The Hideout and NeighborSpace present 2020 Virtual Veggie Bingo!

Virtual Veggie Bingo Wednesday Nights
From April 22nd thru June 24th, 2020 at 7pm


WHAT: Virtual Veggie Bingo!
WHEN: 7pm- 8pm (doors “open” at 6:45pm )
WHERE: ZOOM (See important detailed information below on how to participate)


Veggie Bingo season is starting early, due to urgent social connection needs! 

Gather online this Wednesday Night at the virtual Hideout, play some Zoom Veggie Bingo from the comfort of your home, and get used to this “new normal” in a familiar way.  “Celebrity” callers will host special games and walk you through new online guidelines. Prizes include jams, local honey and coffee, posters, certificates for veggie delivery, and more. (Don’t worry, we will arrange for them to be delivered to you.) 

IMPORTANT STEPS For Playing Veggie Bingo With Us This Wednesday Night. 

  1. Register for play through this zoom link. Please register before the event so you have time to print out a card, etc.
  2. Contribute as part of this fun-raiser to the Virtual Veggie Bingo GoFundMe Page. (The minimum contribution on this platform is $10 (this allows you to play two cards), but feel free to contribute more if you feel generous. This donation funds important food projects across the city.) Each week we will highlight a different NeighborSpace project. See highlighted garden projects for dates below. 
  3. Print/download your bingo cards BEFORE the games begin. There are three ways to get cards. If you have multiple people playing or playing more than one card per person, please consider donating in proportion to that number. A $5 donation per card is our suggestion. 
    1. We have blank cards available here for you to download and print out. Once printed out, fill in numbers of your own. Numbers are 1-75, but be sure to look at the guides under each BINGO letter for each letter’s number range. After printing out and filling in, be sure to gather beans, pennies, cheerios, or other small items to mark your spaces through the game play. 
    2. There are a limited amount of virtual bingo cards available if you want to play from your phone/computer and/or if you don’t have a printer. To be sent one of these virtual bingo cards, please indicate during your zoom registration. (You will need to register before 6 pm on day of play for us to have time to send these to you.)
    3. You are also welcome/encouraged to design and make your own bingo card with crayons and paper- just make sure to design your card so that the proper numbers are filled in with the appropriate number range 1-75. See blank cards above for guidance/examples. 
  4. Show up for Virtual Veggie Bingo, and join our inaugural venture into the online world of social connection. We are sure it will be a fun and bumpy ride, with lots of laughs, gaffes, and good spirits. Speaking of spirits, a Virtual Tip Jar for HideOut employees will be available on the night of- we are supporting both gardens and service workers on these special nights.
  5. Can’t make it “OUT” because of prior commitments but still want to show your support? Donate to Virtual Veggie Bingo GoFundMe Page. Remember, the money raised goes to NeighborSpace community garden/open space projects. Each week, a different community garden/food relief project will be the focus of our social fundraising.
  6. Thanks to our prize donations from Chicago Honey Co-Op, Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks,  Star Farm Chicago, Dark Matter Coffee, City Orchard, Laura Ann’s Jams, Bike-a-Bee Honey, Soup & Bread, Co-Op Sauce, Central Pickling, Homebrew, Gerrymander, Spoken Cafe, Castle Honey, and the HideOut. Please contact if you have prizes/gift certificates that can be mailed
  7. Join us each week-  a different garden and caller will be highlighted each week. Please see schedule below- information will be updated soon.


Garden: Star Farm – Star Farm’s mission is to increase accessibility of locally grown organic produce. They achieve this through a combination of farm stands, community supported agriculture (CSAs), and food donations. In addition, they provide local jobs, job training, and business incubation for adults with developmental disabilities and/or employment barriers, while engaging local families through their children’s and community programming.
Guest Caller: Dag Juhlin, from Expo 76, Poi Dog Pondering, and the Sunshine Boys

Garden: Ginkgo Organic Garden – Ginkgo Organic Gardens is a community garden growing fresh produce for low-income and homeless people in the Uptown area of Chicago. Using organic methods, they grow about 1,500 pounds of vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers each year and donate them to local food banks.
Guest Caller: Amy Lombardi calling all the way from Austin, Texas

