Out and About in Uptown:  Green Infrastructure

Saturday, April 28
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
at ICA GreenRise
4750 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL

Curious about green infrastructure and how it figures in Uptown’s Coast, past and present? The final session of our series, Green Infrastructure: Building with Nature, will focus on the expanding world of green infrastructure. Special guest Carl Giometti of Chicago Ornithological Society will present about bird-safe building design.

2:30 PM – Learn from special guests
3:30 PM – Walking tour to Leland Greenway, Lincoln Park Honeybee Grove, Marovitz Savanna, Purple Martin Houses, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, and Montrose Beach Dunes.

Please RSVP for the event and sign up for the mailing list.

Questions? Contact Melanie at coastalinitiative ~at~ ica-usa ~dot~ org

Donate your Eclipse Glasses

at the brave lux studio
1770 W Berteau Ave, Chicago IL

We’re collecting eclipse viewing glasses to donate to schools in South America and Asia for the next eclipse in 2017.  Astronomers Without Borders, our partner, will inspect and distribute the glasses.

Look for the collection envelope on the bulletin board in the lobby of the Deagan Building.


events from the recent past

CW Climate Clinic

Sunday, January 27, 2018
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
1000 Riverwalk Drive, Portage IN

Learn how climate change is impacting local species, hear about research going on at Indiana Dunes to assess climate change effects and try out a new climate change traveling trunk available to educators. $40 includes lunch and materials.

register here

Women’s March — Chicago

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9 am Music
11 am Rally
12:30 pm March
Congress & Columbus Ave. (near Buckingham Fountain) Chicago IL

Join us on January 20, 2018 at Congress and Columbus for March to the Polls, the Second Annual Women’s March Chicago.

Public transit, bikes and walking are highly recommended — to reduce headaches and pollution!

Find details about locations, schedule, accessibility and more here.

Chicago Wildness Climate Action Workshop

cw climate action logo chicago wilderness climate clinic
Monday, November 6, 2017, 9 am – 3:30 pm
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago IL

We will discuss current climate-related efforts to increase the region’s health and resiliency for people and nature.  We’ll work together to find specific areas of collaboration to move climate action forward in the near-term.


More info– find details and follow-up information here

Transit to Trail Tourstransit to trail banner animalia project


Uptown Garden Walk

Sunday, September 24
at ICA GreenRise,
4750 N Sheridan, Chicago IL

1:00 pm Presentations from local historian Melanie Eckner, Weiss Hospital’s Terry and animalia’s Susan Ask
2:00 pm Coastal Harvest Tour
4:00 pm Uptown Arbor Tour — led by Andrew Lueck of Planned Forest Solutions

Join the Institute of Cultural Affairs and the Uptown Coastal Initiative for the Second Annual Uptown Garden Walk. Presentations will highlight urban agriculture in Uptown’s coastal zone.  Tours will highlight gardens and the urban forest.

Self-guided tours throughout the day:  find maps

Next stop:  Montrose Beach

Out and About Uptown’s Coast:  Urban Ecology

Sunday, May 21 2017 1 – 3 pm at Montrose Beach

montrose point transit to trail animalia project

The view north from Montrose Point, looking over the dunes to high rise apartments in Chicago. (photo: susan ask)

Come with us for a walking tour of Montrose Beach Dunes.  We’ll focus on how the lakefront has changed in the past, how it might change in the future and how the community can influence the direction and the pace of change.

Our Transit to Trail tour for May is a collaborative event with the Uptown Coastal Initiative, so we’ll also take part in a discussion of ideas for sustaining the Uptown community.  Find more details or download the flier.

Key themes:  In the early 20th century, people worked together to make the beach accessible to everyone.  In the early 21st century, people are working together to make sure there’s room for people and nature at the beach.  How will we work together to protect the beach in the changing climate of the future?
Directions:  meet at the ICA Greenrise 4750 N Sheridan, Chicago IL

Peoples Climate March

Saturday, April 29, 2017, noon at Federal Plaza

We will be at the local march in Chicago– join us(rain or shine) !

Tips for a green march

March for Science

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 am rally on Columbus Drive, 11 am march, noon to 3 expo

Join with others in Chicago — and around the world — to support and celebrate science.

Wild Things

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A conference about nature– for everyone:  volunteers, researchers, managers and enthusiasts.  One of the best gatherings in the city!  We’ll be talking about recent trends in climate data with Molly Woloszyn from University of Illinois Sea Grant.  (There’s lots of other fun stuff, including programs about identifying insects and molluscs, making great photos and telling stories about nature along with more somber sessions on pressing issues in conservation.)

Joe’s garage holiday sale

Saturday 12/10: 4 – 9 pm at the brave lux studio, 1770 W. Berteau Ave (at Ravenswood).

Joe's Garage Holiday Sale 12/10/16 4 pm - 8 pm at 1770 W. Berteau Ave ChicagoMake art not waste!  Shop our selection of art supplies– featuring fine art frames and archival mats, along with fabric, studio equipment, bags and more. Find gifts for your artist friends– and your inner artist.  Come to our holiday sale!

Joe’s Garage is an art supply exchange where we collect surplus supplies and make them available to artists and makers.  All proceeds benefit animalia project’s work on climate action and creating a better environment for all of us.

And– make postcards at our craft table.  Use our stamps and cards to create a personalized message for friends or for legislators.  You decide!

More details about Joe’s Garage and on facebook