When you think of the area near Midway International Airport you may not always think of it a destination, but the Clearing area has a unique park offering residents one of the most eclectic mix of sights, sounds and textures in Chicago.

Turtle Park And Garden

This garden in Chicago’s Albany Park once was home to a large stone turtle that it was named after. Turtle Park and Garden is home to kids activities throughout the year and it is shared with the areas older neighbors and the areas diverse residents.

Tranquil Garden

The Tranquil Garden sprouted out of an empty lot when residents of the South Shore area decided to take action into their own hands and do something about the weed-filled eyesore they could see from their front porch and turn it into a garden.

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.