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Hear from North Lawndale residents about the positive impact more than 50 community gardens are making in their West Side neighborhood.

Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

This program will be hosted on Zoom. Approximately 3 hours before the start of the program, you will receive a link directly from Zoom with details about how to access and view it.

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Discover the stories behind empty North Lawndale lots that have become beautiful havens for residents to share gardening skills and gather outdoors for peace circles, storytelling, art and music events and outdoor recess. This discussion will highlight nine of the more than 50 community gardens in the neighborhood and examine how they are steering North Lawndale toward a safer, more sustainable future.

Community members will share their experiences working in the gardens as well as the impact of the gardens on the North Lawndale community.


Odile Compagnon is a licensed architect with a practice in Chicago and Paris, France, as well as a professorship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. She has taught classes at SAIC’s North Lawndale campus, where her students have engaged in meaningful design collaborations with neighborhood organizations. As a design advisor to the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC)’s Greening Open Space, Water, Soil and Sustainability committee, Odile creates blueprints and drawings that speak about the community’s strong vision and intentional purpose.

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