Saturday, August 27, 2022

Designing Whirligigs: A Look Into Each Garden Pt. 3


3618 W. Douglas Blvd., Chicago, IL 60623

The Stone Temple Peace Heritage Garden is a community gathering and educational space.  All produce grown is offered at no cost to people from North Lawndale. 

Adinkra Symbol:
"tree of god" – altar
symbol of God's presence and protection 

 YMEN Bike Box 

Southwest Corner of 13th Street and Pulaski Road

YMEN BIKE BOX is a bike shop in partnership with the youth development organization Young Men’s Educational Network. They provide bike repair alongside sales and rentals of refurbished used bikes, at little or no cost to residents.

Adinkra Symbol:
"except for God"
symbol of the supremacy of God 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Designing Whirligigs: A Look Into Each Garden Pt. 2

3732 W. 16th St., Chicago, IL 60623

The MLK District Garden is a permaculture designed space that incorporates production gardens, fruit orchards, and small farm animal management. 

Adinkra Symbol:
"wisdom knot"
symbol of wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence and patience

1322 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60623

PermaPark is a unique public art-space that is based on the principles of organic architecture and permaculture.

Adinkra Symbol:
"He who does not know can know from learning"
symbol of knowledge, life-long education and continued quest for knowledge

 1581 S. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, IL 60623

Spaulding Memorial Garden is one of Gardeneers’ North Lawndale school gardens, a sunny, buzzing green space designed to give students in food insecure communities equal access to healthy fruits and vegetables.  

symbol of love, safety and security 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

NL Whirligigs: A Look Into Each Garden

3555 W Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60623

FARM ON OGDEN is a multi-use facility that supports and sustains a healthy urban community by bringing food, health, and jobs together in one location.

Adinkra Symbol:
"sack of cola nuts" 
symbol of affluence, power, abundance, plenty, togetherness and unity

3844 W 16th St, Chicago, IL 60623

HOMAN GROWN is a social enterprise focused on propagating urban durable perennials, and on creating regenerative edible and ornamental landscapes.

Adinkra Symbol:


"when you climb a good tree" 

symbol of support, cooperation and encouragement

Douglas Blvd. & Central Park Ave.

LOVE BLOOMS HERE is a social enterprise offering multiple pathways to empowering the community and building resilient food systems on Chicago’s West side.

Adinkra Symbol:


"spider's web"

symbol of wisdom, creativity and the complexities of life

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Happening in the Gardens: North Lawndale Whirligig Project

 In 2021, the GROWSS committee of NLCCC received a Neighborhood Access Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to bring together eight of the community gardens that have shipping containers on their sites. The North Lawndale Whirligig project was born. Whirligigs are sophisticated weather vanes, which not only indicate wind direction and speed, but also help each garden tell the story of its caretakers and present in a fun and creative way the mission that drives them. 

Piet Oudolf at work on the Sears Sunken Garden plant layout  The Friends of Sears Sunken Garden now have a brand new website. Make sure to c...