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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

Mental health: Explore the therapeutic benefits of nature-based recreation

Transit: Transportation infrastructure and how it impacts accessibility of the coast

Rides to Transform Communities: Using bike rides to benefit health, reclaim public space, and improve access to the coast

Urban Agriculture: Farming as infrastructure for human and coastal health

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

Underutilized Community Spaces: Discover underutilized spaces on Uptown’s lakefront

Historic Preservation: Connect past and present through the history of coastal Uptown

Green Infrastructure: Building by design to blend structure and nature

Attend the Urban Ecology Session on May 21st!


When: Sunday, May 21st, 1:00-3:00pm

Where: ICA GreenRise, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., followed by a walking tour of Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary and Montrose Beach Dunes.

The Urban Ecology session explores the ecological significance of Uptown's coast, including the unique flora and fauna that call Uptown home. The Urban Ecology session will start at 1:00pm at the Institute of Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan Road, for a classroom style experience with local ecology experts, including Susan Ask of animalia project. The second component of the session will be a guided nature walk through Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary and Montrose Beach Dunes.

Things to Know:

  • The session is free and recommended for adults and older children.
  • The guided walk is approximately 2 miles in length and will cover uneven and potentially wet terrain. Dress accordingly!

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About Out and About Uptown's Coast 

Out & About Uptown's Coast aims 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.


For more information about Out and About Uptown's Coast, contact