Ben Helphand

South Chicago People’s Park

In the South Chicago area there’s a park aptly named the South Chicago’s People’s Park that is open to everyone irregardless of age, their gender or their ethnicity. The park contains more than 175 shrubs, plants and trees, a performance stage, patio and tile mosaic created by local youth.

Paradise Garden

The Austin neighborhood in Chicago established after residents decided to clean up an abandoned lot that had become a site for crime. Neighbors banded together as the Austin Green Team to make the spot safe for Children who walked past it on their way to school.

Old Town Triangle Park

The Old Town Triangle Park is actually located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and is an oasis in an over developed neighborhood that anyone walking along busy Clark Street can enjoy, but many may not spot.

Howard Area Community Garden

Located on the northernmost street in Chicago, the Howard Area Community Garden is a unique triangle-shaped lots on Juneway Terrace where a diverse collection of gardeners come together to grow many kinds of plants in their community garden.

Greenhouse Garden

The residents of this area in the West Town neighborhood came together to turn an empty lot into a garden into a garden when they noticed a lone Chicago gardener started growing tomatoes in the spot.

Frankie Machine Garden

The East Village Association fought to take control of an empty lot lots that was a blight in their Chicago neighborhood and turned it into a community garden that the residents are now proud of.

El Coqui Garden

Named after Puerto Rico’s Coqui tree frog, El Coqui Garden is a school garden for the Von Humboldt Elementary School in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Besides being a place where students learn the community garden has become a meeting place for neighborhood residents of all ages.

Drake Garden

On an empty lot in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, a group of ethnically diverse residents came together to build the Drake Garden on what was once the site of a synagogue.