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15th Annual Bucktown Garden Walk Offers Block Party, Petting Zoo, Children’s Fest And 90+ Gardens

The Bucktown Community Organization event offers nature-loving tourists a glimpse into city gardening techniques while raising money for local schools.

A rooftop garden, one of 95 open to tours during this weekend's Bucktown Garden Walk.
Bucktown Garden Walk
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BUCKTOWN — The 15th annual Bucktown Garden Walk returns this year with a block party, trolley, petting zoo and children’s fest.

Greenery lovers can tour more than 90 private and public Bucktown gardens on the self-guided stroll from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Headquartered in Churchill Park, 1825 N. Damen Ave., the walk is free, but tourists can purchase a guide book and map that will grant them weekend-long access to the trolley, block party and children’s fest.

“It’s a really unique community event and different than other street fairs,” Garden Walk co-chairwoman Meredith Flagstad said. 

Guidebooks can be purchased for $10 from Churchill Park, or from Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia Ave., or Lottie’s Pub, 1925 W. Cortland St.

An optional $5 donation will be asked of attendees at the block party, which will offer food trucks, beer and wine gardens and entertainment.

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The event is produced by volunteers from the Bucktown Community Organization. Proceeds will be reinvested in the neighborhood through local schools, green spaces, youth programming, community art and BCO grants, Flagstad said.

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