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Out and About Uptown's Coast


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

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

Green Infrastructure: Building by design to blend structure and nature

Learn about Connections Between Health and Nature at
Mental Wellness & Uptown's Coast on February 27th




Did you know you could lower your stress level with a visit to Uptown’s coast? Find out more at Mental Wellness & Uptown’s Coast at ICA GreenRise, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., on Tuesday, February 27th, from 6:30-8:30.

Learn about Chicago’s legacy of promoting health and happiness on Uptown’s coast and ways to achieve health benefits from the coast today! In this session, you can learn about:

  •  Connecting Horticultural Therapy to the Coast from Vince Gomez, Manager of Horticultural Therapy Services at Chicago Botanic Garden
  •  Health Benefits of Nature from Teresa Horton, Research Associate Professor in Dept. of Anthropology at Northwestern University 


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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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