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Out and About Uptown's Coast

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Join us for the full series!

Urban Ecology: Native ecology including wildlife habitat in Uptown’s coastal zone - Read about the event here!

Cycling Uptown: Using bike rides to benefit health, reclaim public space, and improve access to the coast - Read about the event here!

Underutilized Community Spaces: Discover underutilized spaces on Uptown’s lakefront - Read about the event here!

Urban Agriculture:
Farming as infrastructure for human and coastal health - Read about the event here!

Alternative Transit: Transportation infrastructure and how it impacts accessibility of the coast - Read about the event here!

Historic Preservation: Connect past and present through the history of coastal Uptown - Read about the event here!

Mental Wellness & Uptown's Coast: Explore the therapeutic benefits of nature-based recreation - Read about the event here!

Eco-Justice: Citizen participation in community security within the coastal zone

Green Infrastructure: Building by design to blend structure and nature

Eco-Justice: An Expansive View



When: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 2–4:30pm

Where: Clarendon Park Community Center, 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 

In Eco-Justice: An Expansive View, learn how human engagement in Uptown's coast can support justice in our common environmental home. Melanie Eckner of the Uptown Coastal Initiative will offer a history of Uptown's coast, and Fawn Pochel from the American Indian Center will share about coastal eco-justice through an indigenous lens. Chi-Nations Youth Council will lead a guided walk to the Lake.


RSVP for the Eco-Justice session at 

With Expertise from our Partners:


This event is a collaboration with Nourish (comm)Unity, a Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network series that connects people from across Chicago to explore ways that sustainability organizations nourish their communities.

Ask us about future Nourish (comm)Unity events including:


·Intergenerational Connectivity

·Civic Technology



About Out and About Uptown's Coast 

Out & About Uptown's Coast partners with the Uptown Coastal Initiative to raise awareness of Uptown's lakefront and parks through nine experiential, educational sessions that offer attendees rich opportunity for meaningful engagement with the ecology and culture of this Great Lakes coastal community.

The project hopes to connect residents, workers, and visitors, and strengthen links between the well-being of the coastal ecosystem and the health and well-being of those who live, work, and visit Uptown’s coast.

Highlighting local expertise and creating a space for diverse attendees to learn about and explore the area together, each session’s unique lens will target different subjects and circle back to universal accessibility to and stewardship of Uptown’s coast across a spectrum of disciplines.

At the close of Out & About Uptown's Coast, a toolkit highlighting the different approaches taken and lessons learned will be created to help inform future programming as well as participant stewardship and engagement around sustainability in the coast.


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