"Connect the Spots": Wayfinding Map & bike racks

This is a map to "connect the spots" -- shipping containers in community green spaces and gardens in North Lawndale!

 Each spot is represented by an Adinkra symbol* chosen by the site's caretakers.

 You can secure your bike to a rack with the symbol on it. In 8 of the 9 spots, you can also enjoy the whirligig on site. We hope you visit and enjoy them all!


Farm on Ogden - 3555 W. Ogden Ave., across the street from the Central Park Pink Line stop. Farm on Ogden includes a 50,000-gallon aquaponics system, a 7300 square foot greenhouse, and a fresh food store.

Spaulding Memorial Garden - 1581 S. Spaulding Ave. Just a few blocks west of Douglass Park, Spaudling Memorial Garden is a project of Gardeneers, which collaborates with schools to create gardens for fresh food, education, and community building.

Love Blooms Here Plaza - 3601 W. Douglas Blvd. A community plaza with three upcycled shipping containers and multiple public art pieces. Home to the Lawndale Pop-Up Spot.

Stone Temple Peace Garden - 3615 W. Douglas Blvd. Two lots east of the historic Stone Temple Church, the peace garden is filled with flowers, fresh produce, meditation space, and a beautiful wooden stage for performances and events.

YMEN Bike Box - 1302 S. Pulaski Road. A community bicycle rental and repair space run in collaboration with the Young Men's Education Network and Working Bikes.

CCA Academy PermaPark - 1322 S. Pulaski Road. Opened in 2018, PermaPark uses permaculture techniques to generate a unique "food forest," art, and gathering space.

Homan Grown - 3844 W. 16th St. A social enterprise, wholesale perennial & tree nursery offering landscape design/build services.

MLK District Garden - 3732 W. 16th St. Managed by the North Lawndale Greening Committee, MLK District Garden is just down the street from where Martin Luther King, Jr. lived when he brought his fight for fair housing to Chicago in 1966.

North Lawndale Unity Park Story Trail - 1900 S. Kostner. This park, run in collaboration with NeighborSpace, features a story trail and multiple youth-focused activities throughout the year.


*Adinkra symbols were developed by the Akan people of West Africa, in what is now the country of Ghana. There are dozens of Adinkra symbols, representing various concepts, beliefs, and connections to nature. 

These symbols are found on fabrics, pottery, architecture, furniture, and more. 


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