El Paseo Community Garden

Contact Information: Contact a Garden Leader at 773-234-6168, elpaseo.communitygarden@neighbor-space.org
Address: 21st and Sangamon
Neighborhood/Community Area: Pilsen
Garden Established: 2009
Protected by NeighborSpace: 2012
Social Media/Website: El Paseo on FacebookEl Paseo Garden.org 
Community Partners: The Resurrection ProjectPilsen Satellite Senior CenterAlivio Medical Center

About the Garden: El Paseo Community Garden located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and was founded as Growing Station in 2009. It is located on a former brownfield site and was constructed during the first phase of the rails to trails project “El Paseo”. The garden sits along the public path and maintains the area between West 21st Street and West Cullerton Street. A monarch butterfly prairie lives on one side of the path and raised beds on the other. Gardening is offered through private allotment beds or collective beds. Collective beds eliminate waiting lists for participation and allow anyone to get involved. Free food beds are included on the perimeter of the collective beds for visitors. The garden serves as a public green space for the neighborhood, especially for our neighbors in the adjacent senior living and affordable housing apartments. El Paseo Community Garden partners with community members to unite the diverse community through monthly community events, including: volunteer days, educational gardening workshops, potluck parties, annual Harvest Festival, Halloween Haunted Garden, pop-up markets, kids garden days, weekly bee informed hive inspections,  weekly yoga, and weekly meditation.

Our mission is to harness the skills and talents of neighborhood residents and to strengthen environmental stewardship and civic engagement in Pilsen. Our land acts as a community space that provides the opportunity to not only grow healthy food, but become an active member of the community and learn from one another.  We provide opportunities to share knowledge while bridging the cultural gap around issues of health and sustainability.  Our goal is to Empower through Nature.

  • Allotment beds
  • Collective beds
  • Permaculture Food Forest Area
  • Native Prairie
  • Monarch Sanctuary
  • Compost bins
  • 3 Beehives
  • 2 book libraries
  • Onsite Water
  • 3 Sheds equipped with off grid solar panels
  • Picnic Area