the zip code prefix all Chicagoans share. An inspired, beautiful plan, yes. But can you imagine the complexity? The millions of tasks and hundreds of people that had to come together to execute such a massive, high-visibility government project? Planning, permits, and people—oh my!

The original builders of Logan Square didn’t have Office 365. But The Walsh Group and the Windy City did. Watch this four-part series to see how adopting and using Office 365 took The 606 from plans to Chicago’s next great park, a park to make the city proud.


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