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Community Gardens

City in a Garden

Beginning in the 1940’s with the Rainbow Beach Victory Garden, Chicago has become home to hundreds of community gardens, many of which can be found in parks across the city.  The practice of community gardening, whether inspired by the desire to transform outdoor space or contribute to healthier lifestyles, is now deeply rooted in modern culture. Gardens have become more than plots of land on which community members can grow fresh produce or contribute to the aesthetics of the park through beautiful ornamental landscapes. They also provide an opportunity to connect with the natural environment and the neighborhood, as a place outside of work and home where a person can find respite from their daily routines, cultivating the soil and their own well-being.

Chicago Park District’s Community Gardens in the Parks program, with the generous support of People’s Gas, provides guidance, support and resources to nearly 70 community garden groups across the city. From helping maintain beautifully landscaped perennial beds to managing your own plot of vegetables, there are a wide range of opportunities available for those who wish to become involved in Chicago’s vibrant gardening movement.

Interested in starting a new garden in your park? New gardens require careful planning and must be registered with the Chicago Park District.

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Arcade Park Community Garden

Arcade Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 11132 S. St. Lawrence

Park: Arcade Park

Park Phone: (312) 747-6576

Ashe Beach Park

Ashe Beach Park

Location Notes: 2701 E. 74th St.

Park: Ashe Beach Park

Park Phone: (312) 745-1479

Notes: Community Garden

Park No. 520

Park No. 520

Location Notes: 916 N. Honore St.

Park: Bertha Honoré Palmer Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7558

Notes: Community Garden

Chase Park Community Garden

Chase Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 4701 N. Ashland Ave.

Park: Chase Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7518

Notes: Community Garden

Chicago Women's Park and Garden Community Garden

Chicago Women's Park and Garden Community Garden

Location Notes: 1801 S. Indiana

Park: Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

Park Phone: (312) 328-0821

Notes: Community Garden

Claremont Park

Claremont Park

Location Notes: 2334 W. Flournoy St.

Park: Claremont Playlot Park

Park Phone: (312) 747-5001

Notes: Community Garden

Commercial Park

Commercial Park

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

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Park: Commercial Club Playground

Park Phone: (312) 742-7558

Descriptors: Ornamental

Dean Garden

Dean Garden

Location Notes: 1344 N. Dean St.

Park: Dean Playground Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7559

Descriptors: Ornamental

Dubkin Park

Dubkin Park

Location Notes: 7442 N. Ashland Ave.

Park: Dubkin Playlot Park

Park Phone: (773) 262-6737

Notes: Community Garden

Eckhart Park

Eckhart Park

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Park: Eckhart Park

Park Phone: (312) 746-5490

Elm Garden

Elm Garden

Location Notes: 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Park: Elm Park

Park Phone: (312) 747-2703

Notes: Community Garden

Eugene Field Garden

Eugene Field Garden

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Park: Eugene Field Park

Park Phone: (773) 478-9744

Notes: Community Garden

Lucy (Flowers) Park

Lucy (Flowers) Park

Location Notes: 2554 W. Moffat St.

Park: Flower (Lucy) Playlot Park

Park Phone: (312) 742-7554

Notes: Community Garden

Goldberg Garden

Goldberg Garden

Location Notes: 7043 N. Glenwood Ave.

Park: Goldberg Playlot Park

Park Phone: (773) 262-5835

Notes: Community Garden

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

Location Notes: 13000 S. Eberhart Ave.

Park: Golden Gate Park

Park Phone: (312) 747-6047

Notes: Community Garden

Green Briar Park

Green Briar Park

Location Notes: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Park: Green Briar Park

Park Phone: (773) 761-0582

Notes: Community Garden

Harrison Garden

Harrison Garden

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Park: Harrison Park

Park Phone: (312) 746-5491

Notes: Community Garden

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