Green It Up in Chicago’s Eco-Conscious Andersonville

July 16, 2010

It’s Green Week in Chicago’s greenest neighborhood, and there is eco-friendly fun all weekend long.

Tour Rosehill Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Saturday as part of Andersonville's Green Week 2010.

Residents and businesses in Andersonville have been showing their commitment to green living all week long through events, activities and demos during Green Week 2010.

The neighborhood has covered such green topics as energy efficiency, gardening, composting, sustainable food and more. Many activities are scheduled for this weekend, and area businesses are offering specials as well.

Here are some of the events going on this Saturday and Sunday:

Saturday, July 17

*Andersonville Historic Walking Tour: This free tour with local architect Thom Greene through the neighborhood’s newly designated National Historic District starts at 10 a.m. at the Edgewater Historical Society, 5358 N. Ashland Avenue.

*Make your Own Children’s Nature Book: A free event for children ages 3 and up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Swedish Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street.

*Rain Barrel Demonstration: Learn how to install and use rain barrels from 1 to 2 p.m. at Green Sky, 5357 N. Clark Street. Enter on Balmoral between Clark and Ashland.

*Is Your House Making You Sick? An expert on the affects of toxic substances in the human body will share where hidden toxic substances can be found from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ravenswood Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 5215 N. Ravenswood, Suite 105.

*Composting Barrel Demonstration: Learn about the Upcycle Composter at Green Sky, 5357 N. Ashland from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

*Community Block Party: From 4 to 9 p.m. on Balmoral between Clark and Ashland. Entrance is a $5 suggested donation, and festivities include a Kids’ Corner, eco-friendly kids arts and crafts with WishCraft, live entertainment, line dancing, food, drinks and more.

Sunday, July 18

*Growing a Party & Urban Worm Girl: Enhancing garden hydration and the art of worm composting. Enter the backyard garden through the east gate at 1636 W. Summerdale from 1 to 4 p.m.

*Dog Poop Power Project: Join in the conversation about a pilot project that converts dog poop into fuel from 1 to 3 p.m. at 5401 N. Paulina Street. Refreshments will be served, and dogs are welcome.

*West Andersonville Neighbors Together Community Garden Walk: This free event happens from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ravenswood, east of Metra tracks, between Berwyn and Balmoral.

In 2007, Andersonville was named one of America’s Top Ten Eco-Communities by National Home Magazine.

That same year, the non-profit group Andersonville Development Corporation launched eco-Andersonville, a comprehensive environmental initiative.

Green Week was created by eco-Andersonville.

For more information, visit www.eco-andersonville.org.

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