Fall diversions in Logan Square: PARK(ing) Day installations

Betcha back in June when I wrote about the search for Undiscovered public places in Logan Square that you couldn’t even conceive of the spots you’ll discover today on the 2300 block of N. Milwaukee Avenue in conjunction with worldwide PARK(ing) Day.  I think it was last year that an organization created a more hidden installation near the future Bloomingdale Trail. 

But this year Architecture for Humanity goes more visible in Logan Square with an installation in front of Cole’s on busy Milwaukee Avenue (photo above).  They have included some rough prototypes from the winning entry in their street furniture competition (photo right with member Jenny Sculley).  I only regret they didn’t have the rocking horse!  They’re also raising the stakes by providing programming for their “PARK,” much needed for the commercial milieu where they’re setting up for the day.  On tap:  a book exchange, miniature golf, a yoga demonstration and, as darkness falls, a film screening of “Man With The Movie Camera.” 

Close by in front of Revolution Brewing, Urban Habitat Chicago joins Architecture for Humanity with their own installation (photos left and below) that closely resembles the rendering of their plan for the space.  Board member Anna Glenn shared the theme:  Plants of our Lives.  The plants have been donated for the day and their owners have shared stories, which will be on display, of what goodness that greenness has brought them.  You’re invited to share your own story that may show up on their website as they continue to share the stories of people and their plants.

Fall diversions elsewhere:

Songs About Buildings and Moods:  tours depart every 20 minutes on Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. from the Chicago Cultural Center, followed by an afternoon reception from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. with music by the Palomar Ensemble; purchase tickets on-line or call 773-334-3650.




2 Responses to Fall diversions in Logan Square: PARK(ing) Day installations

  1. Meredith says:

    I can’t tell you how happy I am to see Logan Square PARK(ing) Day observances! Rebar (based in San Francisco) originated PARK(ing) Day — and one of the founders is an old friend from middle school. I would love to find a way to bring them to Chicago to make some site specific work (see more of their projects on their site)! Maybe they’ll apply to TRANSIT’s residency program… Thanks, Architecture for Humanity and Urban Habitat Chicago, right on! And thanks for the heads up, Lynn!

    Meredith: What a fun connection to the event! As the years progress, the PARK(ing) Day creations have become more elaborate and more exemplary of what I think Rebar intended. ~ Lynn

    • Meredith says:

      I agree, Lynn! PARK(ing) Day surpassed their hopes. Part of what I love/admire about Rebar is their intention _behind_ their projects. Making PARK(ing) Day “open source” and it spreading all over the world is VERY exciting. So was their band shell designed from only-recycled materials (I believe water bottles and fenders, mostly) and the project where they planted the front gardens of City Hall in SF (with the mayor’s blessing) with edible plants (an idea in ways to feed the homeless, I read)…

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