Garden: Drake Garden– In the words of one of the main founders of Drake Gardens, ‘This green space has become a catalyst for change in our community.’ So as it was in the 1990s, so let it be in the 2020s.  Together as neighbors & friends and with the support of our 33rd ward alderman Rossana Rodriguez, we are thrilled to begin the revitalization of our Drake Gardens.  Among the exciting new additions will be an open central space for gatherings and performances, brand new benches, plantings, and pathways, as well as new plots for community-usage, and the addition of new signage and garden artwork created by local artists. Currently, the garden is hosting a mini-food bank shed, where those with resources can drop off cans, and those in need can pick them up. 
Guest Caller: Playwright and director Seth Bockley

Garden: We Sow We Grow Project – The We Sow We Grow Project is dedicated to the furtherance of gardening and farming in an urban landscape through education and service. Fresh fruits and vegetables are possible to grow for all and we seek to remove the fear and reservations of growing your own food through community-powered assistance in an urban ag safe space. We seek to connect growers from all over on any and every level.
Guest Caller: Mucca Pazza’s  Justin Amolsch

Garden: Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden – Fulton Street Garden was revitalized by the Taylor family when they moved into the house next door a few years back.  With the Fulton Street Block club, they have developed a rich and productive garden, a meeting place for the community, and strong working relationships with city and not-for-profit entities.  The garden has been honored at the Mayors’ Landscaping Awards and has won competitions at the Garfield Park County Fair.  Each year, we strive to do as much as before and more by learning, teaching, growing, eating, laughing, relaxing, and most importantly, working hard under the Chicago sun!
Guest Callers: Gerald Dowd

Garden:  Cedillo’s Fresh Produce – Cedillo’s Fresh Produce is an incubator farm based at the NeighborSpace Eat 2 Live site and part of the Englewood Village Farms network. Cedillo’s serves P.O.C. communities on Chicago’s West and South sides. You can pick up Cedillo’s fresh produce at the Farm, in Back of the Yard at  Plant Chicago or in the North side at GrowOp. Please follow us on   and 
Guest Caller: Film and Television Actress Rusty Schwimmer

Garden: 6062Trees: Sembrando Bajo el Sol – In Little Village, the vibrant community that proudly welcomes visitors with a warm bienvenidos, a concrete lot was transformed into –6062Trees: Sembrando Bajo el Sol or “sowing in the sun.” Under the leadership of Enlace, the help of community partners and resident volunteers, 6062Trees has evolved into a flourishing allotment garden that is cared for by local individuals, families, and organizations.
In addition to addressing the need for increased growing spaces, this  2017 Chicago Excellence in Gardening Award winner offers a place for community activities, educational opportunities, artistic expression, and a welcoming play area for Little Village youth.
Guest Caller: Laura Ann Masura of Laura Ann’s Jams

Garden: Bronzeville Neighborhood Farm – Uniting the Land and the People: “Don’t take your food for granted.” The Bronzeville Neighborhood Farm is working to connect city dwellers to the land and to the basics of organic food production. Many young people tend to think food magically appears on grocery store shelves. Operating a functioning farm within walking distance allows residents of all ages to see firsthand how the food production process works in real time.
Guest Caller: Dag Juhlin, from Expo 76, Poi Dog Pondering, and the Sunshine Boys

Garden: 71st and Crandon Organic Garden – The 71st and Crandon Organic Garden is located on three vacant city lots in the heart of South Shore, just blocks from the South Shore Cultural Center. The garden was born as a result of the 5th Ward Participatory Budget process. There were months of public meetings at which members of the community asked for multiple community gardens. This desire was winnowed down to a single vision for a garden on the corner of 71st and Crandon. The project would go on to receive more votes than any other in the participatory budgeting process.
In May 2016, 200 hours of volunteer service were donated by moving multiple yards of mulch and soil and planting a total of 19 trees and shrubs: 2 black cherry trees, 5 American plum trees, 1 black walnut tree, 1 pecan tree, 5 hazelnut shrubs, 2 bald cypress, 2 swamp white oaks, and 1 linden tree. These 19 trees/shrubs will help clean the air, reduce runoff into combined sewers, and create a gathering space for the community.
Guest Callers: Sarah Dandelles & Jennifer Quinlan

Garden: North Lawndale Greening Committee – The North Lawndale Greening Committee is an organization that was started in 1995 to increase the amount of green space in the Chicago west side neighborhood of North Lawndale. A large percentage of the land in this community is vacant lots. The North Lawndale Greening Committee was instrumental in transforming vacant lots – full of garbage and weeds, and used by youth and young adults for loitering – into beautiful and productive community gardens.
Guest Caller: Stancil Wood 

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